Sailors man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge as it pulls into its home port at Norfolk, Va. A shakeup in sea/shore tour lengths will see 20 ratings with longer sea tours, 22 ratings with shorter sea tours and seven ratings with longer shore tours. U.S. NAVY
Sailors man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge as it pulls into its home port at Norfolk, Va. A shakeup in sea/shore tour lengths will see 20 ratings with longer sea tours, 22 ratings with shorter sea tours and seven ratings with longer shore tours. U.S. NAVY

Navy changes tour lengths for 50,000 sailors and boosts reenlistment bonuses

by Joshua Karsten
Stars and Stripes

MANAMA, Bahrain — Over 50,000 sailors will see changes in their planned sea and shore tour lengths, the Navy announced in an updated policy that will affect more than half of all job fields.

The changes to the Sea Shore Flow policy, announced in an administrative message Monday, will affect 47 ratings: 20 will have longer sea tours, 22 shorter sea tours and seven will have longer shore tours.

“This was a necessary adjustment to ensure that we have the right people in the right billets to maintain our operational readiness across the fleet,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John B. Nowell Jr. said in a statement.

The Sea Shore Flow system maps out a path to balance each sailor’s time on land and at sea over the course of a hypothetical 30-year career.

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