Navy looks at increasing tour lengths for sailors assigned to Japan
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – The Navy wants sailors to spend more time on their overseas assignments, the service’s personnel chief said.
Vice Adm. Robert Burke, who serves as chief of Naval Personnel and deputy chief of Naval Operations, told sailors and family members at Yokosuka Wednesday that Japan tour lengths could increase to four years.
Most overseas tours for military personnel have been capped at two or three years and that’s a problem, he said.
“A sailor gets [to Japan and] they’re taking 12 to 18 to learn their training and then maybe doing their job for a short months period of time before it’s time for them to move again,” Burke said. “That puts the commands in a state of continuously having to train up their people and not having a seasoned, experienced crew that can train up the new junior folks.”
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