ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (CSRB) PROGRAM

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SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) OFFICER CRITICAL 
SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (CSRB) PROGRAM//



RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES THE NAVAL EOD CSRB FOR QUALIFIED EOD 
OFFICERS AND SUPERSEDES NAVADMIN 219/06.  RETAINING EOD OFFICERS IS A 
TOP PRIORITY FOR THE NAVY.

2.  PROGRAM AUTHORITY.  THIS BONUS IS AUTHORIZED UNDER TITLE 37, UNITED 
STATES CODE, SECTION 355.  SPECIFIC DESIGNATION OF EOD OFFICERS AS A 
CRITICAL SKILL AND APPROVED AWARD LEVELS WERE PRESCRIBED BY THE OFFICE 
OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.  BUPERS-314 IS DESIGNATED AS THE NAVAL EOD 
CSRB PROGRAM MANAGER.  ALL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS BONUS WILL BE 
SUBMITTED TO THE PROGRAM MANAGER FOR APPROVAL, PAYMENT PROCESSING, AND 
TRACKING.

3.  PROGRAM OVERVIEW.  THE EOD CSRB TARGETS EOD DESIGNATED OFFICERS 
PERMANENTLY APPOINTED TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT OR LIEUTENANT COMMANDER.  
LIEUTENANTS WILL BE OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMIT TO A TWO-YEAR OR 
A THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT.  LIEUTENANT COMMANDERS WILL HAVE THE 
OPPORTUNITY TO COMMIT TO A THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT.
BONUS AMOUNTS FOR EACH AGREEMENT ARE LISTED IN PARA 6.  QUALIFIED 
OFFICERS WITH MORE THAN 22, BUT LESS THAN 24 YEARS OF SERVICE MAY APPLY 
FOR A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT.  THESE AGREEMENTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR 
PRORATED PAYMENTS.

4.  PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
    A.  LT EOD CSRB:
        (1) URL OFFICERS (DESIGNATOR 1140/1147) THAT QUALIFIED SENIOR 
EOD TECHNICIAN PRIOR TO 1 OCT 07 AND ASSIGNED ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION 
DESIGNATOR (AQD) KG2 OR QUALIFIED EOD OFFICER WARFARE AFTER 1 OCT 07 
AND ASSIGNED AQD KG5.
        (2) COMPLETED ANY SERVICE COMMITMENT INCURRED THROUGH ORIGINAL 
COMMISSIONING AND GRADUATION FROM NAVAL SCHOOL EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE 
DISPOSAL.
        (3) MEDICALLY AND PHYSICALLY QUALIFIED FOR ASSIGNMENT TO SEA 
DUTY.
    B.  LCDR EOD CSRB:
        (1) URL OFFICERS (DESIGNATOR 1140/1147) THAT QUALIFIED EOD 
OFFICER WARFARE AND ASSIGNED AQD KG5.
        (2) COMPLETED TWO YEARS TIME IN GRADE.
        (3) MEDICALLY AND PHYSICALLY QUALIFIED FOR ASSIGNMENT TO SEA 
DUTY.

5.  PROGRAM EXECUTION
    A.  SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE EOD COMMUNITY MANAGER (BUPERS-
314) USING THE FORMAT IN PARA 7.
    B.  BUPERS-314 IS DESIGNATED AS THE EOD CSRB PROGRAM MANAGER AND IS 
DELEGATED THE AUTHORITY TO:
        (1) EVALUATE THE ELIGIBILITY OF EOD OFFICERS APPLYING FOR EOD 
CSRB;
        (2) ACCEPT EOD OFFICER AGREEMENTS TO REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR 
THE STATED PERIOD IN EXCHANGE FOR A EOD CSRB; AND
        (3) ADMINISTER THE EOD CSRB PROGRAM PER APPLICABLE LAWS, DOD 
DIRECTIVES/INSTRUCTIONS, AND THIS NAVADMIN.
    C.  SERVICE MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE THEIR BONUS AMOUNT UPON AGREEMENT 
ACCEPTANCE AND THEN IN ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY PAYMENTS THROUGH THE TERM OF 
THE AGREEMENT.
    D.  UPON ACCEPTANCE OF AN OFFICER'S AGREEMENT BY THE PROGRAM 
MANAGER, THE AMOUNT OF THE BONUS BECOMES FIXED AND THE OFFICER INCURS A 
FIRM SERVICE OBLIGATION.
    E.  CSRB REQUESTS FOR PERSONNEL WHO ARE BEING PROCESSED FOR OFFICER 
DESIGNATION REMOVAL OR RESTORATION WILL BE HELD IN ABEYANCE PENDING 
FINAL RESOLUTION OF THE ACTION IN QUESTION.
    F.  ANNUAL LT CSRB CONTRACT QUOTAS WILL BE BASED ON SECOND AND 
THIRD TOUR DEPARTMENT HEAD REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EOD OFFICER COMMUNITY.
    G.  ANNUAL LCDR CSRB CONTRACT QUOTAS WILL BE BASED ON LCDR 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EOD OFFICER COMMUNITY.
    H.  ALL CO'S SHALL ENCOURAGE QUALIFIED OFFICERS TO SUBMIT 
APPLICATIONS FOR EOD CSRB AND MUST ENDORSE ALL REQUESTS IN WRITING.
COMMANDS MUST ENSURE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCURATE AND VERIFY APPLICANTS 
MEET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING NO PENDING ACTIONS WHICH 
MAY RENDER AN APPLICANT INELIGIBLE FOR EOD CSRB.  APPLICATION DELAYS 
INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT COMMUNITY QUOTAS WILL BE MET BEFORE AN 
OFFICER'S APPLICATION IS RECEIVED.

