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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 238/15, NAVY SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER CONTINUATION PAY
UPDATE. REF B IS NAVADMIN 175/01, CHANGES TO NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER
CONTINUATION PAY/(SPECWAROCP) PROGRAM. REF C IS OPNAV INSTRUCTION 7220.16A,
NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER CONTINUATION PAY PROGRAM. REF D IS TITLE 37,
U.S. CODE, PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES. REF E 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 Officer
Continuation Pay (NSWOCP) for qualified Naval Special Warfare (NSW) officers.
This NAVADMIN cancels references (a) and (b), and supersedes guidance in
reference (c). Retaining NSW officers is a priority for the Navy. The
NSWOCP is a flexible retention incentive that focuses on improving retention
of NSW junior and mid-grade officers. NSW officers who meet the eligibility
criteria in this NAVADMIN and hold an 1130 or 1137 designator may apply for
2. Program Overview. This bonus is authorized under reference (d), section
332. Qualified officers will be offered the opportunity to commit to a 3-
year, 4-year, or 5-year phase 1 agreement and a 3-year or 4-year phase 2
agreement for bonus amounts listed in paragraph 4. NSW Officer Community
Manager (BUPERS-311D) is designated as the NSWOCP Program Manager. All
applications for this bonus will besubmitted 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. Eligibility. NSW officers with designators 1130 or 1137, who have
completed at least 6 years of active duty commissioned service (ADCS), may be
eligible to receive the NSWOCP. Applicants must:
a. be designated as a NSW officer (designator 1130 or 1137) and
b. receive a written endorsement recommending bonus approval from the
commanding officer (CO). CO must ensure applications are accurate and verify
applicants meet eligibility requirements.
4. Contract Terms. NSWOCP contract lengths and payments are outlined below.
a. The NSWOCP will be offered in two phases. Officers will be paid a
fixed amount per year of service.
(1) Phase 1 NSWOCP. Applicant must be a NSW officer with 1130 or
1137 designator having reached six years of ADCS to receive Phase 1 bonus.
Officers will have the opportunity to receive up to $75,000 (1130) and
$60,000 (1137) in retention bonuses for phase 1 contracts.
(a) NSW officers (designator 1130) with 6 to 10 ADCS:
1. 5-year agreement: $15,000 per year
2. 4-year agreement: $12,500 per year
3. 3-year agreement: $10,000 per year
(b) NSW officers (designator 1137) with 6 to 10 ADCS:
1. 5-year agreement: $12,000 per year
2. 3-year agreement: $10,000 per year
(2) Phase 2 NSWOCP. Applicant must be an NSW officer with 1130 or
1137 designator having reached 11 years of ADCS to receive a Phase 2 bonus.
Officers will have the opportunity to receive up to $80,000 (1130) and
$48,000 (1137) in retention bonuses for phase 2 contracts.
(a) NSW officers (designator 1130) with 11 to 14 ADCS:
1. 4-year agreement: $20,000 per year
2. 3-year agreement: $15,000 per year
(b) NSW officers (designator 1137) with 11 to 14 ADCS:
1. 4-year agreement: $12,000 per year
2. 3-year agreement: $10,000 per year
b. NSWOCP agreement obligations will run concurrently with any obligated
service the officer has incurred for education or fellowships such as
c. Eligible members contracted under section 318 of reference(d) may
elect to transition under section 332 of reference (d) by signing a contract
to extend service beyond the existing agreement.
d. NSW Officers in receipt of NSWOCP under section 332 of reference (d)
may not renegotiate or receive pro-rated contracts.
5. Program Execution.
a. Officers must submit their request letter to the NSWOCP program
manager via their chain of command.
b. Upon acceptance of an agreement from the officer, by the program
manager, the amount of the bonus becomes fixed and the officer incurs a firm
c. Officers may elect one of the following payment options:
(1) To receive an initial lump sum payment of half the total bonus
amount followed by equally divided annual installments through the term of
(2) To receive bonus payments in equal annual installments through
the term of the agreement.
d. NSWOCP 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.
6. Application Process.
a. Eligible officers may apply for NSWOCP via their CO to BUPERS-311D.
Submit applications by mail to:
Chief of Naval Operations (N137)
ATTN: NSW Officer Community Manager
701 South Courthouse Road
Bldg 12 Room 3R035
Arlington, VA 22204 or via encrypted e-mail at SEAL_OCM(at)navy.mil.
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
reference (d), sections 303a or 373, and reference (e). 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 NSWOCP program
management is the Naval Special Warfare Officer Community Manager at
(703) 604-5064 or via e-mail at SEAL_OCM(at)navy.mil.
9. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//