RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ENLISTED AND CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM

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NAVADMIN 162/13

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SUBJ/RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ENLISTED AND CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 
CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM// 



REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/301539ZJUN11//
REF/B/DOC/TITLE 37 U.S.C.//
REF/C/DOC/DOD/17SEP08//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 190/11, MODIFICATION TO NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ENLISTED 
AND WARRANT OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM.  REF B IS TITLE 
37, U.S.C., SECTION 355, SPECIAL PAY,  RETENTION INCENTIVES FOR MEMBERS 
QUALIFIED IN CRITICAL MILITARY SKILLS OR ASSIGNED TO HIGH PRIORITY UNITS.  
REF C IS DOD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION 7000.14, VOLUME 7A, CHAPTER 2, 
REPAYMENT OF UNEARNED PORTION OF BONUSES AND OTHER BENEFITS.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN cancels ref (a) and announces the renewal of Naval 
Special Warfare (NSW) Senior Enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer Critical 
Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) Program.  The NSW Senior Enlisted and Chief 
Warrant Officer CSRB is part of the Navy's overarching effort to size, shape 
and stabilize the NSW force.

2.  Program Overview.  This bonus is authorized under ref (b).  Specific 
critical Navy Enlisted Classifications (NEC) and approved award levels have 
been prescribed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Chief of Naval 
Operations, NSW Enlisted Community Manager (BUPERS-324) and NSW Officer 
Community Manager (BUPERS-311D) will act as the program managers for the NSW 
Senior Enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer CSRB program.  All applications for 
this bonus will be submitted to the NSW Enlisted Community Manager (BUPERS-
324) for processing and tracking.  By law, a member may receive no more than 
$200,000 in Critical Skills Retention Bonus/Continuation Bonus monies over a 
career.  Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) awards are not included in that 
cap.  The eligibility criteria stated in this NAVADMIN can be changed at any 
time by the program managers if a bonus reduction is warranted based on the 
needs of the NSW community.

3.  Eligibility.  Naval Special Warfare enlisted members with NEC 532X or 
535X, in paygrades E-7 and above, and Chief Warrant Officers with designators 
7151 and 7171, who have completed at least 19 years of active service, shall 
be offered the NSW CSRB.  Furthermore, applicants must meet the following 
eligibility criteria:
    a.  Be serving on active duty in a regular component;
    b.  Have the commanding officer's favorable recommendation for receipt of 
NSW CSRB; and
    c.  Members under an existing CSRB contract are not eligible to receive 
an additional CSRB for service outlined in original contract agreement.

4.  NSW CSRB contract lengths, payments and active duty service obligations 
are outlined below:
    a.  Members may sign a contract in their 18th year of service (YOS).  
CSRB 
payments begin at 19 YOS.  Enlisted members may contract to their High Year 
Tenure (HYT) mark.  E-7 are eligible to contract to 24 YOS.  E-8 and CWO2/3 
are eligible to contract to 26 YOS.  E-9 and CWO4/5 are eligible to contract 
to 30 YOS.  If a member serves a partial year, that year will be prorated.  
Specific bonus amounts are graduated per year of service.
        (1) Phase one NSW CSRB.  Member must be CWO2 7151/7171 or Special 
Warfare Operator (SO)/Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) E-7 select or above 
to apply for a phase one bonus.  Members will have the opportunity to receive 
up to $110,000 in retention bonuses for phase one contracts.  At a minimum, 
member must contract to 22 years of service.  
YOS                Bonus Amount Per Year
19+                $15,000
20+                $20,000
21+                $25,000
22+                $25,000
23+                $25,000
        (2) Phase two NSW CSRB.  Member must be CWO2 7151/7171 or SO/SB E-8 
select or above to apply for a phase two bonus.  Phase two corresponds with 
E-8 HYT and encompasses 24 to 26 years of service.  Members will have the 
opportunity to receive up to $50,000 in retention bonuses for phase two 
contracts.
YOS                Bonus Amount Per Year
24+                $25,000
25+                $25,000
        (3) Phase three NSW CSRB.  Member must be CWO4 7151/7171 or SO/SB E-9 
select or above to apply for a phase three bonus.  Phase three corresponds 
with E-9 HYT and encompasses 26 to 30 years of service.  Members may have the 
opportunity to receive up to $40,000 in retention bonuses for phase three 
contracts, up to the statutory cap for CSRB payments.
YOS                Bonus Amount Per Year
26+                $10,000
27+                $10,000
28+                $10,000
29+                $10,000
        (4) CSRB contract phases may be combined as illustrated in the table 
below as long as the member is eligible to receive payments to the contracted 
end dates.  Award amounts tabulated represent a member contracting at the 
beginning of the specified YOS.  Actual amounts may vary depending on the 
effective date of the CSRB contract.
YOS   2 Years   3 Years   4 Years   5 Years   6 Years   7 Years
19    N/A       $60,000   $85,000   $110,000  $135,000  $160,000
20    $45,000   $70,000   $95,000   $120,000  $145,000  $155,000
21    $50,000   $75,000   $100,000  $125,000  $135,000  $145,000
22    $50,000   $75,000   $100,000  $110,000  $120,000  $130,000
23    $50,000   $75,000   $85,000   $95,000   $105,000  $125,000
24    $50,000   $60,000   $70,000   $80,000   $90,000   N/A
25    $35,000   $45,000   $55,000   $65,000   N/A       N/A
26    $20,000   $30,000   $40,000   N/A       N/A       N/A
27    $20,000   $30,000   N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A
28    $20,000   N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A     
    b.  NSW CSRB contracts shall be for a minimum of two and maximum of seven 
years.  Members under CSRB contract will not submit a request for retirement 
or tender a resignation with an effective date that is prior to completion of 
the agreement.  Enlisted members must reenlist or extend their enlistment 
contract for a period of at least one year.  Qualified members may reenlist 
for six years and simultaneously sign a 12 month extension to maximize the 
seven year NSW CSRB opportunity.  Members are authorized early reenlistment 
in order to align CSRB and reenlistment contracts.  Reenlistments and 
extensions may be combined to align service dates for maximum opportunity.
    c.  HYT dates are firm and HYT waiver requests will not be considered 
during the NSW CSRB application process.  Members are not eligible for CSRB 
payments past their HYT date.

