ENLISTED SUPERVISOR RETENTION PAY POLICY UPDATES:
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NARR/REF A IS DIRECTOR, MILITARY PERSONNEL PLANS AND POLICY (OPNAV
N13) MEMORANDUM, ENLISTED SUPERVISOR RETENTION PAY POLICY MEMORANDUM.
REF B DIRECTOR, MILITARY PERSONNEL PLANS AND POLICY (OPNAV N13) MEMORANDUM,
ENLISTED SUPERVISOR RETENTION PAY POLICY MEMORANDUM.
REF C IS NAVADMIN 123/22, ENLISTED SUPERVISOR RETENTION PAY UPDATES.
REF D IS TITLE 37 U.S. CODE, PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES.
REF E IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1304.31, ENLISTED BONUS PROGRAM.
REF F IS NAVADMIN 238/22, UPDATED FY-24 ACTIVE-DUTY LIMITED DUTY OFFICER AND
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER IN- SERVICE PROCUREMENT BOARD.
REF G IS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FMR VOL 7A, MILITARY PAY POLICY - ACTIVE
DUTY AND RESERVE PAY.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces an updated nuclear enlisted supervisor
retention pay (ESRP) policy memorandum, reference (a).
This ESRP policy memorandum and NAVADMIN message supersedes references (b)
and (c) effective 1 April 2023.
2. Notable changes in reference (a) are as follows:
a. Clarifies a Service Member cannot exceed combined selective
reenlistment bonus (SRB) and ESRP payments totaling $360K in a career since 1
b. Updates the ESRP program limit to $180K and ESRP contract limit to
c. Establishes a two-option ESRP Zone 1 payment structure.
Service Members may select either a one-time lump sum payment or an
anniversary payment (e.g., initial half up-front payment with anniversary
installments) structure. Payment preference must be clearly identified when
entering the reenlistment request in the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel
3. The ESRP program provides a retention incentive to senior Navy nuclear-
trained enlisted Service Members with highly specialized skills. A detailed
program description is outlined in reference (a) and can be found at
The legal authority for ESRP is contained in section 331 of reference (d) and
in reference (e). ESRP requirements limit the program as follows:
a. The minimum reenlistment length is 3 years.
b. The maximum bonus amount for each year of additional obligated
service (AOS) is limited to $30K as stated in reference (e). The implication
of this limit is that to earn a $150K bonus the minimum AOS required is 60
c. The maximum reenlistment lifetime bonus amount is $360K for SRB and
ESRP contracts since 1 October 2013.
d. All ESRP payments must be received prior to the completion of 28
years of service (YOS). The implication of this limit is that any ESRP
installment that would be due after 28 YOS will be paid in the final
installment prior to the completion of 28 YOS.
4. ESRP Award Multiples. Award levels have changed since those previously
released in reference (c). Updated award levels are
a. ESRP Zone 1 and Zone 2 award level (AOS computation stops at the
completion of 16 YOS for Zone 1 and 18 YOS for Zone 2):
Rating PNEC Zone 1 Zone 2
ETNSS N13S 9.5 4.5
EMNSS N14S 8.0 4.5
MMNSS N15S 7.5 4.5
ELTSS N16S 7.5 4.5
ETNSW N23S 7.5 4.5
EMNSW N24S 8.0 4.5
MMNSW N25S 7.5 4.5
ELTSW N26S 7.5 (+1.5) 4.5
b. ESRP Zone 3 award level (AOS computation stops at the completion of
AOS AOS AOS
Rating PNEC 1-24mos 25-36mos 37+mos
ETNSS N13S 0.5 1.5 2.5
EMNSS N14S 0.5 1.5 2.5
MMNSS N15S 0.5 1.5 2.5
ELTSS N16S 0.5 1.5 2.5
ETNSW N23S 0.5 1.5 2.5
EMNSW N24S 0.5 1.5 2.5
MMNSW N25S 0.5 1.5 2.5
ELTSW N26S 0.5 1.5 2.5
5. Eligibility. Only Service Members assigned with an active supervisor
Navy enlisted classification (NEC) listed in paragraph 4 are eligible to
reenlist for ESRP. In addition, Service Members must hold a current security
clearance or be in an open status for a new investigation. ESRP requests and
anniversary payments for personnel with special category NECs (N59X/N89X)
will be held in abeyance pending final resolution. Overall, ESRP eligibility
requirements are defined in reference (a). To encourage career progression
and provide incentives for continued superior at-sea service, the following
supplementary eligibility requirements remain in place for each ESRP zone:
a. ESRP Zone 1. In line with reference (a), be assigned an active
nuclear supervisor NEC (see paragraph 4).
b. ESRP Zone 2. In line with reference (a), be a frocked chief or in
the paygrade of E-7, E-8, or E-9 on the date of the ESRP Zone
c. ESRP Zone 3. In line with reference (a):
(1) Be a frocked E-8 or in the paygrade of E-8 or E-9 on the date of
the ESRP Zone 3 reenlistment and,
(2) Successfully served as, currently serving as (on orders), or
issued and accepted orders as a submarine engineering department master
chief, nuclear aircraft carrier (CVN) major division leading chief petty
officer, CVN reactor training division officer, or CVN reactor department
6. Application Process. To ensure the approval message is released in a
timely manner, ESRP reenlistment requests should be submitted
35 to 120 days in advance of the desired reenlistment date.
Exceptions to this policy can be approved by the ESRP program manager on an
a. ESRP-eligible Service Members must be recommended for reenlistment by
their commanding officer. The command may use the checklist (enclosure (l)
of reference (a)) to assist in submitting the ESRP request within the NSIPS.
b. NSIPS is programmed to accept ESRP reenlistment requests and is the
only method of submission. If the command is unable to submit ESRP
reenlistment requests due to operational commitments, then the command's
immediate superior in command may submit the request via NSIPS. Due to the
transition from officer personnel information system force management (OPINS
FORMAN) to NSIPS, the ESRP program manager can no longer submit a request for
a Service Member or command. Entering an ESRP request in NSIPS is similar to
submitting a SRB request. Other specifics to ESRP requests in NSIPS are
stated in reference (a).
7. Officer Programs. ESRP entitlement for Service Members who reenlist
after applying for an officer program will be held pending selection results.
For limited duty officers, the application deadline is considered the
suspense date as published in reference
(f) and future announcement messages. For all other commissioning programs,
the date on which the Nuclear Program Manager (OPNAV N133) approves the
conditional release to apply for that program is the date after which
additional ESRP entitlements will be held.
8. Recoupment. Repayment policy as governed by section 373 of reference
(d), chapter 2 of reference (g), and reference (a), collectively determine
when the repayment of the unearned portion of a bonus is required, not
required, prohibited, and left to Secretarial discretion. Section 373 of
reference (d) requires repayment with certain exceptions. As a general rule,
repayment of any unearned portion of a bonus will be sought. Examples of
situations requiring repayment are provided in reference (a).
9. Service Record Entry. An Administrative Remarks (NAVPERS
1070/613) entry acknowledging recoupment policy via NSIPS is required in the
record of the Service Member prior to execution of an ESRP reenlistment.
Examples are provided in enclosure (2) of reference (a).
10. The point of contact is the ESRP Program Manager located at OPNAV N133
at (703) 604-5502/DSN 664 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or
11. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//
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