6.  BONUS AMOUNTS
    A.  LT EOD CSRB:
        (1) THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT.  OFFICERS WHO COMMIT TO THREE YEARS 
OF ADDITIONAL ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE WILL RECEIVE 25,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR, 
PAID IN EQUAL INSTALLMENTS OVER THE COURSE OF THE AGREEMENT.
        (2) TWO-YEAR AGREEMENT.  OFFICERS WHO COMMIT TO TWO YEARS OF 
ADDITIONAL ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE WILL RECEIVE 20,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR, 
PAID IN EQUAL INSTALLMENTS OVER THE COURSE OF THE AGREEMENT.
    B.  LCDR EOD CSRB:
        (1) THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT.  OFFICERS WHO COMMIT TO THREE YEARS 
OF ADDITIONAL ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE WILL RECEIVE 22,000 DOLLARS UPON 
THEIR SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF LCDR AND 12,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR THEREAFTER 
OVER THE COURSE OF THE AGREEMENT.
    C.  EOD CSRB AGREEMENT OBLIGATIONS WILL RUN CONCURRENTLY WITH ANY 
OBLIGATED SERVICE THE OFFICER HAS INCURRED FOR EDUCATION OR FELLOWSHIPS 
SUCH AS POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION.

7.  APPLICATION PROCESS
    A.  ELIGIBLE OFFICERS MAY APPLY FOR EOD CSRB VIA THEIR COMMANDING 
OFFICER.  OFFICERS MUST SUBMIT SIGNED ORIGINAL AGREEMENT AND CO 
ENDORSEMENT BY MAIL TO:
        COMMANDER, NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND (PERS-464)
        5720 INTEGRITY DRIVE
        MILLINGTON TN 38055-4160
    B.  SAMPLE APPLICATION FORMAT FOR EOD CSRB FOLLOWS:
                                                             7220
                                                             DATE
FROM:  (ELIGIBLE OFFICER, USN, XXX-XX-1234/DESIG)
TO:    COMMANDER, NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND (PERS-464)
VIA:   (CHAIN OF COMMAND)

SUBJ:  REQUEST FOR FY-XX EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) CRITICAL
       SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (CSRB)
REF:   (A) 37 U.S.C. 355
       (B) NAVADMIN XXX/08, EOD CSRB PROGRAM

1.  I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE PROVISIONS OF REFERENCES (A) AND
(B) INCLUDING ALL PROVISIONS RELATING TO TERMINATION OF PAYMENTS TO BE 
MADE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH RECOUPMENT 
BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SUMS PAID MAY BE REQUIRED, TO WHICH I AGREE.  I 
UNDERSTAND REFERENCES (A) AND (B) AUTHORIZE RECOUPMENT OF EOD CSRB IF I 
FAIL TO COMPLETE THE PERIOD OF SERVICE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS REQUEST AND 
AGREEMENT.  I HEREBY APPLY FOR THE EOD CSRB AUTHORIZED BY REFERENCES 
(A) AND (B).

2.  I AGREE TO REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY AS AN EOD OFFICER FOR (TWO OR
THREE) YEARS, SERVE IN AN EOD BILLET, AND NOT RESIGN OR RETIRE WITH AN 
EFFECTIVE DATE PRIOR TO THE END OF THIS AGREEMENT.  I UNDERSTAND I AM 
NOT ELIGIBLE FOR RE-DESIGNATION TO A NON-EOD DESIGNATOR PRIOR TO 
COMPLETION OF MY EOD CSRB AGREEMENT.  I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN IF 
MY EOD CSRB CONTRACT EXPIRES PRIOR TO THE END OF MY TOUR, I MAY NOT BE 
RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNTIL MY PROJECTED ROTATION DATE.
I ALSO UNDERSTAND MY ACCEPTED APPLICATION IS BINDING AND I WILL BE 
ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE (40,000, 46,000, OR 75,000 DOLLARS) IN SPECIAL PAY 
AS DESCRIBED IN REFERENCES (A) AND (B).

3.  I UNDERSTAND THAT RECOUPMENT OF THE UNEARNED PORTION OF THE CSRB IS 
REQUIRED ON A PRO-RATA BASIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 37, UNITED STATES 
CODE, SECTION 303A(E), IF I FAIL TO MAINTAIN ELIGIBILITY OR FAIL TO 
COMPLETE THE FULL CONTRACTUAL PERIOD OF OBLIGATED MILITARY SERVICE OF 
THIS AGREEMENT EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
    A.  SEPARATION BY OPERATION OF LAWS OR BY OPERATION OF MILITARY 
SERVICE OR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE POLICIES.
    B.  DEATH OR DISABILITY WHICH IS NOT THE RESULT OF MISCONDUCT, 
WILLFUL NEGLECT, AND NOT INCURRED DURING A PERIOD OF UNAUTHORIZED 
ABSENCE.

