NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM:
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NARR/REF A NAVADMIN 049/20, RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE SENIOR ENLISTED
AND CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM.
REF B IS SECTION 332 OF TITLE 37 U.S. CODE, GENERAL BONUS AUTHORITY FOR
REF C IS THE ASN MRA AUTHORIZATION OF THE CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER RETENTION
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN cancels reference (a) and announces authorization of
the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Retention Bonus
2. Program Overview. This bonus is authorized under references (b) and
(c). The NSW program manager, OPNAV N137, will act as the NSW CWO RB program
manager. All applications for this bonus will be submitted to the program
manager for processing and tracking. CWOs will receive the bonus in a lump
sum payment, effective from the date of contract execution. The program
manager may make adjustments within the limits of reference (c), as needed.
3. Eligibility. Effective 28 July 2023, NSW CWOs with the 7151 or 7171
designator who have between 20 and 28 years of active service (YOAS), will be
eligible to apply for the NSW CWO RB, but must also meet the following
a. Be serving on Active Duty in the active component.
b. Have completed four years of active commissioned service.
c. Have the favorable recommendation of their commanding officer (CO)
for receipt of NSW CWO RB.
a. CWOs serving under an existing critical skills retention bonus
contract or an existing accession bonus contract are not eligible to receive
a NSW CWO RB for service outlined in the original contract agreement.
b. CWOs with documented misconduct or below standard performance may be
removed from NSW CWO RB eligibility.
5. Contract terms. NSW CWO RB contract lengths, payments, and active
component service obligations are outlined below.
a. CWOs may sign a NSW CWO RB contract at 20 YOAS. CWO2/CWO3s are
eligible to contract to 26 YOAS. CWO4/CWO5s are eligible to contract to 30
YOAS. If a CWO serves a partial year, that year will be prorated pursuant to
the bonus amount of that year. Minimum contract length is two
years. Contract phases may be combined as long as the CWO is eligible to
receive payments to the contracted end dates. All CWOs must contract no
later than 28 YOAS. Specific bonus amounts are graduated in line with YOAS.
(1) Phase One NSW CWO RB. Must be a CWO2 or above with a 7151 or
7171 designator to apply for a phase one bonus. CWOs will have the
opportunity to receive up to 90,000 dollars in RB for phase one
contracts. At a minimum, members must contract through 21 YOAS.
YOAS Bonus Amount
20+ 20,000 dollars
21+ 20,000 dollars
22+ 25,000 dollars
23+ 25,000 dollars
(2) Phase Two NSW CWO RB. Must be CWO2 or above with a 7151 or 7171
designator to apply for a phase two bonus. CWOs will have the opportunity to
receive up to 50,000 dollars in retention bonuses for phase two contracts.
YOAS Bonus Amount
24+ 25,000 dollars
25+ 25,000 dollars
(3) Phase Three NSW CWO RB. Must be CWO4 or above with a 7151 or
7171 designator to apply for a phase three bonus. CWOs must contract no
later than 28 YOAS. CWOs will have the opportunity to receive up to 40,000
dollars in retention bonuses for phase three contracts.
YOAS Bonus Amount
26+ 10,000 dollars
27+ 10,000 dollars
28+ 10,000 dollars
29+ 10,000 dollars
(4) CWO RB Contract. Contract phases may be combined as long as the
CWO is eligible to receive payments to the contracted end dates.
b. NSW CWO RB contracts will be for a minimum of two years and a
maximum of four years. CWOs under the CWO RB contract will not submit a
request for retirement with an effective date that is prior to the completion
of the agreement.
6. Program Execution:
a. CWOs should submit requests for NSW CWO RB to the program manager 30
to 60 days prior to the requested start date.
b. Upon acceptance of an agreement of the CWO by the program manager,
the amount of the bonus becomes fixed and the CWO incurs a firm service
c. CWOs will receive the bonus in a lump sum payment, effective from the
date of contract execution.
d. CWO RB requests for personnel who are being processed for
disciplinary action, additional qualification designator removal, or
restoration will be held in abeyance pending final resolution.
7. Application. The following documents are required:
a. Letter of the officer requesting a NSW CWO RB contract.
b. COs endorsement letter.
8. Point of contact is the Naval Special Warfare Officer Community Manager
at (703) 604-5063/DSN 664 or via e-mail at SEAL_OCM@navy.mil.
9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//