The Marine Corps is refocusing its effort on discovering the best route for Marines to take, and how long they should stay in their units. The Marines are aiming to reduce the amount of permanent change of station orders. While many consider them helpful for Marines looking to advance their career, it heavily disrupts who is available for training and reduces readiness. beginning in 2022, monitors will seek to keep Marines and their families in the same geographic duty station as long as opportunities for career growth exist,” Berger said. “In other words, monitors will make more regular use of Permanent Change of Assignment (PCA) orders, rather than PCS orders.”
For years there has been disagreement of opinions regarding the right balance of moving Marines. One side looks to move Marines quickly to further expand their understanding of the Marines Corps air-ground task force, while the other believes Marines should stay put and develop deeper understandings of specific roles.
“There’s the nuance to the balance,” Black said. “We want people to be encouraged to be able to compete, we want people to be encouraged to excel, that’s part of talent management, right?” Black said.
The Corps is in the process of trimming end strength each year to land at around 175,000 Marines in the coming future.