RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM

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SUBJ/RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM// 



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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 097/07, ANNOUNCEMENT OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL SKILLS 
RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM.  REF B IS NAVADMIN 126/07, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL SKILLS 
RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM UPDATE.  REF C IS TITLE 37, U.S.C., PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE 
UNIFORMED SERVICES.  REF D IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION 
7000.14, VOLUME 7A, CHAPTER 2, REPAYMENT OF UNEARNED PORTION OF BONUSES AND OTHER 
BENEFITS.// 

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the renewal and modification to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) 
Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) for qualified NSW officers and cancels refs (a) and (b).  Retaining 
NSW officers is a priority for the Navy.  The NSW CSRB is a flexible retention incentive that focuses on 
improving retention of NSW control grade officers.  NSW officers who meet the eligibility criteria in this 
NAVADMIN and hold a 1130 or 1137 designator may apply for this incentive. 

2.  Program Overview.  This bonus is authorized under ref (c), section 355.  
Qualified officers will be offered the opportunity to commit to a five-year or a three-year agreement for 
bonus amounts listed in paragraph 5.  Specific designation of NSW officers as a critical skill and approved 
award levels were prescribed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  NSW Officer Community 
Manager (BUPERS-311D) is designated as the NSW CSRB Program Manager.  All applications for this 
bonus will be submitted to the program manager for approval, payment processing and tracking.  The 
eligibility criteria stated in this NAVADMIN can be changed at any time by the program manager if a 
bonus reduction is warranted based on the needs of the NSW community.

3.  Program Eligibility.  NSW officers with designators 1130 or 1137, who have completed at least 15 
years of active duty commissioned service (ADCS), may be offered the NSW CSRB.  Applicants must meet 
the following eligibility
criteria:
    a.  Designated as a NSW officer (designator 1130 or 1137).
    b.  Receive commanding officer's (CO) written endorsement.  CO must ensure applications are 
accurate and verify applicants meet eligibility requirements.

4.  Program Execution:  
    a.  Officers must submit their request letter to the NSW CSRB program manager via their chain of 
command.
    b.  Officers will receive their bonus amount upon agreement acceptance and then annual anniversary 
payments through the term of the agreement. 
    c.  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.
    d.  CSRB requests for personnel who are being processed for officer designation removal or additional 
qualification designation removal will be held in abeyance pending final resolution of the action in 
question. 

5.  NSW Officer CSRB contract lengths and payments are outlined below.
    a.  The NSW CSRB will be offered in two phases.  Officers will be paid a fixed amount per year of 
service.  If an Officer serves a partial year, that year will be prorated.
        (1) Phase I CSRB.  Applicant must be a NSW officer with 1130 or 1137 designator and screened 
positive at a NSW CO/executive officer (XO) Administrative Screening Board for an XO tour to apply for a 
phase I bonus.  
Phase I contracts encompass 15 to 18 years of ADCS for 1130 designators and
15 to 17 years of ADCS for 1137 designators.  Officers will have the opportunity to receive up to 
$125,000 (1130) and $100,000 (1137) in retention bonuses for phase I contracts.
            (a) NSW officers (designator 1130) with 15-18 ADCS:
                5-year agreement:  $25,000 per year
                3-year agreement:  $15,000 per year
            (b) NSW officers (designator 1137) with 15-17 ADCS:
                5-year agreement:  $20,000 per year
                3-year agreement:  $10,000 per year
        (2) Phase II CSRB.  Applicant must be a NSW officer with 1130 designator and screened positive at a 
NSW CO/XO Administrative Screening Board for a CO tour to apply for a phase II bonus.  Phase II 
contracts encompass 20 to 23 years of ADCS.  Officers will have the opportunity to receive up to $75,000 
(1130) in retention bonuses for phase II contracts.  
NSW (1130) officers with 20-23 ADCS: 
                 5-year agreement:  $15,000 per year
                 3-year agreement:  $10,000 per year
    b.  NSW CSRB agreement obligations will run concurrently with any obligated service the officer has 
incurred for education or fellowships such as postgraduate education.
    c.  NSW CSRB service obligation will not extend a NSW officer (designator
1130) beyond their 26 years of ADCS or a NSW officer (designator 1137) beyond their 21 years of ADCS.
    d.  By law, CSRB paid over the course of an officer's career may not exceed $200,000 for a regular 
component officer and $100,000 for a reserve component officer. 

6.  Application Process:
    a.  Eligible officers may apply for NSW CSRB via their CO to BUPERS-311D. 
Submit applications by mail to:
        OPNAV N131H
        ATTN:  NSW Officer Community Manager
        701 South Courthouse Road
        Bldg 12 Room 3R180
        Arlington, VA 22204
or via encrypted e-mail at SEAL_OCM(at)navy.mil. (Preferred)
    b.  Officers may submit their application early.  However, the date on the officer's application must fall 
within their eligibility window outlined in paragraph 5.  Payments will not be made until all eligibility 
criteria are met.

7.  Recoupment and Repayment Policy.  Repayment policy is governed by ref (c), section 373 and ref (d).  
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.

8.  Point of contact is the Naval Special Warfare Officer Community Manager at (703) 604-5008 or via e-
mail at SEAL_OCM(at)navy.mil. 

9.  Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//

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