SPECIAL PAY FOR RETENTION OF SELECTED RESERVE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN CRITICALLY SHORT WARTIME SPECIALTIES

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NAVADMIN 163/13 

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SUBJ/SPECIAL PAY FOR RETENTION OF SELECTED RESERVE HEALTH CARE
PROFESSIONALS IN CRITICALLY SHORT WARTIME SPECIALTIES//



REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/041352ZJAN12//
REF/B/DOC/ASD/12JUL11//
REF/C/DOC/DOD/1AUG12//
REF/D/DOC/COMNAVRESFOR/5JUN12//
NARR/REF (A) IS NAVADMIN 008/12, SPECIAL PAY FOR RETENTION OF SELECTED 
RESERVE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN CRITICALLY SHORT WARTIME 
SPECIALTIES.  REF (B) IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE 
(HEALTH AFFAIRS) (ASD (HA)) MEMORANDUM DESIGNATING FY 2012-2013 
RESERVE COMPONENT WARTIME HEALTH CARE SPECIALTIES WITH CRITICAL 
SHORTAGES.  REF (C) IS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS, DOD 7000.14-R
VOLUME 7A.  REF (D) IS RESPERS M-1001.5, NAVY RESERVE PERSONNEL MANUAL.//

Rmks/1.  This NAVADMIN supersedes ref (a), is effective immediately, and 
remains in effect until superseded.

2.  To ensure operational effectiveness today and into the future, the
Navy must retain our highest quality and best qualified officers.  A 
vigorous retention plan, governed by ref (b), requires flexible tools to 
ensure we are retaining the right number of officers with the right skills
to optimize our warfighting capability.

3.  Program guidance  
    a.  Officer eligibility criteria:
        (1) Must be worldwide deployable, and currently serving in the 
selected reserve.  Members currently serving in the individual ready 
reserve (IRR), including a voluntary training unit (VTU) are ineligible.
        (2) Must have served satisfactorily in a selected reserve status
for a minimum of three consecutive years immediately prior to submitting a 
special pay for retention application.
        (3) Must have no current contractual obligations for receipt of
any affiliation bonus, accession bonus, and financial assistance per chapter
56 of ref (c). 
        (4) Shall agree to serve in the Navy Selected Reserve for a 
minimum of three years. 
        (5) Must be fully qualified in the specific eligible designator, 
subspecialty, and paygrade as prescribed in para 3.b below and be serving
in a valid billet.
        (6) Must possess and maintain for the duration of the obligated 
service required of this special pay period, current valid and 
unrestricted health professional license(s)/certification(s) and such
additional credentials and privileges as required to practice in the 
critical specialty for which this special pay is authorized.
        (7) If eligible, officers will be required to read and sign a 
NAVPERS 1070/613 via Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS)
to document the required three year Selected Reserve service obligation
requirement. The following verbiage for the 1070/613 shall be used:  
"To gain eligibility for special pay for Retention, I hereby agree 
to serve satisfactorily in a Selected Reserve status in the Navy Reserve
in a valid billet and maintain proper credentialing in the critical 
skill for which I have applied, for a period of three years from the 
date of my signature.  I understand that failure to satisfactorily 
complete this service obligation due to any reasons caused of my own 
free 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 
special pay 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."
        (8) All eligible members shall also be required to complete 
and sign a special pay for selected reserve healthcare professionals
in critically short wartime specialties written agreement which outlines
the program guidance contained in this message.  This agreement must be
requested by the command, using the procedures described in para 4 below.
    b.  Eligible designators, subspecialty, paygrade restriction and 
special pay amounts:
Designator    SSP          Paygrade(s)             Special Pay Per Year/Total
2105          15BX         CDR and LCDR only       $25,000 per year/$75,000
              15CX         CDR and LCDR only       $25,000 per year/$75,000
              15DX         CDR and LCDR only       $25,000 per year/$75,000
              15HX         CDR and LCDR only       $25,000 per year/$75,000
              16PX         CDR and LCDR only       $25,000 per year/$75,000
              16QX         LCDR only               $25,000 per year/$75,000
              16XX         CDR and LCDR only       $25,000 per year/$75,000
2205          1700         LT only                 $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1725         CDR and LCDR only       $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1750         CDR and LCDR only       $25,000 per year/$75,000
2305          1800         CDR and LCDR only       $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1802         LCDR and LT only        $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1805         LCDR and LT only        $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1860         LCDR and LT only        $10,000 per year/$30,000
2905          1910         LT and LTJG only        $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1930         LCDR and LT only        $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1950         LCDR, LT and LTJG only  $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1960         LT and LTJG only        $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1972         LCDR and LT only        $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1973         LCDR, LT and LTJG only  $10,000 per year/$30,000
              1981         LCDR and LT only        $10,000 per year/$30,000
    c.  Special pay payments and participation criteria:
        (1) Special pay will be in three equal payments per para 3.b above 
(less tax).
        (2) Initial payment:  Will be paid upon receipt and approval of 
application by Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) Officer 
incentives division (N112).
        (3) Anniversary payment:  Subsequent anniversary payments will
be paid annually on the first day of the month following the anniversary
month in which the eligibility obligation was established. (e.g., the member
gained eligibility for special pay and incurred the required service 
obligation on 20 December 2012 the first anniversary payment shall be
approved for payment on 1 January 2014). 
        (4) Unsatisfactory participation:  Failure to serve satisfactorily
in the selected reserve, per current directives, for the entire year for
which payment is made shall result in termination of member's special pay 
eligibility.  Effective date of termination shall be the date the member
is declared an unsatisfactory participant.
        (5) Voluntary transfer from the Selected Reserve:  Members who 
voluntarily transfer to the IRR, VTU or recall to active duty in the 
active forces (this does not include mobilization, active duty for 
special work or active duty for training) prior to the completion of
any year in which payment was made shall result in termination of 
member special pay eligibility effective on the date of transfer from
the selected reserve.
        (6) Involuntary mobilization:  Members involuntarily mobilized
shall maintain special pay entitlement during the period of mobilization
and for receipt of anniversary payments payable during this period.
        (7) Involuntary transfer from the drilling reserve:  For members
who are required to leave the drilling Navy Reserve due to no fault of
their own (i.e., officer selective early retirement board, billet tenure, 
a directed reduction in force, apply board), special pay entitlement 
will be terminated effective on the date of transfer and the 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.    
        (8) Recoupment:  Members whose special pay eligibility
is terminated for circumstances contained in para 3.c(4) or 
3.c(5) above shall be subject to recoupment per chapter 2 of ref (c).  
Note:  If eligibility is terminated due to unsatisfactory participation, 
member will not qualify for future special pay eligibility.

4.  Eligibility determination and incentive application procedures.  Navy 
Reserve Activities (NRA) shall:
    a.  Determine eligibility for special pay for retention of all
assigned healthcare officers per this message and refs (c) and (d).
    b.  NRA point of contact shall assist officers in completing the 
application for special pay for retention precertification (PRECERT)
request.  The form is located on the COMNAVRESFORCOM Homeport 
under N1, N11 Officer Incentives.  The NRA point of contact shall
then scan and upload the form using the "Upload Officer Incentive
Packages And Supporting Documents" link located on the Navy Reserve
Homeport Officer Incentives page at https://private.navyreserve.navy.mil
/CNRFC/n-codes/n1/CNRFC_n112a/pages/n112a.aspx.  
    c.  Once eligibility is verified by COMNAVRESFORCOM (N112), 
completed Officer special pay for Retention written agreement 
will be returned via email to the NRA point of contact for member
and designee signatures.
    d.  Issuance of a PRECERT number on a written agreement does 
not guarantee special pay entitlement.  The PRECERT guarantees 
funding availability should the officer meet final eligibility 
requirements in the time required. 
    e.  After receipt of officer special pay for retention written
agreement, NRA will complete the NAVPERS 1070/613 referenced in 
para 3.a(7) above for eligible member.
    f.  To effect special pay eligibility establishment, the NRA
point of contact will scan and upload a copy of the signed special
pay for retention written agreement and NAVPERS 1070/613 to 
COMNAVRESFORCOM (N112) via the link above.  If ability to scan is not
available, submit a request for guidance to the 
cnrfc_officerbonus_shop(at)navy.mil.

5.  Points of contact:  For policy questions contact Mr. Jim Johnson, CNRFC 
N1C21, at (757) 322-2244/DSN 262 or via e-mail at 
james.p.johnson(at)navy.mil.  For assistance in determining and establishing 
eligibility contact the COMNAVRESFORCOM (N112) Officer Incentive Program 
Specialist at (757) 444-3650. 

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