ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM

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R 301934Z NOV 07
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
TO NAVADMIN
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
UNCLAS //N06600//
NAVADMIN 320/07
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/NOV// 
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY CRITICAL 
SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM// 


RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES THE MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS (MSC) 
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (CLIN PSYCH CSRB) 
FOR QUALIFIED MSC CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OFFICERS.
2.  PROGRAM OVERVIEW.  THE CLIN PSYCH CSRB TARGETS LICENSED CLINICAL 
PSYCHOLOGY OFFICERS WITH THREE TO EIGHT YEARS ACTIVE COMMISSIONED 
SERVICE AS A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR INITIAL 
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE OBLIGATION OR MINIMUM SERVICE REQUIREMENT (MSR). 
QUALIFIED MSC CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OFFICERS WILL RECEIVE PAYMENT UP TO 
60,000 DOLLARS FOR A FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT PAID OVER FOUR YEARS AT 15,000 
DOLLARS PER YEAR, AND MAY ENTER INTO SUCCESSIVE FOUR YEAR CONTRACTS 
THROUGH COMPLETION OF EIGHT YEARS OF ACTIVE COMMISSIONED SERVICE (WITH 
AN AGREEMENT FOR OBLIGATED SERVICE THROUGH COMPLETION OF 12 YEARS OF 
ACTIVE COMMISSIONED SERVICE).
3.  COMMANDING OFFICER (CO) ENDORSEMENT AND PROGRAM DELEGATION:
    A.  COMMANDING OFFICERS SHALL ENCOURAGE QUALIFIED OFFICERS TO 
SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR CLIN PSYCH CSRB AND MUST ENDORSE ALL REQUESTS 
IN WRITING.  COMMANDS MUST ENSURE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCURATE AND VERIFY 
APPLICANTS MEET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND HAVE NO PENDING 
ACTIONS WHICH MAY RENDER THEM INELIGIBLE FOR MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB.
    B.  CHIEF, BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY (BUMED) IS DESIGNATED THE 
MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB PROGRAM MANAGER AND IS DELEGATED THE AUTHORITY TO:
        (1) EVALUATE THE ELIGIBILITY OF OFFICERS APPLYING FOR THE MSC 
CLIN PSYCH CSRB;
        (2) ACCEPT MSC CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OFFICER AGREEMENTS TO REMAIN 
ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR THE STATED PERIOD IN EXCHANGE FOR THE MSC CLIN PSYCH 
CSRB; AND
        (3) ADMINISTER THE MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB PROGRAM PER APPLICABLE 
LAWS, DOD DIRECTIVES, DOD INSTRUCTIONS, AND THIS NAVADMIN.
    C.  COMMANDER, NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND (PERS-4415) IS DELEGATED THE 
AUTHORITY TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE REQUESTS FOR VOLUNTARY RELEASE FROM 
WRITTEN AGREEMENTS.
4.  ELIGIBILITY.  APPLICANTS MUST BE REGULAR OR RESERVE COMPONENT NAVY 
OFFICERS ON THE ADL AND MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
    A.  LICENSED, PRIVILEGED, AND PRACTICING AS A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST 
IN THE NAVY MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS (DESIGNATOR 23XX).
    B.  FREE OF ACTIVE OBLIGATED SERVICE INCURRED THROUGH ORIGINAL 
COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS.  (NOTE:  OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE OFFICERS WITHIN 
NINE MONTHS OF COMPLETING THREE YEARS OF ACTIVE COMMISSIONED SERVICE 
MAY SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR MSC CLIN PYSCH CSRB, BUT PAYMENT WILL NOT 
COMMENCE UNTIL COMPLETION OF MSR.)
    C.  HAVE NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS OR GREATER THAN EIGHT YEARS OF 
