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A representative or Command Sponsor (sponsor) from your new organization should be available to meet you upon your arrival, provided advance notice of your arrival is received. Your sponsor will assist you by providing necessary transportation and arranging for temporary lodging. If you are not met by anyone and require transportation, local taxis are available at the airport exit. Please report to the Human Resources Office (HRO), Bldg. 200, Commander Joint Region Marianas (CJRM), Guam on the first workday after your arrival.
The initial tour of duty in Guam is 24 months and begins on the date you report to the Human Resources Office to process in for duty. You must complete this initial tour to earn return transportation entitlements to your home of record in the Continental United States (CONUS). Renewal Agreement Travel (RAT) is authorized for tours in Guam.
The Command (e.g., CJRM, Naval Base Guam (NBG), NCTS, NSAAG, MCAG, etc.) authorizes return rights to employees on a transportation agreement who accept a permanent change in station (PCS) to Guam. This means you have rights to return to the position you held prior to accepting an assignment to Guam for a period of five years. Once you complete five years on Guam and do not return to the position you have return right to, you will lose return rights. To return to CONUS without return rights, employees may register in the Priority Placement Program (PPP) within six months of the end of their transportation agreement. Return transportation to your home of record is earned after the prescribed tour of duty is completed.
Employees may be eligible for RAT after completing the initial 24-month tour of duty. Eligibility is subject to the negotiation of a new transportation agreement for 24 months. Employees may travel to and from their home of record (place of actual residence at time of hire) or to an alternate destination. You will need to check with the Civilian Personnel Flight for specific conditions governing travel to alternate destinations.
Home Leave. Employees accrue fifteen (15) calendar days of Home Leave annually which can be used while in an Overseas Tour status.
Annual Leave. Employees accrue a maximum of 360 hours of Annual Leave while in an overseas tour status. The 360 hours of accrued annual leave balance will remain on your leave records once you return to the US as long as you do not go below the 360 hours.
Living in Guam is very expensive! To help offset this high cost, General Schedules (GS) employees receive a 12.62% cost of living allowance (COLA) in addition to their basic pay. The rate of COLA is based on the cost of living in Guam compared with the cost of living in Washington D.C. This rate is subject to annual review and may change without notice.
The COLA is not subject to federal income tax; however, it is subject to state income tax. In addition to the COLA, a 15.95% locality pay (taxable) is incorporated into the employee’s annual base pay and an additional 12.38% non-foreign post differential (NFPD) (taxable) entitlement to stateside hire employees. The amounts for COLA, NFPD, and Locality Pay are subject to change, therefore, please verify with your servicing OCHR and HRO office on the current rates. Federal Wage Systems (FWS); i.e., WG, WL, WS, employees do not receive COLA, however, their wages are based on annual locality wage surveys, and cost of living adjustments are included in the basic hourly wage rate. All FWS salaries are subject to both Federal and State income taxes.