Navy Expands Government Travel Card Use for PCS Moves

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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Sailors are now authorized to use the Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) for permanent change of station (PCS) moves.  This announcement comes in advance of the conditions based restart to the PCS move process, and provides a proven and reliable option to Sailors to support their financial travel needs during a PCS move.

“Over the past year, the Navy has piloted the use of the GTCC for PCS travel expenses and the feedback we have received and our assessment give us confidence that this provides a great option for Sailors during the PCS move process,” said Capt. Chris Harris, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Assignment, Leave and Travel business design owner.

“The ease of use combined with our new GTCC PCS Support Cell for immediate support during a PCS move really gives our Sailors a great resource to make the moving experience better.”

NAVADMIN 176/20 announced the final rollout of GTCC use for PCS travel and expands the program so that active-duty Sailors moving within or outside the continental U.S. can use the GTCC for PCS-related travel expenses in lieu of a traditional travel advance for PCS moves.

To provide enhanced customer support, NPC has established a GTCC PCS Support Cell within the MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) Contact Center to assist Sailors who have questions or are experiencing difficulties using their GTCC during PCS.  This cell builds on the previous MNCC success with the Command Pay and Personal Administrator (CPPA) Pro-to-Pro cell stood up last year to provide direct support to CPPAs.

This cell is easily reached through the MNCC Contact Center and is staffed with subject matter experts including CPPAs and GTCC Agency Program Coordinators (APC) to quickly solve problems Sailors might experience while using their GTCC for PCS purposes after detaching from their previous command.

Additionally, Sailors in extremis can contact Citibank directly (number on the back of the card) for help requesting a temporary credit limit increase for up to five days under their “No Strand” policy.

Adding to the MNCC vast arsenal of tools to help Sailors, these GTCC PCS Support Cell agents are able to provide services such as placing a Sailor into a mission critical status during a PCS move in the event there is an issue.  Upon normal check-out, APCs at the losing command should place cards in a mission critical status before the Sailor departs.

GTCC holders who elect not to use the card prior to travel may still activate it during the PCS process.  The GTCC PCS Support Cell can be contacted by calling the 24/7 MNCC call center regarding issues related to the GTCC at 1-833-330-MNCC (1-833-330-6622) or by email at askmncc@navy.mil.  Sailors will then be directed to a GTCC PCS Support Cell agent.

The option to use the GTCC for PCS travel is for active duty Sailors.  Expenses covered include Temporary Lodging Expenses or Temporary Lodging Allowance at the old or new permanent duty station, fuel for a privately owned vehicle when authorized as the mode of transportation, rental cars and fuel (if authorized), lodging and meals in route, dislocation allowance expenses normally used to establish a household, and ATM withdrawals.

The use of the GTCC cannot be combined with a travel advance, used for personally procured moves (formerly known as do-it-yourself or DITY moves), used for commercial airfare for PCS travel (all commercial airfare for PCS travel will continue to be booked through the Navy Passenger Transportation Office), used for personal travel arrangements during leave in conjunction with orders, or used for medical expenses.

The GTCC option for PCS is another service provided by the MyNavy HR team to modernize the pay and personnel process and improve the customer experience for Sailors and their families.  It adds to the number of recently released products to support Sailors during a PCS move that include numerous offerings available via the MyPCS Mobile web enabled site.

On MyPCS Mobile you can view a streamlined, plain language set of orders, complete an interactive PCS checklist tailored to your move plan, use a PCS Entitlements Calculator, and complete an easy to use electronic travel claim.  MyPCS Mobile can be downloaded from the Navy App Locker at https://www.applocker.navy.mil.

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NAVNORTH FRAGO Summary Graphics

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SG’s Message – Words That Define Us

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Esteemed colleagues:

At this time last year we were happily awaiting the Fourth of July holiday, relishing the opportunity for outdoor recreation, barbecues, and relaxing with our friends and family.  Little did we know, a year later, we would be facing the prospect of a fifth month of restrictions in our daily life including social distancing, the need to wear facial coverings, and the loss of our cherished freedom of movement.

We begin this summer very different as we continue to face an adversary that shows no signs of backing down.  Recent trends, in fact, demonstrate a concerning increase in cases affecting all of our Navy and Marine Corps team, to include Navy Medicine personnel.  How will we respond to this ongoing challenge?  For me, four words that describe Navy medicine’s foundational characteristics provide the answer:  resolve, persistence, toughness, and resilience.

Resolve:  to decide firmly on a course of action.  As the Navy’s medical force, our war fighters and their families look to us to provide the expertise to protect them.  They also look to us as role models for how to behave and act in this challenging environment.  We must demonstrate the resolve to practice what we preach and become the standard-bearers for how to overcome this adversary.

Persistence:  firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.  Time and again, Navy Medical personnel have demonstrated the ability to fight through adversity to complete their mission.  We are no strangers to sustained, superior performance.  Now more than ever, staying the course, even in the face of what may seem like overwhelming odds and insurmountable challenges, is critically important.

Toughness:  the ability to deal with hardship or to cope in difficult situations.  Toughness is a core Navy attribute.  We relish the opportunity to show others that we have what it takes, no matter the circumstance.  When the going gets tough, Navy Medicine gets going.  As our Navy motto attributes – Semper Fortis.

Resilience:  the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.  A key characteristic of high reliability organizations is that they take a hit and come back stronger.  SARS-CoV-2 has hit us hard, but much like the USS Constitution, we are built of sterner stuff.  As a learning organization, we know knowledge is power and each encounter with our adversary has made us stronger.  Every day the insights gained by our scientists, public health experts, and medical teams have made us more powerful.  We use this power for the benefit of those that we have the privilege of protecting.  We thrive on the opportunity to grow and adapt.

Resolve, persistence, toughness, and resilience…these words define our incredible team and the characteristics that will see us through this challenge.  As our Nation finds itself in the midst of this generational struggle, know that you are the living embodiment of these words, and it is you who gives Navy Medicine its power to prevail.  Thank you for all you do and please know what a privilege it is to serve alongside you.

With my continued respect and admiration,


Bruce L. Gillingham, MD, CPE, FAOA


Surgeon General, U.S. Navy

Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery