​NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ACCESSION BONUS FOR CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERS IN DESIGNATORS 7151 AND 7171​

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SUBJ/NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ACCESSION BONUS FOR CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERS IN 
DESIGNATORS 7151 AND 7171//



REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/141612ZSEP16//
REF/B/DOC/TITLE 37 U.S.C.//
REF/C/DOC/OPNAV/20JAN07//
REF/D/DOC/DOD/16JUL16//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 140/16, RENEWAL OF THE NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL 
SKILLS ACCESSION BONUS FOR CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERS IN DESIGNATORS 7151 AND 
7171.  REF B IS TITLE 37, U.S.C., PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE UNIFORMED 
SERVICES.  REF C IS OPNAVINST 1160.8A, SELECTIVE REENLISMENT BONUS PROGRAM.  
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 Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Accession 
Bonus (NSWAB) for qualified chief warrant officers (CWOs). This NAVADMIN 
supersedes reference (a).  Accessing NSW CWOs is a priority for the Navy.  
The NSWAB is part of the Navy�s overarching effort to size, shape, and 
stabilize the NSW force.  Special Warfare Operators or Special Warfare Boat 
Operators selected for CWO that meet the eligibility criteria in this 
NAVADMIN may apply.

2.  Program Overview.  This bonus is authorized under section 332 of 
reference (b).  Eligible CWO selectees may apply for a bonus level of $45,000 
dollars for accepting a commission and serving on active duty in designators 
7151 and 7171 for a 4-year obligated service period after commissioning.  NSW 
Officer Community Manager (BUPERS-311D) is designated as the NSWAB 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 by the program manager when a 
bonus reduction is warranted based on the needs of the NSW community.

3.  Eligibility.  Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
    a.  Applicants must be active duty service members selected by a Navy CWO 
selection board for commissioning in designators 7151 or 7171.
    b.  Applicants must receive their commanding officers (COs) written 
endorsement.  COs must ensure applications are accurate and verify applicants 
meet eligibility requirements.
    c.  CWO selectees who accept an appointment to CWO, and who are currently 
on a NSW Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) contract, will be ineligible 
to receive or apply for a NSWAB.
    d.  Upon release of Navy CWO selection NAVADMIN, Special Operators and 
Special Boat Operators who were selected and have contracted service under a 
Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) will have future SRB payments suspended in 
accordance with reference (c). If a members application is accepted for CWO 
appointment, all suspended and future SRB payments are forfeited.  The CWO 
selectee is eligible to receive NSWAB payment only after completion of their 
SRB obligated service period for which they were previously paid. The 
deferred NSWAB payment will coincide with the start of the new obligated 
service period set forth in NSWAB program guidelines and begin no later than 
the start of the members 16th year of active duty service.

4.  Contract Terms.  Qualified applicants will receive a $45,000 dollars 
bonus, and will incur a 4-year active duty service obligation from the date 
of commission.  NSWAB agreement obligations will run concurrently with any 
obligated service the officer has incurred for education or fellowships such 
as higher education.

5.  Program Execution.
    a.  Officers must submit their request letter to the NSWAB program 
manager no later than 30 days prior to entering into a NSWAB contract via 
their chain of command.
    b.  Upon acceptance of an officer's agreement, the amount of the bonus 
becomes fixed and the officer incurs a firm service obligation.
    c.  Service members will receive the bonus in a lump sum payment.

6.  Application Process.
    a.  Eligible NSW CWO selectees may apply for the NSWAB via their CO to 
BUPERS-311D.  Submit applications by mail to:

        OPNAV N137
        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, payments will 
not be made until all eligibility criteria are met.

7.  Recoupment and Repayment Policy.  Repayment policy is governed by section 
373 of reference (b) and reference (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.  Points of Contact.  The primary point of contact for NSWAB program 
management 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 R. P. Burke, N1.//

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