Armed Forces News

Effective immediately, all unaccompanied Sailors serving

with Marine Corps units in Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan, will

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fall under Marine Corps policy that requires a two-year

tour rather than a one-year stint, according to the Navy

Personnel Command. Sailors on accompanied orders will

serve three-year tours. Sailors currently assigned to the

Third Marine Expeditionary Force or Marine Corps Bases

Japan on one-year unaccompanied tours will have their

current Projected Rotation Date honored, as will Sailors

who have orders to Third MEF or MCBJ and have already

departed from their detaching command. Sailors who have

not yet left detaching commands will receive an order

modification lengthening their tours to two years. Married

Sailors on their first enlistment serving a one-year

unaccompanied tour may elect to change to a three-year

accompanied tour, as long as they obtain command approval

and sponsorship for their spouses.