Navy families granted delayed PCS travel

Washington, DC - Great news for Navy families who are facing a permanent change of station—or PCS—there’s a new rule to allow delayed travel for a service member’s spouse and family.

Currently, the Navy would only approve requests to delay dependent travel until the end of the current school term—meaning either June or December. Under the new policy, that takes effect immediately, Navy families are now authorized to join their sailor at the end of the school year.

According to the Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs, the new rule is designed to “minimize the disruption to the education of school-aged children and increase family stability, Navy has revised the delayed dependent travel policy for Sailors who are undergoing a PCS and have school-aged dependents.”

Under the new regulation, sailors may also be authorized a housing allowance based on where the family permanently resides.

This revision falls in line with Joint Travel Regulations.

For questions on this updated policy, contact the Military Pay and Compensation Policy Branch via email at

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