OPNAVINST 7220.8 REVISION:
R 272056Z JAN 15
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/OPNAVINST 7220.8 REVISION//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/JAN//
REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/090001ZMAR10//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 084/10, FY-10 SURFACE WARFARE OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS
BONUS PROGRAMS. REF B IS DOD 7000.14R, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION
VOLUME 7A: MILITARY PAY POLICY - ACTIVE DUTY AND RESERVE PAY.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the revision of OPNAVINST 7220.8. OPNAVINST
7220.8 has been revised and will no longer be used for new applications.
OPNAVINST 7220.8 will be used for administrative purposes only. The Surface
Warfare Officer Continuation Pay (SWOCP), per reference (a), will be referred
to as revised junior critical skills retention bonus (RJCSRB), and involves a
commitment to two Department Head tours (or one fleet-up Department Head tour
as determined by Navy Personnel Command (PERS-41), in exchange for monetary
incentives totaling between $55K to $75K as determined by the specific years
commissioned service point at which the officer enters into the contract.
2. Since inception, Surface warfare officer (SWO) Special and Incentive
(S&I) pay incentives have been instrumental in enhancing retention of SWOs
bearing critical skills that directly foster our Navy’s total force strategy
and combat readiness. These monetary incentives help ensure sufficient
retention to meet critical inventory milestones throughout the SWO career
path. In order to ensure all SWO S&I pays are aligned with the most recent
SWO retention trends and Unrestricted Line Force Management initiatives, all
SWO monetary incentives are reviewed annually and tailored accordingly.
3. SWO Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) Program. Reference (a) is
applicable to both active-component personnel and full-time support SWO
personnel. While subsequent paragraphs will address SWOCP, Junior CSRB, LCDR
CSRB and Senior CSRB individually, the following general summary is provided:
a. New SWOCP contracts will no longer be accepted. Existing SWOCP
contracts will continue as delineated herein, in accordance with OPNAVINST
b. Junior SWO CSRB will continue to be offered as delineated
c. LCDR SWO CSRB will be unchanged.
d. Existing Senior CSRB contracts will continue as delineated herein.
4. Recoupment/Repayment. SWOs who received SWOCP commit to remain on
active-duty as SWOs and agree to accept continuation on active duty through
their SWOCP service obligation. Repayment policy is governed by 37 U.S.C.
*373, and reference (b).
5. Action. Commanding officers will invite eligible and qualified SWOs to
submit RJCSRB applications to Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS-311), in
accordance with reference (a). Commanding officers must ensure that the
information provided in an officer*s application is complete and accurate,
that the officer meets eligibility requirements, and that no action against
the officer is pending that may result in the officer being ineligible for
6. Point of contact is Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS-311), at (901)-874-
7. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
8. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//