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RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE SENIOR ENLISTED AND CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM

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SUBJ/RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE SENIOR ENLISTED AND CHIEF WARRANT 
OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM//

REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHNGTON DC/171554ZJAN17//
REF/B/DOC/U.S.C./12JAN20//

NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 012/17, RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ENLISTED AND 
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM.  
REF B IS SECTION 355 OF TITLE 37 U.S. CODE, SPECIAL PAY:
RETENTION INCENTIVES FOR MEMBERS QUALIFIED IN CRITICAL MILITARY SKILLS OR 
ASSIGNED TO HIGH PRIORITY UNITS.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN cancels reference (a) and announces the renewal of the 
Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Senior Enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO
Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) Program.  The NSW CSRB is part of the 
overarching effort of the Navy to size, shape and stabilize the force.

2.  Program Overview.  This bonus is authorized under reference (b).
Specific critical Navy enlisted classifications (NEC) and approved award 
levels have been prescribed by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense 
(Personnel and Readiness).  The Naval Special Warfare Enlisted Community 
Manager (BUPERS-324) will act as the NSW CSRB program manager.  All 
applications for this bonus will be submitted to the program manager for 
processing and tracking.  By law, a Service Member may receive no more than 
200,000 dollars in CSRB monies over a career.  Selective reenlistment bonus 
awards are not included in that cap.  The eligibility criteria stated in this 
NAVADMIN can be reduced at any time by the program manager based on the needs 
of the NSW community.

3.  Eligibility.  NSW senior enlisted Service Members with NECs O26X or O52X, 
in paygrades E-7 and above, and CWOs with designators 7151 and 7171, who have 
between 20 and 28 years of active service, shall be eligible to apply for the 
NSW CSRB, but must also meet the following eligibility criteria:
    a.  Be serving on active-duty in a regular component.
    b.  Have the favorable recommendation of the commanding officer
(CO) for receipt of NSW CSRB.

4.  Ineligibility
    a.  Service Members serving under an existing CSRB contract are not 
eligible to receive an additional CSRB for service outlined in original 
contract agreement.
    b.  Service Members serving under an existing Naval Special Warfare 
Accession Bonus (NSWAB) contract are not eligible to receive CSRB for service 
outlined in original NSWAB contract agreement.
    c.  Service Members are not eligible for CSRB payments past their high 
year tenure (HYT) date.  HYT dates are firm and HYT waiver requests will not 
be considered during the NSW CSRB application process.
    d.  Service Members with documented misconduct or below standard 
performance may be removed from CSRB eligibility.

5.  Contract Terms.  NSW CSRB contract lengths, payments and active-duty 
service obligations are outlined below.
    a.  Service Members may sign a contract in their 19th year of service 
(YOS).  CSRB payments begin at 20 YOS.  Enlisted Service Members may contract 
to their HYT mark.  E-7s are eligible to contract to 24 YOS.  E-8s and 
CWO2/CWO3s are eligible to contract to 26 YOS.  E-9s and CWO4/CWO5s are 
eligible to contract to 30 YOS.  If a Service Member serves a partial year, 
that year will be prorated pursuant to the bonus amount of that year.  
Specific bonus amounts are graduated pursuant to YOS.
        (1) Phase One NSW CSRB.  Service Member must be CWO2 7151/7171 or E-7 
or above O26X/O52X to apply for a Phase One Bonus.
Phase One corresponds with E-7 HYT and encompasses 20 to 24 YOS.
Service Members will have the opportunity to receive up to 90,000 dollars in 
retention bonuses for Phase One contracts.  At a minimum, members must 
contract through 21 YOS.
YOS                 Bonus Amount
20+                 20,000 dollars
21+                 20,000 dollars
22+                 25,000 dollars
23+                 25,000 dollars
        (2) Phase Two NSW CSRB.  Service Member must be CWO2 7151/7171 or E-8 
(select) or above O26X/O52X to apply for a Phase Two Bonus.  
Phase Two corresponds with E-8 HYT and encompasses 24 to 26 YOS.  Members 
will have the opportunity to receive up to 50,000 dollars in retention 
bonuses for Phase Two contracts.
YOS                 Bonus Amount
24+                 25,000 dollars
25+                 25,000 dollars
        (3) Phase Three NSW CSRB.  Service Member must be CWO4 7151/7171 or 
E-9 (select) or above O26X/O52X to apply for a Phase Three Bonus. 
Phase Three corresponds with E-9 HYT and encompasses 26 to 30 YOS.  
Service Members will have the opportunity to receive up to 40,000 dollars in 
retention bonuses for Phase Three contracts.
YOS                 Bonus Amount
26+                 10,000 dollars
27+                 10,000 dollars
28+                 10,000 dollars
29+                 10,000 dollars
        (4) CSRB Contract.  CSRB contract phases may be combined as long as 
the Service Member is eligible to receive payments to the contracted end 
dates.
    b.  NSW CSRB contracts shall be for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 
years.  Service Members under CSRB contract will not submit a request for 
retirement or tender a resignation with an effective date that is prior to 
completion of the agreement.  Enlisted Service Members must reenlist or 
extend their enlistment contract, soft end of active obligated service, for a 
period of at least 2 years.
Service Members are authorized early reenlistment in order to align CSRB and 
reenlistment contracts.  Reenlistments and extensions may be combined to 
align service dates for maximum opportunity, up to a reenlistment of 6 years 
and extension of up to 12 months.

6.  Program Execution
    a.  Service Members should submit requests for NSW CSRB to the program 
manager 60 to 180 days prior to entering into a NSW CSRB contract via their 
chain of command.  If operational commitments limit the ability to submit 
CSRB applications via this manner, commands should submit requests through 
their immediate superior in the chain of command who can submit the request 
to the program manager.
    b.  Upon acceptance of an agreement of the Service Member by the program 
manager, the amount of the bonus becomes fixed and the Service Member incurs 
a firm service obligation.
    c.  Service Members will receive the bonus in a lump sum payment, 
effective from the date of contract execution.
    d.  CSRB requests for personnel who are being processed for disciplinary 
action, NEC removal or restoration will be held in abeyance pending final 
resolution.

7.  Payment Processing.  CSRB approval does not currently update the Defense 
Joint Military Pay System (DJMS) of the intent of the Sailor to reenlist.  
Until the DJMS can be programmed to accept CSRB reenlistment payments, manual 
processing is required.  Payment should post to the account of the member by 
the second pay period following the day the CSRB program manager receives 
notification of reenlistment or CWO letter of intent.  Master Military Pay 
Account (MMPA) must reflect contract or obligated service for enlisted 
Service Members and tax-free status (if applicable) must post to MMPA for 
both enlisted and officers prior to final payment.

8.  Application.  The following documents are required:
    a.  60-180 days prior to contract:
        (1) Letter of the Service Member requesting a NSW CSRB contract
        (2) COs endorsement letter
    b.  Prior to payment, Service Members will submit a copy of reenlistment 
contract and/or extension agreement with proof of tax- free status, if 
applicable.

9.  Points of Contact
    a.  LCDR Kristopher Hall, Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) and Special Warfare 
Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) Enlisted Community Manager, at (901) 874-
2858/DSN 882 or via e-mail kristopher.j.hall(at)navy.mil.
    b.  Mr. Frederick Wienbeck, Deputy, SEAL and SWCC Enlisted Community 
Manager, at (901) 874-3552/DSN 882 or via e-mail 
frederick.wienbeck(at)navy.mil.

10.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first.

11.  Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//

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