​NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER CONTINUATION PAY PROGRAM

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SUBJ/NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER CONTINUATION PAY PROGRAM//



REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/091639ZOCT15//
REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/131408ZJUL01//
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REF/D/DOC/U.S.C.//7SEP62
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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 
this incentive.

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 
postgraduate education.
    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 
service obligation.
    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 
the agreement
        (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.  
(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 
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.//

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