NAVAL SPECIAL OPERATIONS SENIOR ENLISTED EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL TECHNICIAN CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM:
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TECHNICIAN CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM//
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 199/17, RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL OPERATIONS ENLISTED
EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL TECHNICIAN CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS
REF B IS SECTION 331 OF TITLE 37 U.S. CODE, SPECIAL PAY: RETENTION
INCENTIVES FOR MEMBERS QUALIFIED IN CRITICAL MILITARY SKILLS OR ASSIGNED TO
HIGH PRIORITY UNITS.
REF C IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION, VOLUME
7A, CHAPTER 2: REPAYMENT OF UNEARNED PORTION OF BONUSES AND OTHER BENEFITS.
REF D IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS
MEMORANDUM AUTHORIZING THE EOD CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN cancels reference (a) and announces an updated Naval
Special Operations (NSO) Senior Enlisted Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Technician Retention Bonus (RB) program.
2. Program Overview. This bonus is authorized under references (b)
through (d). Specific critical Navy enlisted classifications (NEC) and
approved award levels have been prescribed in reference (d). The NSO EOD
Enlisted Community Manager (BUPERS-329) will act as the NSO EOD RB Program
Manager. All applications for this bonus will be submitted to the program
manager for processing and tracking. By law, Sailors may receive no more
than 360,000 dollars in RB monies over a career. Selective reenlistment
bonus awards are included in that cap. Within the confines of reference (d),
the eligibility criteria stated in this NAVADMIN may be changed by the
program manager based on the needs of the EOD community, with the approval
of the Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (OPNAV N13).
3. Eligibility. NSO EOD Sailors with NEC M04A, in paygrades E-7 to E-9, who
meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
a. Between 20 and 28 years of active service (YOAS). Note: Initial
applications may be submitted and contracts signed within the 19th YOAS, but
payments will not begin until 20 YOAS.
b. Milestone complete for current paygrade in line with the EOD career
c. Serving on Active-Duty in a regular component.
d. Favorable recommendation from the Sailors commanding officer (CO).
a. Sailors serving under an existing RB contract are not eligible to
receive an additional RB for service outlined in their existing RB contract
b. Sailors are not eligible for RB payments past their high year tenure
(HYT) date. HYT dates are firm, and HYT waiver requests will not be
considered during the NSO EOD RB application process.
c. Sailors with documented misconduct or below standard performance will
be removed from RB eligibility.
5. Contract Terms. NSO EOD RB contract lengths, payments, and Active-Duty
service obligations are outlined below.
a. E-7s are eligible to contract to 24 YOAS. E-8s are eligible to
contract to 26 YOAS. E-9s are eligible to contract up to 30 YOAS. If a
Sailor serves a partial year, that year will be prorated pursuant to the
bonus amount of that year. Specific bonus amounts are graduated in line with
(1) Phase One NSO EOD RB. Sailors must be E-7 or above and have NEC
M04A to apply for a phase one bonus. Phase one corresponds with E-7 HYT and
encompasses 20 to 24 YOAS. Sailors will have the opportunity to receive up
to 100,000 dollars in RB for phase one contracts. At a minimum, Sailors must
contract through 21 YOAS.
YOAS Bonus Amount
20 25,000 dollars
21 25,000 dollars
22 25,000 dollars
23 25,000 dollars
(2) Phase Two NSO EOD RB. Sailors must be E-8 (select) or above and
have NEC M04A to apply for a phase two bonus. Phase two corresponds with E-8
HYT and encompasses 24 to 26 YOAS. Sailors 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 NSO EOD RB. Sailors must be E-9 (select) or E-9 and
have NEC M04A to apply for a phase three bonus. Phase three corresponds with
E-9 HYT and encompasses 26 to 30 YOAS. Sailors must contract before they
reach 28 YOAS. Sailors 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) RB Contract. RB contract phases may be combined as long as the
Sailors are eligible to receive payments to the contracted end date.
b. In line with reference (b), NSO EOD RB contracts will be for a
minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 years. Sailors under the RB contract will
not submit a request for retirement or tender a resignation with an effective
date that is prior to completion of the agreement. Enlisted Sailors must
reenlist or extend their enlistment contract, soft end of active obligated
service, for a period of at least 2 years. Sailors are authorized early
reenlistment in order to align RB and reenlistment contracts.
Reenlistments and extensions may be combined to align service dates for the
maximum opportunity, up to a reenlistment of 6 years and an extension of up
to 12 months.
6. Program Execution:
a. Sailors should submit requests for NSO EOD RB to the program manager
via their chain of command at firstname.lastname@example.org 60 to 180 days
prior to entering into an NSO EOD RB contract. The following documents are
(1) Letter requesting contract from the Sailor.
(2) Endorsement letter from the CO.
(3) Evaluation or documentation of appropriate milestone
b. Upon acceptance of a Sailor agreement by the program manager, the
amount of the bonus becomes fixed, and the Sailor incurs a firm service
c. Sailors will receive the bonus in a lump sum payment, effective from
the date of contract execution. Prior to payment, Sailors will submit a copy
of the reenlistment contract and/or extension agreement with proof of tax-
free status, if applicable.
d. RB requests for personnel who are being processed for disciplinary
action, NEC removal, or restoration will be held in abeyance pending final
7. Recoupment and Repayment Policy. In line with references (c) and (d), a
Sailor of the uniformed services who 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 Sailor fulfills the condition of that written
agreement. If the Sailor fails to fulfill the service conditions specified
in the written agreement for pay, then the pay may be terminated, and the
Sailor may be required to repay an amount equal to the unearned portion of
8. Points of contact are:
a. LT Zachary Krueger, NSO ECM and NSO EOD RB Program Manager,
by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at
b. EODCM Tim Mendenhall, Enlisted Technical Advisor, by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (901) 874-2827.
9. This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//