ANNOUNCEMENT OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM

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NAVADMIN 097/07
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SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM// 


RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES THE NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL 
SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (NSW CSRB) FOR QUALIFIED NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE
(NSW) OFFICERS.  RETAINING NSW OFFICERS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE NAVY 
AND THE UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND.  THE NSW CSRB IS A 
FLEXIBLE RETENTION INCENTIVE THAT FOCUSES ON IMPROVING RETENTION OF NSW 
CONTROL GRADE OFFICERS.  NSW ACTIVE COMPONENT (AC) UNRESTRICTED LINE 
(URL) OFFICERS AND LIMITED DUTY OFFICERS (LDO) WHO MEET THE ELIGIBILITY 
CRITERIA IN THIS NAVADMIN MAY APPLY FOR THIS NEW INCENTIVE. 
2.  PROGRAM AUTHORITY.  THIS BONUS IS AUTHORIZED UNDER TITLE 37, UNITED 
STATES CODE, SECTION 323.  SPECIFIC DESIGNATION OF NSW OFFICERS AS A 
CRITICAL SKILL AND APPROVED AWARD LEVELS WERE PRESCRIBED BY THE OFFICE 
OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.  CNO (N131H) IS DESIGNATED AS THE NAVAL 
SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM MANAGER.  
ALL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS BONUS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE PROGRAM 
MANAGER FOR APPROVAL, PAYMENT PROCESSING AND TRACKING.  
3.  PROGRAM OVERVIEW.  THIS PROGRAM IS EFFECTIVE 1 MAY 2007.  
AGREEMENTS MAY BE SUBMITTED TO THE PROGRAM MANAGER IMMEDIATELY BUT 
INITIAL PAYMENTS WILL NOT COMMENCE UNTIL MAY 2007.  OFFICERS WILL BE 
OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMIT TO A FIVE-YEAR OR A THREE-YEAR 
AGREEMENT FOR BONUS AMOUNTS LISTED IN PARA 6.  QUALIFIED OFFICERS WITH 
20 OR MORE, BUT LESS THAN 22, YEARS OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE (YCS) MAY 
ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS LESS THAN THE FULL FIVE YEARS (BUT MORE THAN 
THREE); THESE AGREEMENTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRORATED PAYMENTS FOR THE 
FINAL YEAR AT THE FIVE YEAR RATE.  ADDITIONALLY, QUALIFIED OFFICERS 
WITH 22 OR MORE, BUT LESS THAN 23, YCS MAY APPLY FOR A THREE YEAR 
CONTRACT.  EXAMPLE 1:  IF AN AC URL OFFICER (DESIGNATOR 1130) HAS 21 
YCS HE MAY SIGN UP FOR A FOUR-YEAR AGREEMENT PAID AT THE FIVE-YEAR 
RATE.  
EXAMPLE 2:  IF A URL AC OFFICER HAS 22 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS OF 
COMMISSIONED SERVICE HE CAN SIGN UP FOR A THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT THAT 
WILL OBLIGATE HIM TO SERVE UNTIL 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS OF COMMISSIONED 
SERVICE.
4.  PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY.  THIS BONUS MAY BE PAID TO AC NSW OFFICERS 
(DESIGNATORS 1130 AND 6150) WHO HAVE COMPLETED ANY SERVICE COMMITMENT 
INCURRED THROUGH THE OFFICER S INITIAL COMMISSIONING PROGRAM AND THE 
NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER CONTINUATION PAY (SPECWAROCP) PROGRAM. 
TO QUALIFY: 
    A.  AC URL OFFICERS (DESIGNATOR 1130) WHO:
        (1) ARE DESIGNATED AS A NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER 
(DESIGNATOR 1130) AND ASSIGNED ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION DESIGNATOR
(AQD) SEAL QUALIFIED (QC1 OR QC9).
        (2) HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST 15, BUT NO MORE THAN 25, YEARS OF 
ACTIVE COMMISSIONED SERVICE. 
