SELECTED RESERVE CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM FOR NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICERS (1135)

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SUBJ/SELECTED RESERVE CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM FOR NAVAL 
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NARR/REF A IS DODINST 1304.29, ADMINISTRATION OF ENLISTMENT BONUSES, 
ACCESSION BONUSES FOR NEW OFFICERS IN CRITICAL SKILLS, SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT 
BONUSES, AND CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUSES FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS.  
REF B IS THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM OF 30 AUGUST 2006, 
REVISION TO DOD INSTRUCTION 1304.29,  ADMINISTRATION OF ENLISTMENT BONUSES, 
ACCESSION BONUSES FOR NEW OFFICERS IN CRITICAL SKILLS, SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT 
BONUSES, AND CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUSES FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS.  
REF C IS THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM OF 14 MARCH 2008, CRITICAL 
SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (CSRB).
REF D IS THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM OF 6 FEBRUARY 2013, 
CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS FOR CERTAIN NAVY SELECTED RESERVE OFFICER 
COMMUNITIES.  
REF E IS THE ASN (M&RA) MEMORANDUM OF 15 FEBRUARY 2013, DELEGATION OF 
AUTHORITY TO ADMINISTER THE SELECTED RESERVE (SELRES) NAVY SPECIAL WARFARE 
(NSW) OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (CSRB).  
REF F IS SECTION 355 OF TITLE 37, U.S.C.
REF G IS RESPERSMAN M-1001.5, NAVY RESERVE PERSONNEL MANUAL.  
REF H IS DODINST 1205.21, RESERVE COMPONENT INCENTIVE PROGRAMS PROCEDURES.
REF I IS DODINST 7000.14-R, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 
REGULATIONS, VOL 7A, CHAPTER 2.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the implementation of a critical skills 
retention bonus (CSRB) program per ref (a), as modified by refs (b) and (c), 
for Selected Reserve (SELRES) Naval Special Warfare Seal officers as 
designated in refs (d) and (e).  This program is effective upon release of 
this message and remains in effect until superseded by another NAVADMIN or 6 
February 2016, whichever occurs first.

2.  To ensure operational readiness today and into the future, the Navy must 
retain the highest quality and best qualified officers.  A vigorous retention 
plan requires flexible tools to ensure retention of the right number of 
officers in the skills necessary to optimize our warfighting capability.

3.  Program Guidance.
    a.  Officer eligibility criteria (criteria below without references are 
Navy Reserve imposed for the purposes of this CSRB program's administration):
        (1) Per ref (a), must be currently serving in the Navy's SELRES in a 
drilling status.  Members currently serving in the Individual Ready Reserve 
(IRR), whether in Voluntary Training Unit (VTU) or Active Status Pool (ASP) 
are ineligible.
Note:  members currently serving in the IRR are highly encouraged to contact 
a Navy recruiting officer regarding potential eligibility of 
incentives/bonuses for affiliating in the Selected Reserve in a drilling 
status.
        (2) Per ref (d), must be worldwide deployable.
        (3) Must have served satisfactorily in the Navy Reserve in a drilling 
SELRES status for a minimum of three years prior to application for this 
CSRB.
        (4) Per ref (a) and ref (f) section 355, must not have completed more 
than 25 years of service (YOS) in an active status in the Navy Reserve, and 
will not complete 25 YOS prior to the end of the period of active service in 
the Navy Reserve for which the bonus is offered.
        (5) Per refs (a) and (d), member must not be in receipt of Special 
Warfare Officer Continuation Pay.
        (6) Must not be under any other contractual obligation to serve in 
the Selected Reserve in a drilling status due to receipt of any other 
incentive (i.e. Officer Affiliation Bonus).  This includes any obligated 
service required to gain eligibility for the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected 
Reserve, or, to meet the eligibility criteria for transferability of 
entitlements under the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.
        (7) Per ref (d), member shall agree to serve in the Selected Reserve 
in a drilling status for a minimum of three years beyond their current 
minimum service requirement outlined in para 3.a(3).
        (8) Per ref (a), member must be fully qualified as a Special Warfare 
Officer (designator 1135) and in the pay grade as prescribed in para 3.b.
        (9) Per ref (f), section 355 and ref (a), the combined total of CSRB 
received by an individual service member during that individual's career 
shall not exceed $100,000.
        (10) Per ref (d), eligible members will be required to complete and 
sign an officer retention bonus written agreement which outlines the program 
guidance contained in this message and ref (a), ref (f) and ref (g).  This 
agreement must be requested by the command, using the procedures described in 
para 4.
        (11) Eligible members will read and sign the NAVPERS 1070/613 to 
document the required three year service obligation.  The following verbiage 
for the NAVPERS 1070/613 shall be used:
"to gain eligibility for the Officer Retention Bonus Program, I hereby agree 
to serve satisfactorily in a drilling status in the Selected Reserve, and in 
a valid billet, for a period of three years from the date of my signature on 
this NAVPERS 1070/613. I fully understand that failure to satisfactorily 
complete this service obligation due to any reasons caused of my own volition 
shall result in immediate termination of my eligibility for this program, 
cancellation of any unpaid anniversary payments, and shall lead to recoupment 
of any unearned portion (if applicable) of the current bonus payment (initial 
or anniversary, as applicable) that I received.
I further understand that if termination is deemed due to my unsatisfactory 
participation that I shall not be eligible for any future entitlement under 
this program.  If I fail to complete the total period of Selected Reserve 
service in the Navy Reserve as specified in this obligation and in the 
DODINST 7000.14-r, DOD Financial Management Regulations, I shall be required 
to repay the unearned portion of this bonus, unless waived through 
secretarial process."