4.  ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING MY APPLICATION MAY BE DIRECTED TO:
DSN/COMM NUMBER:
E-MAIL ADDRESS:
                               (SIGNATURE)
                               TYPED NAME
    A.  SUBMISSION OF SIGNED ORIGINAL CONTRACTS AND CO ENDORSEMENTS ARE 
REQUIRED, BUT ADVANCE COPIES OF APPLICATIONS FOR EOD CSRB MAY BE FAXED 
TO THE EOD ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (PERS-464A) AT
(901) 874-2759/DSN 882.
    B.  GENERAL NOTES:
        (1) APPLICATIONS WILL BE HELD UNTIL PAYMENT ELIGIBILITY DATE.
        (2) APPLICATIONS WILL BE BINDING UPON THE DATE OF APPROVAL.

8.  RECOUPMENT AND REPAYMENT POLICY
    A.  EOD CSRB PAYMENTS WILL BE STOPPED FOR OFFICERS WHO BECOME 
INELIGIBLE FOR THIS INCENTIVE OR FAIL TO COMPLETE THE FULL PERIOD OF 
ADDITIONAL OBLIGATED SERVICE.  OFFICERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPAY THE 
UNITED STATES THE PERCENTAGE OF THE BONUS REPRESENTING THE UNEXPIRED 
PORTION OF THE OBLIGATED SERVICE UNDER THE EOD CSRB.  SITUATIONS 
REQUIRING RECOUPMENT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
        (1) APPROVED REQUEST FOR VOLUNTARY RELEASE FROM WRITTEN 
AGREEMENT IF, DUE TO UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, IT IS DETERMINED BY
PERS-464 SUCH RELEASE WOULD BE CLEARLY IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF BOTH 
THE NAVY AND OFFICER CONCERNED;
        (2) APPROVED VOLUNTARY REQUEST FOR RELIEF FROM AN ASSIGNMENT;
        (3) REFUSAL TO ACCEPT ORDERS TO AN EOD BILLET;
        (4) DISABILITY RESULTING FROM MISCONDUCT, WILLFUL NEGLECT, OR 
INCURRED DURING A PERIOD OF UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCE;
        (5) SEPARATION FOR CAUSE, INCLUDING MISCONDUCT;
        (6) APPROVED DETACHMENT FOR CAUSE; AND
        (7) SEPARATION BY REASON OF WEIGHT CONTROL AND/OR PHYSICAL 
READINESS TEST FAILURE.
    B.  IF AN OFFICER BECOMES INELIGIBLE FOR EOD CSRB FOR ANY OF THE 
REASONS BELOW, PAYMENTS WILL STOP, BUT RECOUPMENT OF PAYMENTS ALREADY 
RECEIVED WILL NOT BE REQUIRED:
        (1) DISABILITY, INJURY, OR ILLNESS NOT THE RESULT OF MISCONDUCT 
OR WILLFUL NEGLECT, OR NOT INCURRED DURING A PERIOD OF UNAUTHORIZED 
ABSENCE.
        (2) SEPARATION FROM NAVAL SERVICE BY OPERATION OF LAWS OR 
REGULATIONS INDEPENDENT OF MISCONDUCT.
        (3) DEATH (SEE SUBPARA C BELOW).
        (4) WHERE SECNAV DETERMINES REPAYMENT WOULD BE AGAINST EQUITY 
AND GOOD CONSCIENCE, OR WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE 
UNITED STATES.
    C.  FOR OFFICERS WHO DIE WHILE SERVING UNDER AN EOD CSRB SERVICE 
AGREEMENT, THE REMAINING EOD CSRB BALANCE WILL BE PAID AS A LUMP SUM AS 
PART OF THE SETTLEMENT OF THE OFFICER'S FINAL MILITARY PAY ACCOUNT.
IF DEATH IS DETERMINED TO BE THE RESULT OF THE MEMBER'S OWN MISCONDUCT, 
TERMINATION OF FUTURE PAYMENTS AND RECOUPMENT OF THE BONUS, AS 
APPLICABLE, WILL BE MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED FOR 
MEMBERS WHOSE INABILITY TO COMPLETE A CONTRACTED PERIOD OF SERVICE IS 
VOLUNTARY OR THE RESULT OF MISCONDUCT.

9.  ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE, INFORMATION AND UPDATES REGARDING THE EOD CSRB 
PROGRAM ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BUPERS WEBSITE.

10.  POINT OF CONTACT:  LCDR ANDROS, BUPERS-314, AT (901) 874-4991/DSN 
882-4991 OR EMAIL BRADLEY.ANDROS(AT)NAVY.MIL

11.  RELEASED BY VADM M. E. FERGUSON III, N1.//

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