        (3) COMPLETED AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER TOUR AND HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED 
AQD EXECUTIVE OFFICER QUALIFIED (QE1).  EXECUTIVE OFFICER CREDIT CAN 
ALSO BE CERTIFIED BY DOCUMENTATION IN THE OFFICER S FITREP AND SHOULD 
BE NOTED IN THE COMMANDING OFFICERS ENDORSEMENT.
        (4) RECEIVED COMMANDING OFFICER S WRITTEN ENDORSEMENT.  
COMMANDING OFFICERS MUST ENSURE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCURATE AND VERIFY 
APPLICANTS MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.  ALL OFFICERS SERVING IN AN
MFP-11 (SEAL) BILLET MUST HAVE THEIR APPLICATION ENDORSED BY THEIR NSW 
COMMANDING OFFICER OR ONE OF THE SIX NSW MAJOR COMMANDERS.  NSW 
OFFICERS SERVING OUTSIDE THE NSW COMMUNITY IN A NON MFP-11 BILLET MUST 
HAVE THEIR CSRB APPLICATION ENDORSED BY CNSWC.  
ADDITIONALLY, ALL NSW CAPTAINS MUST HAVE THEIR APPLICATIONS ENDORSED BY 
CNSWC.  THE INTENT IS FOR ALL CSRB APPLICATIONS TO RECEIVE ENDORSEMENT 
FROM THE FIRST NSW QUALIFIED COMMANDING OFFICER (OR ABOVE) IN AN 
APPLICANTS CHAIN OF COMMAND. (FOR EXAMPLE, AN 1130 OFFICER SERVING AT 
THE US NAVY WAR COLLEGE IN NEWPORT, RI MUST HAVE HIS CSRB PACKAGE 
ENDORSED BY THE CNSWC)
    B.  LIMITED DUTY OFFICERS (DESIGNATOR 6150) MUST HAVE: 
        (1) BEEN PERMANENTLY APPOINTED AS A SEAL LIMITED DUTY OFFICER 
(DESIGNATOR 6150) AND HAVE SERVED AT LEAST 10, BUT NOT MORE THAN 20, 
YEARS 
OF ACTIVE COMMISSIONED NAVAL SERVICE. 	 
        (2) RECEIVED COMMANDING OFFICER S WRITTEN ENDORSEMENT.  SEE 
PARA 4A(4). 
5.  PROGRAM EXECUTION:  
    A.  SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE NSW OFFICER COMMUNITY MANAGER 
(N131H) USING THE FORMAT IN PARA 7.
    B.  N131H IS DESIGNATED THE NSW CSRB PROGRAM MANAGER AND IS 
DELEGATED THE AUTHORITY TO:
        (1) EVALUATE THE ELIGIBILITY OF OFFICERS APPLYING FOR THE NSW 
CSRB;
        (2) ACCEPT NSW OFFICER AGREEMENTS TO REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR 
THE STATED PERIOD IN EXCHANGE FOR AN NSW CSRB; AND
        (3) ADMINISTER THE NSW 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. 
6.  BONUS AMOUNTS:
    A.  FIVE-YEAR AGREEMENTS:  OFFICERS WHO COMMIT TO FIVE YEARS OF 
ADDITIONAL ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE WILL RECEIVE $25,000 PER YEAR, PAID IN 
EQUAL INSTALLMENTS OVER THE COURSE OF THE AGREEMENT.  
    B.  THREE-YEAR AGREEMENTS:  OFFICERS WHO COMMIT TO THREE YEARS OF 
ADDITIONAL ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE WILL RECEIVE $15,000 PER YEAR, PAID IN 
EQUAL INSTALLMENTS OVER THE COURSE OF THE AGREEMENT. 
    C.  QUALIFIED OFFICERS WITH 20 OR MORE, BUT LESS THAN 22, YCS MAY 
ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS LESS THAN THE FULL FIVE YEARS (BUT MORE THAN 
THREE).  THESE AGREEMENTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRORATED PAYMENTS FOR 
THE FINAL YEAR OF THEIR AGREEMENT AT THE FIVE-YEAR RATE.  ADDITIONALLY, 
QUALIFIED OFFICERS WITH
22 OR MORE, BUT LESS THAN 23, YCS MAY APPLY FOR A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT. 
    D.  NSW 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 NSW CSRB VIA THEIR COMMANDING 
OFFICER.  
SUBMIT APPLICATIONS BY MAIL, EMAIL OR FAX TO:
        N131H
       (ATTN:  NSW OFFICER COMMUNITY MANAGER)
       RM 3613 NAVY ANNEX BLDG #2
       WASHINGTON, DC  20370
OR EMAIL TO KENNETH.NIEDERBERGER@NAVY.MIL OR 	  		   
MARGARETHE.FULLER@NAVY.MIL OR FAX TO (703) 614-1189/DSN 224.
    B.  OFFICERS MUST SUBMIT SIGNED ORIGINAL AGREEMENT AND CO OR CNSWC 
ENDORSEMENTS. 
    C.  A SAMPLE APPLICATION FORMAT FOR NSW CSRB FOLLOWS:
 **********************BEGIN FORMAT************************

