Department of Homeland Security

Save $300 (M) Million annually by extending some tour lengths

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As part of an annual 300 (M) million dollar savings plan, Commands, Assignment Officers and Detailers need to annually solicit and identify eligible military members willing and or able to accept a 12-month tour extension. Target extension goals should be no less than ten percent (10%) of an each assignment year’s (AY) transferring workforce.



Each year the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) spend approximately 3(B) Billion dollars in travel expenses for military members and their families during reassignment. That’s approximately $30,000 dollars per member per Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move.

To improve fiscal efficiency in both the DHS and DoD, respective services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard) should seek to optimize fiscal efficiency by extending an eligible member’s assignment tour-length whenever possible. It should be noted that certain circumstances preclude a tour extension. Reasons typically include: recurrent training qualifications and requirements, promotion, Officer career-development, and Command Cadre leadership opportunity. However, it should also be recognized that a significant number of operational and non-operational job billets exist where an extension would be to the benefit of the government, with minimal negative consequence to the member’s career track. Furthermore, evidence from recent GOA study indicates willingness by many members to accept tour extensions.

The 1999 G.O.A report was based on a sample of 66,040 military members drawn from a

population of 1,419,269 active duty DOD and U.S. Coast Guard personnel, who were below the rank of admiral or general and had at least 6 months of service. The study indicated a direct relationship between assignment duration and overall job satisfaction. The GOA found as tour length increased, members’ overall satisfaction with military way of life also increased- which improved workers' performance.

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