5.  Program Execution
    a.  Members should submit a request letter for NSW CSRB to the program 
manager 60 to 180 days prior to entering into a NSW CSRB contract via their 
chain of command.
    b.  Upon acceptance of a member's agreement by the program manager, the 
amount of the bonus becomes fixed and the member incurs a firm service 
obligation.
    c.  Service members will receive the bonus in a lump sum payment, 
effective from the date of contract execution.
    d.  As members transfer from the legacy CSRB program to the revised 
program outlined in this NAVADMIN, waivers regarding the two year minimum 
reenlistment will be reviewed by the program manager.
    e.  CSRB requests for personnel who are being processed for NEC removal 
or restoration will be held in abeyance pending final resolution.

6.  If operational commitments limit the ability to submit CSRB applications 
via this manner, commands should submit requests through their immediate 
superior in the chain of command, who can submit the request to the program 
manager.

7.  CSRB approval will not currently update the Defense Joint Military Pay 
System (DJMS) of the Sailor's intent to reenlist.  Until DJMS can be 
programmed to accept CSRB reenlistment payments, manual processing is 
required.  Payment should post to the member's account by the second pay 
period following the day the program manager receives notification of 
reenlistment or CWO contract.  Master Military Pay Account (MMPA) must 
reflect contract or obligated service for enlisted members and tax-free 
status (if applicable) must post to MMPA for both enlisted and CWO prior to 
final submission.

8.  The following documents are required:
    a.  60-180 days prior to contract:
        (1) Member's letter requesting a NSW CSRB contract; and
        (2) Commanding officer's endorsement letter.
    b.  Prior to payment, members must submit a copy of reenlistment contract 
and/or extension agreement with proof of tax-free status if applicable.

9.  Recoupment and Repayment Policy.  Per ref (c), a member of the uniformed 
services who enters into a written agreement with specified service 
conditions for receipt of a bonus is entitled to the full amount of the bonus 
if the member fulfills the conditions of that written agreement.  If the 
member fails to fulfill the service conditions specified in the written 
agreement for the pay, then the pay may be terminated and the member may be 
required to repay an amount equal to the unearned portion of the pay.

10.  Points of contacts are:
    a.  SEAL and SWCC Enlisted Community Manager, CDR B. Randall, (901) 874-
2858 or via e-mail at bartley.randall(at)navy.mil 
    b.   SEAL and SWCC Enlisted Community Manager Technical Advisor, 
SOCM S. Studdard, (901) 874-2195 or via e-mail at steven.studdard(at)navy.mil 
or phone.
    c.  SEAL and SWCC Enlisted Community Manager Technical Advisor, Mr. F. 
Wienbeck, (901) 874-3552 or via e-mail at frederick.wienbeck(at)navy.mil.
    d.  Assistant Naval Special Warfare Officer Community Manager, (703) 604-
5008 or via e-mail at SEAL_OCM(at)navy.mil.

11.  Released by Vice Admiral S. R. Van Buskirk, N1.//
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