    B.  Eligible designator, pay grade restriction and bonus amount:
DESIGNATOR    PAY GRADE(S)    BONUS AMNT/YEAR         TOT BONUS
                                                        AMNT(3 YRS)
1135        LCDR AND LT*    $15,000 PER YEAR        $45,000

*Only LCDR and LT with eight to 14 years of commissioned service
(YCS) are eligible.

    C.  Bonus Payments:
        (1) Total Bonus Payments:  This CSRB will be paid in three equal 
payments of $15,000 (less taxes), for a total CSRB amount of $45,000 (less 
taxes).
        (2) Initial Bonus Payment:  initial payment will be made (less tax) 
upon receipt and approval of the bonus application by Commander, Navy Reserve 
Forces Command (CNRFC) bonus shop (N11).
        (3) Anniversary Payments:  subsequent anniversary payments will be 
made (less tax) annually, at the end of the anniversary month in which the 
eligibility obligation was established (e.g., the member gained eligibility 
for the bonus and incurred the required service obligation on 20 June 2013; 
the first anniversary payment shall be approved for payment on 30 June 2014).
    D.  Participation Criteria, Termination and Recoupment:
        (1) Unsatisfactory participation:  per ref (a), an officer who has 
entered into a written agreement and fails to complete the total period of 
Selected Reserve service as specified in the agreement will be declared an 
unsatisfactory participant in the Selected Reserve in drilling status. 
Effective date of termination shall be the date the member is declared an 
unsatisfactory participant.
        (2) Per refs (g) through ref (h), an officer who enters into a 
written agreement and fails to serve satisfactorily in the Selected Reserve 
in drilling status, for the entire year for which payment is made, shall 
result in member eligibility for the CSRB being  terminated.
Effective date of termination shall be the date the member is declared an 
unsatisfactory participant.
        (3) Voluntary transfer from Selected Reserve drilling status:
Per ref (h), members that voluntarily transfer to the IRR or are indefinitely 
recalled to active duty in the active forces prior to the completion of any 
year in which bonus payment was made shall result in member eligibility for 
the CSRB being terminated effective on the date of transfer from Selected 
Reserve drilling status.
        (4) Involuntary Mobilization:  members involuntarily mobilized shall 
maintain bonus entitlement during the period of mobilization and for receipt 
of anniversary payments payable during this period.
        (5) Involuntary transfer from Selected Reserve drilling status:
Per ref (h), for members that are required to leave Selected Reserve drilling 
status due to no fault of their own (i.e., officer SERB  board, billet 
tenure, a directed reduction in force, apply board, etc.),  bonus entitlement 
will be terminated effective on date of transfer and  member will not be 
entitled to any unpaid anniversary payments.  If transfer is affected prior 
to completion of the year in which initial or anniversary payment is made, 
recoupment of any unearned portion shall be waived.
        (6) Repayment upon termination of member eligibility:
Members whose bonus eligibility is terminated for circumstances contained in 
para 3.d(1) or 3.d(2) above shall be subject to a pro-rata repayment of the 
unearned portion of the specific initial or anniversary  payment per ref (i).  
Note:  if eligibility is terminated due to unsatisfactory participation per 
para 3.d.(1) or 3.d.(2) above, the member will be ineligible for any future 
retention bonuses.

4.  Eligibility determination and incentive application procedures.
The Navy Reserve Activity (NRA) shall:
    a.  Determine eligibility for the officer critical skills retention bonus 
(CSRB) for all assigned officers per this message.
    b.  Command point of contact (POC) shall send an e-mail request for an 
officer CSRB quota and officer CSRB written agreement to 
cnrfc_officerbonus_shop(at)navy.mil. Request shall include member name (last, 
first, mi), last-4 SSN, rank, designator, manpower availability status (MAS) 
code (if applicable), and current billet.
    c.  Once eligibility is verified by COMNAVRESFORCOM (N11), the completed 
officer CSRB written agreement will be returned via e-mail to NRA POC for 
member and designee signatures.
    d.  After receipt of the officer CSRB written agreement, NRA will 
complete NAVPERS 1070/613 referenced in para 3.a(11) above for eligible 
member.
    e.  To effect bonus eligibility establishment, NRA POC will scan and 
forward a copy of the signed bonus written agreement and NAVPERS
1070/613 to COMNAVRESFORCOM (N11) via the e-mail address above.  If ability 
to scan is not available, submit a request for guidance to the e-mail address 
above.
    f.  Command points of contact may contact COMNAVRESFORCOM (N11) officer 
incentive program specialist for assistance in determining and establishing 
eligibility via the e-mail address above or by telephone at (757) 444-3650.

5.  POC is Mr. Jim Johnson, CNRFC N1C21, at (757) 322-2244/DSN 262 or via e-
mail at james.p.johnson(at)navy.mil.

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

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