                                                      7220
                                                      DATE

FROM:  (ELIGIBLE OFFICER, USN, SSN/DESIG)
TO:    NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER COMMUNITY MANAGER 
       (N131H)
VIA:   (CHAIN OF COMMAND)

SUBJ:  REQUEST FOR FY-0X NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL 
       SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (NSW CSRB)

REF:   (A) TITLE 37, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 323
       (B) NAVADMIN XXX/07 NSW CSRB PROGRAM

1.  I HEREBY APPLY FOR THE CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS AUTHORIZED 
BY REFERENCES (A) AND (B).  I HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND, AND AGREE TO THE 
PROVISIONS OF REFERENCE (B), INCLUDING ALL PROVISIONS RELATING TO 
RECOUPMENT OF PAYMENTS TO BE MADE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT AND THE 
CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH RECOUPMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SUMS PAID IS 
REQUIRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 37, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 
303A(E).

2.  I CERTIFY THAT I MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN 
REFERENCE (B).  
I FURTHER CERTIFY THAT I HAVE COMPLETED MY MINIMUM SERVICE OBLIGATION 
INCURRED THROUGH MY INITIAL COMMISSIONING PROGRAM AND THAT I AM NOT 
RECEIVING PAYMENTS, OR UNDER ANY SERVICE OBLIGATION, FROM THE NAVAL 
SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER CONTINUATION PAY.  

3.  CONTINGENT UPON ACCEPTANCE OF MY APPLICATION FOR THIS BONUS, I 
AGREE TO REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY AS A NSW OFFICER FOR (THREE OR FIVE) 
YEARS, AND ACCEPT THE NSW CSRB PAYMENTS OF (AMOUNT HERE) PER YEAR.  I 
FURTHER AGREE NOT TO VOLUNTARILY REQUEST REDESIGNATION OR LATERAL 
TRANSFER TO ANOTHER NAVAL OR MILITARY COMMUNITY, RESIGN OR REQUEST TO 
RETIRE FOR (THREE OR FIVE) YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ACCEPTANCE OF THIS 
AGREEMENT.  

4.  I UNDERSTAND THAT RECOUPMENT OF THE UNEARNED PORTION OF THE 
CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS 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.

5.  I ALSO UNDERSTAND MY ACCEPTED APPLICATION IS BINDING AND I WILL BE 
ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ($15,000 OR $25,000) PER YEAR IN SPECIAL PAY PER 
REFERENCES (A) AND (B).

TYPED NAME *************************END FORMAT************************

8.  RECOUPMENT AND REPAYMENT POLICY.
    A.  NSW CSRB PAYMENTS WILL BE STOPPED FOR OFFICERS WHO BECOME 
INELIGIBLE FOR THIS INCENTIVE OR FAIL TO COMPLETE THE FULL PERIOD OF 
ADDITIONAL OBLIGATED SERVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 37, UNITED STATES 
CODE, SECTION 303A(E).  OFFICERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPAY THE UNITED 
STATES THE PERCENTAGE OF THE BONUS REPRESENTING THE UNEARNED PORTION OF 
THE OBLIGATED SERVICE UNDER THE NSW CSRB.  SITUATIONS REQUIRING 
RECOUPMENT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
        (1) CNSWC ENDORSED REQUEST FOR VOLUNTARY RELEASE FROM THE 
WRITTEN AGREEMENT IF, DUE TO UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, IT IS DETERMINED BY 
CNSWC AND N131H SUCH RELEASE WOULD CLEARLY BE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF 
BOTH THE NAVY AND THE OFFICER CONCERNED;
        (2) REFUSAL TO ACCEPT ORDERS TO AN NSW BILLET COMMENSURATE WITH 
AN OFFICERS PAY GRADE;
        (3) DISABILITY RESULTING FROM MISCONDUCT, WILLFUL NEGLECT, OR 
INCURRED DURING A PERIOD OF UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCE;
        (4) SEPARATION FOR CAUSE, INCLUDING MISCONDUCT;
        (5) APPROVED DETACHMENT FOR CAUSE;
    B.  IF AN OFFICER BECOMES INELIGIBLE FOR NSW 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 SUBPARAGRAPH 8C BELOW); AND
        (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 BEFORE RECEIVING THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE 
BONUS DUE (INCLUDING CONTRACTED FUTURE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PAYMENTS) AND 
DEATH IS NOT CAUSED BY THE MEMBER S MISCONDUCT, THE REMAINING UNPAID 
BONUS BALANCE IS PAYABLE AS A LUMP SUM FOR INCLUSION IN THE SETTLEMENT 
OF THE DECEASED MEMBER S FINAL MILITARY PAY ACCOUNT.  
IF DEATH IS DETERMINED TO BE THE RESULT OF THE MEMBER S OWN MISCONDUCT, 
TERMINATION OF FUTURE PAYMENTS AND PRORATION OR 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.  POINT OF CONTACT:  CDR NIEDERBERGER, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER 
COMMUNITY MANAGER (N131H), AT (703) 614-8327 OR EMAIL AT 
KENNETH.NIEDERBERGER(AT)NAVY.MIL, OR MARGARETHE FULLER, NAVAL SPECIAL 
WARFARE ASSISTANT COMMUNITY MANAGER, AT
(703) 614-3289 OR EMAIL AT MARGARETHE.FULLER(AT)NAVY.MIL.
10.  RELEASED BY VADM J. C. HARVEY, JR., N1.// BT #0000 

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