RENEWAL OF THE NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ACCESSION BONUS FOR CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERS IN DESIGNATORS 7151 AND 7171:
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 095/17, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ACCESSION BONUS
FOR CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERS IN DESIGNATORS 7151 AND 7171.
REF B IS
TITLE 37, U.S.C., PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES.
REF C IS OPNAVISNT 1160.8C, SELECTIVE REENLISMENT BONUS PROGRAM.
REF D IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION 7000.14,
VOLUME 7A, CHAPTER 2, REPAYMENT OF UNEARNED PORTION OF BONUSES AND
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the renewal of the Naval Special Warfare
(NSW) Accession Bonus (NSWAB) for qualified Chief Warrant Officers
(CWO). This NAVADMIN supersedes reference (a). Accessing NSW CWOs is a
priority for the Navy. The NSWAB is part of the Navy overarching effort to
size, shape and stabilize the NSW force. Special warfare operators or special
warfare boat operators selected for CWO that meet the eligibility criteria in
this NAVADMIN may apply.
2. Program Overview. This bonus is authorized under Section 332 of
reference (b). Eligible CWO selectees may apply for a bonus level of $45,000
for accepting a commission and serving on Active Duty in designators 7151 and
7171 for a 4-year bonus obligated service period. The initial commission
service obligation for CWO is 6 years and will run concurrent with the bonus
obligation. The Naval Special Warfare Plans and Policy Branch (OPNAV N137)
is designated as the NSWAB Program Manager. Applicants should submit
applications for this bonus to the program manager for approval, payment
processing and tracking prior to commissioning date. The eligibility
criteria stated in this NAVADMIN can change at any time by the program
manager if a bonus reduction is warranted based on the needs of the NSW
3. Eligibility. Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
a. Applicants must be Active-Duty Service Members selected by a Navy CWO
selection board for commissioning in designators 7151 or 7171 and accept an
appointment to CWO.
b. Applicants must receive their commanding officers (CO) written
endorsement. COs must ensure applications are accurate and verify applicant
meets eligibility requirements.
c. CWO selectees that accept an appointment to CWO, and that are
currently on a NSW critical skills retention bonus contract, all ineligible
to receive or apply for a NSWAB.
d. Upon release of Navy CWO selection NAVADMIN, special warfare
operators and special warfare boat operators selected and have contracted
service under a selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) will have future SRB
payments suspended in line with reference (c). If an application is accepted
for CWO appointment, all suspended and future SRB payments are
forfeited. The command must coordinate with the servicing Personnel Support
Detachment to submit a defense workload operations web system transaction to
Defense Finance and Accounting Services to suspend all future SRB annual
installments effective the date of commissioning. This action must be taken
no later than 45 days prior to the commissioning date to ensure adequate
processing lead-time to prevent overpayment. Any SRB annual installments
disbursed after the commissioning date will be recouped.
e. If applicable, the NSWAB obligation for the Service Member will start
after completion of the SRB obligated service period for which they were
4. Contract Terms. Qualified applicants will receive a $45,000 bonus, and
will incur a 4-year Active-Duty bonus service obligation from the date of
commission, or from the end of SRB service obligation, whichever is
longer. NSWAB agreement obligations will run concurrently with any obligated
service the officer has incurred for education or fellowships such as higher
5. Program Execution
a. Applicants must submit their NSWAB request letter, via their chain of
command, to the program manager no later than 30 days prior to commissioning
b. Upon acceptance of an agreement, the amount of the bonus becomes
fixed and the officer incurs a firm service obligation.
c. Service Members will receive the bonus in a lump sum payment.
6. Application Process
a. Eligible NSW CWO selectees may apply for the NSWAB via their CO to
NSWAB Program Manager. Submit applications by mail to:
ATTN: Naval Special Warfare Plans and Policy Branch
701 South Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22204
or via encrypted e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail preferred).
b. Applicants 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 under
Section 373 of reference (b), and reference (d). A Service Member of the
uniformed services that 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 Service Member fulfills the conditions of that written
agreement. If the Service Member fails to fulfill the service conditions
specified in the written agreement for the pay, then the pay may be
terminated and the Service Member may be required to repay an amount equal to
the unearned portion of the pay.
8. Point of Contact. The primary point of contact for NSWAB program
management is OPNAV N137 at (703) 604-5008 or via e-mail at