R 061345Z MAR 15
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/FY-15 RENEWAL OF THE SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER REVISED JUNIOR AND LCDR
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/MAR//
REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/071944ZMAY12//
REF/B/DOC/TITLE 37 U.S.C.//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 156/12 ANNOUNCING FY-12 REVISIONS TO SURFACE WARFARE
OFFICER (SWO) CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS (CSRB) AND CONTINUATION PAY
(SWOCP) PROGRAMS. REF B IS TITLE 37, U.S.C., PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE
UNIFORMED SERVICES. REF C IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
REGULATION 7000.14, VOLUME 7A, CHAPTER 2, REPAYMENT OF UNEARNED PORTION OF
BONUSES AND OTHER BENEFITS. REF D IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION
1341.13, POST-9/11 GI BILL.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the renewal of the Surface Warfare Officer
Critical Skills Retention Bonus (SWO CSRB) for eligible SWOs and renews
reference (a) until 18 February 2017. Retaining quality SWOs is a top
priority for the Navy.
2. Program Authority. This program is authorized under title 37, U.S. Code,
section 355. All applications for the bonuses contained within this program
will be submitted to the SWO Assignments Division (PERS-41) for approval,
payment processing, and tracking.
3. Program Overview. This message summarizes FY-15 extension to the
existing SWO CSRB program following a comprehensive 2014 Navy and Department
of Defense (DOD) review. All information provided herein is applicable to
both active component (AC) personnel and full-time support (FTS) reserve
component (RC) SWO personnel. As specified in reference (b), retention bonus
payments are not authorized after 25 years of active service (YOS). The
following general summary is provided:
a. SWO lieutenants will have the opportunity to commit to the Revised
Junior Critical Skills Retention Bonus as early as YCS-4 anniversary date,
but NLT YCS-8. The Navy will continue to pay a maximum bonus of $75,000 for
officers to obligate through two Department Head tours (or a single long
Department Head tour) or through the completion of their 10th year of
commissioned service (YCS-10), whichever is later.
b. SWOs promoted to lieutenant commander (LCDR) will have the
opportunity to commit to the LCDR CSRB. The Navy will continue to pay for
officers for a three*year obligated service from their 12th year of
commissioned service (YCS-12) through completion of their 15th year of
commissioned service (YCS-15). Officers are eligible for the LCDR CSRB upon
promotion to LCDR and will receive $22,000 on their 2nd anniversary, $12,000
on their 3rd anniversary, $12,000 on their 4th anniversary of their promotion
c. Reference (b) limits career retention bonus payments to $200,000 for
AC officers and $100,000 for RC officers.
4. Reference (a) contains specific details, eligibility, and application
procedures. Applicants may also visit the Navy personnel command Surface
Warfare Officer Community Manager (OCM) website at
5. General Notes.
(1) Applications must be submitted in a verbatim format as posted on
the NPC website.
(2) Applications will be held until payment eligibility date.
(3) Applications will be binding upon the date of approval by PERS-
(4) Applications received in the incorrect format or not meeting
eligibility requirements defined in this NAVADMIN will be rejected.
6. Recoupment and Repayment Policy.
a. Repayment. SWO CSRB payments will be stopped for Officers who become
ineligible for this incentive or fail to complete the full period of
additional obligated service. Situations requiring repayments are in
accordance with reference (b) section 373 and reference (c) repayment.
b. For Officers who die while serving under an SWO CSRB service
agreement, the remaining SWO CSRB Balance will be paid as a lump sum as part
of the settlement of the Officer*s final military pay account. If death is
determined to be the result of the member*s own misconduct, future payments
will be stopped and unearned portions of the bonus will be recouped, as
applicable, in accordance with procedures established for members whose
inability to complete a contracted period of service is voluntary or the
result of misconduct.
7. Additional guidance, information, and updates regarding the SWO CSRB are
available at the BUPERS Website.
8. Points of contact are provided below:
a. Surface Warfare Officer Community Manager, BUPERS-311, commercial
(901)874-3173, DSN 882-3173.
b. Address all applications questions to the following POCs for
Department Head CSRB applications, contact Mrs. Robbie Richard at (901)874-
3914/DSN 882-3914 or via e-mail at roberta.richard(at)navy.mil or Mrs. Shelia
Bridges at (901)874-3913/DSN 882-3913 or via e-mail at
shelia.bridges(at)navy.mil; for LCDR CSRB applications, contact Mrs.
Marilee Stroman at (901)874-3888/DSN 882-3888 or via e-mail at
9. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//