It’s no secret that sailors are busier than ever, especially those who are on sea-duty. Still, the reality of how much time individual sailors spend away from home might surprise you.
Personnel tempo, or PERSTEMPO, measures the number of days each sailor spends away their home port on official Navy business. The moment a sailor leaves a home port, the PERSTEMPO clock starts.
Navy Times obtained the last three years — FY15 to FY17 — of PERSTEMPO data for the entire Navy from Navy Personnel Command. That information was then broken down and sorted into the graphics below, which show the five commands in each category where sailors are away from home the most.
Mark D. Faram is a former reporter for Navy Times. He was a senior writer covering personnel, cultural and historical issues. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.