Navy adjusts incoming FDNF sailors' first-term sea duty tour lengths

by Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- To improve readiness and reduce turnover of Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) sea duty units, the Navy announced May 1, that effective immediately, incoming first-term enlisted Sailors assigned to sea duty billets in Japan, Guam and Spain will be assigned to longer tour lengths, in NAVADMIN 107/18.

Prescribed Sea Tours (PST) for first-term Sailors assigned to FDNF sea duty billets will be up to a maximum of 48 months accompanied by dependents and 48 months unaccompanied. If a Sailor's dependents are not given command sponsorship, a maximum of 24 months unaccompanied orders will be issued.

This change only applies to first-term Sailors on their way to their first sea duty tour in Japan, Guam and Spain, and does not apply to assignments listed in exhibit one of MILPERSMAN 1300-308.

First-term FDNF Sailors currently assigned to a sea duty tour in Japan, Guam, and Spain and Sailors on their second or subsequent FDNF sea duty tour are encouraged to take advantage of the incentives offered to extend their tours, as outlined in NAVADMIN 042/18.

First-term Sailors with orders issued on or after May 1, 2018 will not be eligible for incentives listed in NAVADMIN 042/18, but will have any remaining PST obligation from their first sea duty tour waived. Sailors will only become eligible for the Overseas Tour Extension Incentive Program if they extend after completion of their assigned 48 month tour.

For more information, please read NAVADMIN 107/18 located at

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U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (April 20, 2018) Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Mario Sanders signals an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). Donald Cook is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.

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