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SUBJ/NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM UPDATE//

REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/211648ZDEC16//
REF/B/DOC/U.S.C./7SEP62//
REF/C/DOC/DOD/JUL16//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 285/16, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER RETENTION BONUS 
PROGRAM.  
REF B IS TITLE 37, U.S. CODE, 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.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces updates to the Naval Special Warfare Officer 
Retention Bonus (NSWRB) for qualified Naval Special Warfare (NSW) officers.  
This NAVADMIN supersedes reference (a).
Retaining NSW officers is a priority for the Navy.  The NSWRB is a flexible 
retention incentive that focuses on improving retention of NSW control grade 
officers.  NSW officers who meet the eligibility criteria in this NAVADMIN 
may apply for this incentive.

2.  Program Overview.  This bonus is authorized under reference (b), sections 
332 and 355.  Qualified officers will be offered the opportunity to commit to 
a three or five year agreement for bonus amounts listed in paragraph 5.  NSW 
Officer Community Manager (BUPERS-311D) is designated as the NSWRB 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 at any time by the program 
manager if a bonus reduction is warranted based on the needs of the NSW 
community.

3.  Program Eligibility.  NSW officers with designators 1130 or 1137, who 
have completed at least 15 years of active-duty commissioned service (ADCS), 
may be offered the NSWRB.  Applicants must also receive the written 
endorsement from the commanding officer (CO).  CO must ensure applications 
are accurate and verify applicants meet eligibility requirements.

4.  Program Execution
    a.  Officers must submit their request letter to the NSWRB program 
manager via the chain of command.
    b.  Officers will receive their bonus amount upon agreement acceptance 
and then annual anniversary payments through the term of the agreement, in 
line with paragraph 5.
    c.  When the officer agreement has been accepted by the program manager, 
the amount of the bonus becomes fixed and the officer incurs a firm service 
obligation.
    d.  NSWRB 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.

5.  NSWRB contract lengths and payments are outlined below:
    a.  The NSWRB will be offered in two phases.  Officers will be paid a 
fixed amount per year of service.  If an officer serves a partial year, that 
year will be prorated.
        (1) Phase I NSWRB.  Applicant must be an NSW officer with
1130 or 1137 designator to apply for a phase I bonus.  Phase I contracts 
encompass 15 years of ADCS for 1130 and 1137 designators.
Command eligible officers (officers that screened positive at an NSW 
CO/executive officer (XO) Administrative Screening Board for XO) will have 
the opportunity to receive up to $125,000 (1130) and $100,000 (1137) in 
retention bonuses for phase I contracts.  Non- command eligible officers 
(officers that did not screen positive at an NSW CO/XO Administrative 
Screening Board for XO) will have the opportunity to receive up to $75,000 
(1130) in retention bonuses for phase I contract.
            (a) Command eligible NSW officers (designator 1130) with
15 years of ADCS:
                5-year agreement:  $25,000 per year
                3-year agreement:  $15,000 per year
            (b) Non-Command eligible NSW officers (designator 1130) with 15 
years of ADCS:
                5-year agreement:  $15,000 per year
                3-year agreement:  $5,000 per year
            (c) Command eligible NSW officers (designator 1137) with
15 years of ADCS:
                5-year agreement:  $20,000 per year
                3-year agreement:  $10,000 per year
        (2) Phase II NSWRB.  Applicant must be an NSW officer with
1130 designator to apply for a phase II bonus.  Phase II contracts encompass 
20 to 22 years of ADCS.  Command eligible officers (officers that screened 
positive at an NSW CO/XO Administrative Screening Board for CO) will have the 
opportunity to receive up to $75,000 (1130) in retention bonuses for phase II 
contracts.  Non- command eligible officers (officers that did not screen 
positive at an NSW CO/XO ASB for CO) will have the opportunity to receive up 
to $45,000 (1130) in retention bonuses for phase II contract.
            (a) Command eligible NSW officers (designator 1130) with
20-22 years of ADCS:
                3-year agreement:  $25,000 per year.
            (b) Non-Command eligible NSW officers (designator 1130) with 20-
22 years of ADCS:
                3 year agreement:  $15,000 per year.
    b.  NSWRB agreement obligations will run concurrently with any obligated 
service the officer has incurred for education or fellowships such as 
postgraduate education.
    c.  NSWRB service obligation will not extend an NSW officer (designator 
1130) beyond 25 years of ADCS or an NSW officer (designator 1137) beyond 21 
years of ADCS.

6.  Application Process
    a.  Eligible officers may apply for NSWRB via their CO to BUPERS-311D.  
Submit applications by mail to:

        Naval Support Facility
        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 (b), section 373 and reference (c).  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.  Point of contact is the Naval Special Warfare Officer Community Manager 
at (703) 604-5005/DSN 664 or via e-mail at SEAL_OCM(at)navy.mil.

9.  Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//

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