RENEWAL OF THE EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER RETENTION BONUS:
R 191432Z AUG 20 MID510001657067U
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/AUG//
SUBJ/RENEWAL OF THE EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER RETENTION
REF/A/DOC/TITLE 37 U.S.C.//
REF/E/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/141446ZJUN17//
NARR/REF A IS TITLE 37, U.S. CODE, PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE UNIFORMED
REF B IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1304.34, GENERAL BONUS AUTHORITY
REF C IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (ASN) 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.
REF E IS NAVADMIN 137/17, EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the renewal of the Explosive Ordnance
Disposal (EOD) Warfare Officer Retention Bonus (ORB) for qualified EOD
officers. This NAVADMIN supersedes reference (e).
2. Program Authority. This bonus is authorized under section 332 of
reference (a) and references (b) and (c). All applications for this bonus
will be submitted to the EOD Officer Community Manager (BUPERS-311E) 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 provided:
a. Qualified lieutenants (LT) will be offered the opportunity to commit
to a 4-year or 3-year agreement starting at their seventh year of
commissioned service (YCS-7) anniversary date.
b. Qualified lieutenant commanders (LCDR) will have the opportunity to
commit to a 3-year agreement starting at their twelfth year of commissioned
service (YCS-12) anniversary date.
c. References (a) and (b) limit career retention bonus payments to
$300,000 for AC officers.
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 (for the 4-year bonus)
or 8 years of commissioned service (for the 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 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 structure of the ORB agreement.
5. Program Execution
a. The EOD Warfare Officer Community Manager (BUPERS-311E) is assigned
as the Program Manager and is delegated the authority to administer the EOD
ORB Program in line with applicable laws, DoD directives and instructions and
b. BUPERS-311E 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 agreements to remain on Active Duty for the stated period
in exchange for an EOD ORB.
(3) Administer ORB payments.
c. All applications require written endorsement from the commanding
officer of the applicant.
d. Service Members will receive their initial bonus amount upon
agreement acceptance and then in annual anniversary payments through the term
of the agreement.
e. Upon acceptance of an agreement by the program manager, the amount of
the bonus becomes fixed and the officer will incur a firm service obligation.
f. ORB requests for personnel who are being processed for officer
designation removal or restoration will be held in abeyance, pending final
resolution of the 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. 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, the
program manager and EOD community leadership will determine the approval
h. 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 is
i. Officers under an ORB agreement are not eligible to apply for the
Junior Permanent Military Professor (JPMP) Program, or any redesignation
program that results 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 per year paid in equal installments
over the course of the agreement. This contract cannot extend an officer past
11 years of commissioned service (YCS-11).
(2) 3-year Agreement. Officers who commit to 3 years of additional
active duty service will receive $15,000 per year, paid in equal installments
over the course of the agreement. This contract cannot extend an officer
b. LCDR EOD ORB:
(1) 3-year Agreement. Officers who commit to 3 years of additional
active duty service will receive $22,000 upon their twelfth anniversary of
commissioning and $12,000 per year thereafter over the course of the
c. EOD ORB agreement obligations will run consecutively in line with
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 commanding officer endorsement by email to the BUPERS-311E.
b. General Notes:
(1) Sample application format for EOD ORB can be found on the EOD OCM
webpage by first visiting MyNavy Portal at
https://www.mnp.navy.mil then selecting *Quick Links*, *NPC*, *Officers*,
*Community Managers*, *Active OCM*, *Unrestricted Line* and *Explosive
(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. EOD ORB 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 recoupment are in line with
reference (a) section 373, reference (b) and reference (d).
b. If an officer becomes ineligible for EOD ORB for any of the reasons
below, payments will stop, but recoupment of payments already received will
not be required:
(1) Disability, injury or illness not the result of misconduct or
willful neglect, or not incurred during a period of unauthorized absence.
(2) Separation from the naval service by operation of laws or
regulations independent of misconduct.
(3) Death (See subparagraph c below).
(4) Where the Secretary of the Navy determines repayment would be
against equity and good conscience or would be contrary to the best interests
of the United States.
c. 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 for the officer. If
death is determined to be the result of misconduct by 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 Service
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. The point of contact is CDR Nick Quihuis, EOD Officer Community Manager,
BUPERS-311E, at (901)874-4991/DSN 882.
11. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1//