An ongoing, comprehensive review of assignment and relocation policies, and their effects on families, will allow the Defense Department to see how its leadership uses existing regulations and resources to allow families much-needed flexibility during military moves, an official told senators at a Tuesday meeting.
Testimony from military family advocates in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel panel called into question whether such flexibility exists.
"The area of military assignment and relocation is not an area where there's a lot of law. …. We believe the absence of law now allows for a much further line of demarcation," she said, giving DoD, commanders and families maximum flexibility already.
Gillibrand asked military family advocates to weigh in on DoD's flexibility.
"Right now we're not communicating the potentially negative impact on families because of what they've been ordered to do," Tillis said.
The results of the DoD review will be included in a report due to Congress in June, Barna said, adding that DoD hopes to "ensure we're optimizing the use of existing authorities and resources."