When you are the survivor of sexual assault, it can create many different feelings, especially if you feel uncomfortable in the workplace. Expedited transfers out of your current unit can facilitate self-care and help with the healing process for those who experienced sexual assault. Marines who feel uncomfortable at their current location can be moved to another place where they may be closer to family and other support systems or generally feel more comfortable.

Who Can Request an Expedited Transfer

A Marine or dependent, age 18 or older, can file an Unrestricted Report for adult sexual assault. The expedited transfer may include a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Permanent Change of Assignment (PCA). The intent is to assist in the person’s recovery by facilitating the move to a new location.

Request an Expedited Transfer

To request an expedited transfer, the person who filed an Unrestricted Report must submit a written request to their Commanding Officer (CO), and include three geographic location preferences. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA) will assist with this process. Any request made outside of SAPR can delay the process and involve people who do not need to know. 

In consultation with the support of a Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), the CO will approve or disapprove a request for transfer within five days of receiving a signed and dated transfer request. The SAPR VA will help with next the steps to process the approval or denial and walk with the Marine to submit the request to the first general or flag officer in the chain of command or Senior Executive Service equivalent. 

Expedited transfers are also available for Marines who file Unrestricted Reports for domestic abuse or have a dependent under the age of 18 who was sexually assaulted by a member of the Armed Forces not related to them. Contact the Family Advocacy Program for more information. 

After a sexual assault, being in a more comfortable place can also lead to other forms of self-care to help with healing and recovery. When Marines are more comfortable, they may be open to counseling sessions, working on their relationships and boundaries with chaplains or the Community Counseling Program. Recovery and healing look different for everyone, but the goal is to get Marines to a point where they’re open to any opportunity that lets them heal from their sexual assault.  

For more information on the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, visit the SAPR Resources page.

*Expedited transfers are only used for instances when someone is feeling unsafe or uncomfortable. If you are feeling unsafe, please speak with your SAPR VA, Victims’ Legal Counsel, or SJA.