ACTIVE COMMISSIONED SERVICE AS A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST AS OF THE DATE 
THE CONTRACT IS APPROVED.
    D.  HAVE A FAVORABLE RECOMMENDATION FOR RECEIPT OF MSC CLIN PSYCH 
CSRB FROM THEIR CO.
5.  APPLICATION PROCESS:
    A.  ELIGIBLE OFFICERS MAY APPLY FOR MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB VIA THEIR 
COMMANDING OFFICER.  SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO:
     NAVMED MPTE
     (ATTN:  SPECIAL PAYS)
     8901 WISCONSIN AVE
     BETHESDA MD 20889
    B.  A SAMPLE APPLICATION AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE, 
INFORMATION AND UPDATES ON MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB ARE LOCATED ON THE BUMED 
SPECIAL PAYS WEBSITE LOCATED AT HTTP://NAVYMEDICINE.MED.NAVY.MIL (CLICK 
ON BUMED; SPECIAL PAYS CAN BE FOUND UNDER DEPARTMENTS).
    C.  SUBMISSION OF SIGNED ORIGINAL CSRB SERVICE AGREEMENT AND CO 
ENDORSEMENTS ARE REQUIRED, BUT ADVANCE COPIES OF APPLICATIONS FOR MSC 
CLIN PSYCH CSRB MAY BE FAXED TO THE NAVMED MPTE SPECIAL PAYS OFFICE AT 
(301) 319-0029/DSN 285 OR EMAILED TO THE APPROPRIATE POINT OF CONTACT 
LISTED ON THE SPECIAL PAYS WEBSITE ABOVE.
    D.  GENERAL NOTES:
        (1) APPLICATIONS WILL BE BINDING UPON DATE OF APPROVAL.
        (2) MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB SERVICE AGREEMENTS WILL BE EFFECTIVE 
THE DATE THE APPLICATION IS APPROVED, OR AS SOON AS THE OFFICER 
COMPLETES HIS/HER MSR, WHICHEVER IS LATER.  AFTER COMPLETING THE MSR, 
OFFICERS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CSRB PAYMENTS.  MSC CLIN PSYCH 
CSRB SERVICE AGREEMENT OBLIGATIONS WILL RUN CONSECUTIVELY WITH ANY 
OTHER OBLIGATED SERVICE THE OFFICER HAS INCURRED.
6.  PAYMENT.  THE BONUS IS PAYABLE, AND THE AMOUNT OF THE BONUS BECOMES 
FIXED, AS OF THE DATE THE CSRB SERVICE AGREEMENT CONTRACT IS APPROVED 
BY BUMED M1C1.  PAYMENT OF THE BONUS WILL OCCUR AS OF THE DATE THE 
AGREEMENT IS APPROVED OR COMPLETION OF THE OFFICER?S MSR, WHICHEVER IS 
LATER.
7.  RECOUPMENT AND REPAYMENT POLICY:
    A.  MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB PAYMENTS WILL BE STOPPED FOR OFFICERS WHO 
BECOME INELIGIBLE FOR THIS INCENTIVE OR WHO VOLUNTARILY OR BY THEIR OWN 
MISCONDUCT 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 MSC CLIN PSYCH 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-4415 SUCH RELEASE WOULD BE CLEARLY IN THE BEST INTEREST OF BOTH 
THE NAVY AND OFFICER CONCERNED;
        (2) APPROVED VOLUNTARY REQUEST FOR RELIEF FROM AN ASSIGNMENT;
        (3) REFUSAL TO ACCEPT ORDERS TO A MSC CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY 
CLINICAL BILLET OR OTHER BILLET ASSIGNMENTS AS REQUIRED;
        (4) DISABILITY RESULTING FROM MISCONDUCT OR WILLFUL NEGLECT, OR 
INCURRED DURING A PERIOD OF UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCE;
        (5) SEPARATION FOR CAUSE, INCLUDING MISCONDUCT;
        (6) APPROVED DETACHMENT FOR CAUSE;
        (7) SEPARATION BY REASON OF WEIGHT CONTROL AND/OR PHYSICAL 
READINESS TEST FAILURE; AND
        (8) FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LICENSURE (OR REMAIN QUALIFIED AS A 
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST).
    B.  IF AN OFFICER BECOMES INELIGIBLE FOR MSC CLIN PSYCH 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 PARA 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 A MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB 
SERVICE AGREEMENT, THE REMAINING MSC CLIN PSYCH CSRB BALANCE WILL BE 
PAID AS A LUMP SUM AS PART OF THE SETTLEMENT OF THE OFFICER?S FINAL 
MILITARY PAY ACCOUNT.
8.  POINT OF CONTACT IS MR. W. M. MARIN, NAVMED MPTE, AT (301) 295- 
2073/DSN 295.
9.  RELEASED BY VADM J. C. HARVEY, JR., N1//

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