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Air Force officials discontinue permissive PCS policy

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Air Force officials here have announced a recent change to the permissive permanent change of station policy.

The permissive PCS program will be discontinued. However, other policies have changed lifting restrictions from the join spouse and base-of-preference programs.

"For years we have allowed our Airmen to make permissive moves paid for out of their own pockets," said Chief Master Sgt. Andy Kaiser, the command chief of the Air Force Personnel Center here. "Since we've stabilized our budget, we can delete provisions for permissive PCS moves and take better care of our Airmen and their families by not asking them to pay for their move out of their own funds."

Air Force officials are allowing more flexibility with other programs to give more options to our Airmen.

The time on station requirement for government funded join-spouse assignments, where the Air Force assigns military couples (when possible) to a location where they can live in the same residence, has changed from 24 to 12 months.

The other PCS change involves recent adjustments in manning requirements for Airmen at stateside bases, which is expected to open up more base-of-preference opportunities for first-term and career Airmen.

"We are encouraged by these changes and the positive impact that will have on our Airmen," Chief Kaiser said.

For more information call the 24-hour Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.