R 141446Z JUN 17
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
PASS TO OFFICE CODES:
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/JUN//
SUBJ/EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER RETENTION BONUS//
NARR/REF A IS TITLE 37, U.S. CODE, PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE UNIFORMED
SERVICES. REF B IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1304.34, GENERAL BONUS
AUTHORITY FOR OFFICERS. REF C IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY MEMORANDUM
OFFICER RETENTION BONUS - NAVY EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER
RETENTION BONUS AUTHORIZATION. 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 Explosive Ordnance Disposal
(EOD) Warfare Officer Retention Bonus (ORB) for qualified EOD Officers.
Retaining EOD Warfare Officers is a top priority for the Navy.
2. Program Authority. This bonus is authorized under section 332 of
reference (a) and reference (c). All applications for this bonus will be
submitted to the EOD Officer Assignments and Placement Officer (PERS-416) for
approval, payment processing, and tracking.
3. Program Overview. This message summarizes the provisions of the EOD ORB.
All information provided herein is applicable to active component (AC)
personnel only. The following general summary is
a. Qualified lieutenants (LT) will be offered the opportunity to commit
to a 4-year or 3-year agreement starting at their 7 year of commissioned
service (YCS) anniversary date.
b. Qualified lieutenant commanders (LCDR) will have the opportunity to
commit to a 3-year agreement starting at their 12 YCS anniversary date.
c. Reference (b) limits career retention bonus payments to
300,000 dollars for AC officers.
d. In line with reference (b), LTs in year group (YG)-09 and senior, and
LCDRs in YG-04 and senior who are under contract prior to the release of this
NAVADMIN will remain under the legacy EOD Critical Skill Retention Bonus
4. Program Eligibility
a. LT EOD ORB:
(1) Unrestricted line (URL) officers (designator 1140) that qualified
both EOD warfare officer and EOD department head awarded the additional
qualification designators (AQD) of KG5 and KG0.
(2) Completed 7 years of commissioned service (4-year bonus) or 8
years of commissioned service (3-year bonus).
(3) Completed any service commitment incurred through original
(4) Medically and physically qualified for assignment to sea duty.
b. LCDR EOD ORB:
(1) URL Officers (designator 1140) that qualified both EOD Warfare
Officer and EOD department head awarded the AQDs of KG5 and KG0.
(2) Completed 12 years of commissioned service.
(3) Medically and physically qualified for assignment to sea duty.
c. Career Intermission Program (CIP). An Officer participating in CIP
will be ineligible to receive ORB payments during the intermission period.
Payments will resume upon return to service and in line with the payment
5. Program Execution
a. The EOD warfare officer community manager is assigned as the program
manager, and is delegated the authority to administer the EOD ORB Program
according to applicable laws, Department of Defense
(DoD) directives/instructions, and this NAVADMIN.
b. PERS-416 will receive applications submitted in the format referenced
in paragraph 7 and is delegated the authority to:
(1) Evaluate the eligibility of EOD Officers applying for the EOD
(2) Accept EOD Officers Agreement to remain on active duty for the
stated period in exchange for an EOD ORB and administer ORB payments.
c. All applications require written endorsement from their commander or
d. Service Members will receive their bonus amount upon agreement
acceptance and then in annual anniversary payments through the term of the
e. Upon the program managers acceptance of an officers agreement, the
amount of the bonus becomes fixed and the officer will incur a firm service
f. ORB requests for personnel who are being processed for officer
designation removal or restoration will be held in abeyance, pending final
resolution of action in question.
g. Annual LT ORB contract quotas will be based on LCDR requirements for
the EOD officer community and special and incentive pay funding controls. If
the number of officer applications exceed available funded contracts,
approval criteria will be determined by the program manager and EOD community
h. Annual LCDR ORB contract quotas will be based on CDR requirements for
the EOD officer community, as well as special and incentive pay funding
controls. If more officers apply than available funded contracts, approval
criteria will be determined by the program manager and EOD community
i. All commanding officers shall encourage qualified officers to submit
applications for EOD ORB and must endorse all requests in writing. Commands
must ensure applications are accurate and verify applicants meet the
eligibility requirements, including no pending actions which may render an
applicant ineligible for the EOD ORB.
Application delays increase the likelihood that the community quotas will be
met before an application of an officer is received.
j. Officers under an ORB agreement are not eligible to apply for the
Junior Permanent Military Professor (JPMP) program, or any redesignation
programs that result in a designator change to any designator other than
1140. An officer under an ORB agreement, may submit an application for JPMP
or any redesignation programs once the date of application is within 12
months of the final day of bonus obligation.
6. Payment Structure
a. LT EOD ORB:
(1) 4-year Agreement. Officers who commit to 4 years of additional
active-duty service will receive 20,000 dollars per year, paid in equal
installments beginning upon completion of 7 YCS, and will continue over the
course of the agreement. This contract cannot extend an officer past 11 YCS.
(2) 3-year Agreement. Officers who commit to 3 years of additional
active-duty service will receive 15,000 dollars per year, paid in equal
installments beginning upon completion of their 8th YCS, and will continue
over the course of the agreement. This contract cannot extend an officer
past 11 YCS.
b. LCDR EOD ORB: 3-year Agreement. Officers who commit to 3 years of
additional active-duty service will receive 22,000 dollars upon completion of
their 12th YCS and 12,000 dollars per year thereafter over the course of the
c. EOD ORB agreement obligations will run concurrently or consecutively
in line with reference (b).
7. Application Process
a. Officers within 1 year of eligibility may apply for the EOD ORB via
their commanding officer. Officers must submit a copy of the signed original
contract and an endorsement from the commanding officer by e-mail to PERS-
416, the EOD Administrative Assistant (PERS-416A), and the EOD Officer
Community Manager (BUPERS-311E).
b. General Notes
(1) Sample application format for EOD ORB can be found on the EOD OCM
webpage on the NPC website at
(2) Applications will be held until payment eligibility date.
(3) Applications will be binding upon the date of approval.
(4) Applications received in the incorrect format or not meeting
eligibility requirements defined in this NAVADMIN will be rejected.
8. Recoupment and Repayment Policy
a. Situations requiring recoupment are in line with section 373 of
reference (a), 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 the 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. EOD
ORB payments will be stopped for officers who become ineligible for this
incentive or fail to complete the full period of additional obligated
b. For officers who die while serving under an EOD ORB service
agreement, the remaining EOD ORB balance will be paid as a lump sum as part
of the settlement of the final military pay account of the officer. If death
is determined to be the result of the misconduct of the member, termination
of future payments and recoupment of unearned portions of the bonus, as
applicable, will be made in line with procedures established for members
whose inability to complete a contracted period of service is voluntary or
the result of misconduct.
9. Additional guidance, information, and updates regarding the EOD ORB are
available at the BUPERS Website.
10. Point of contact is LCDR Jeffrey Lavery, EOD Officer Community Manager,
who can be reached at (901) 874-4991/DSN 882 or via e-mail at
11. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1//