RENEWAL AND RESTRUCTURING OF EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER RETENTION BONUS:
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SUBJ/RENEWAL AND RESTRUCTURING OF EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 232/20, EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER
REF B IS TITLE 37, U.S. CODE, PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES.
REF C IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1304.34, GENERAL BONUS AUTHORITY
REF D IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS),
EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL WARFARE OFFICER RETENTION BONUS AUTHORIZATION.
REF E IS MILPERSMAN 1210-230, EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL OFFICER.
REF F IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION 7000.14.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the renewal and restructuring of the
explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) warfare officer retention bonus (ORB) for
qualified EOD officers. This NAVADMIN supersedes reference (a).
2. Program Authority. This bonus is authorized under section 332 of
reference (b) and references (c) and (d). All applications for this bonus
will be submitted to the EOD officer community manager (OCM) (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 LTs will be offered the opportunity to commit to a
4-year or 2-year agreement starting at the completion of their 6th
year of commissioned service (YCS) or completion of the initial
service obligation incurred in line with reference (e), whichever
occurs last. The period of obligated service may begin no later
than completion of 90 months of commissioned service (7.5 years).
An additional 2-year agreement will be offered at the completion of
8 YCS but may begin no earlier than the completion of the obligated
service from the first LT bonus.
b. Qualified LCDR will be offered the opportunity to commit to
a 4-year or 2-year agreement starting at the completion of 10 YCS or
completion of the period of obligated service from any previous
retention bonus, whichever occurs last. The period of obligated
service may begin no later than completion of 12 YCS. An additional
2-year bonus will be offered and may begin no earlier than the
completion of the obligated service from the first LCDR bonus and no
later than 6 months after that date.
c. References (b) and (c) 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) who qualified
EOD warfare officer by the completion of 6 YCS and EOD department head by
eight YCS, awarded the additional qualification designators (AQD) of KG5 and
(2) Completed 6 years of commissioned service for the 4-year or
initial 2-year bonus.
(3) Completed 8 years of commissioned service for the second 2-year bonus.
(4) Completed any service commitment incurred in line with
(5) 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 10 years of commissioned service or completion of the
period of obligated service from any previous retention bonus.
(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 OCM (BUPERS-311E) is assigned as the program manager
and is delegated the authority to administer the EOD ORB program in line with
applicable laws, Department of Defense directives and instructions, and this
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 criteria.
h. All commanding officers (CO) 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
Permanent Military Instructor (PMI) 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 PMI 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 ($72K) is offered to eligible EOD warfare officers
(warfare qualified (KG5)) at completion of 56 YCS and will require the
completion of EOD department head qualified (KG0) by completion of 8 YCS.
(2) 2-year bonus at completion of 6 YCS for ($12.5K/annual) and will
be offered another 2-year bonus at 8 YCS for an additional ($12.5K/annual) or
$50K over 4 years. The 4-year and 2-year (if both 2-year contracts are
taken) bonuses commit officers through 10 YCS.
b. LCDR EOD ORB:
(1) 4-year ($100K) is offered to eligible EOD warfare officers at
completion of 10 YCS.
(2) 2-year bonus at completion of 10 YCS for ($15K/annual) and will
be offered another 2-year bonus at completion of 12 YCS for an additional
($15K/annual) or $60K over four years. The 4-year and 2-year (if both 2-year
contracts are taken) bonuses commit officer through 14 YCS.
(3) LCDRs in year groups (YG) 12 to 16 that are under the legacy ORB
will be in ineligible to sign a 4-year contract at the completion of 10 YCS
due to the previous EOD ORB agreement.
However, they will be offered a 4-year, $100K contract at the completion of
obligated service from any previous retention bonus and no later than the
completion of 12 YCS.
c. EOD ORB agreement obligations will run consecutively in line with
d. In line with reference (f), retention bonuses are considered special
pay and will be distributed according to election percent under traditional
thrift savings plan (TSP) and roth TSP in MyPay.
7. Application Process
a. Officers within one year of eligibility may apply for the EOD ORB via
their CO. Officers must submit a copy of the signed original contract and CO
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
(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 (b) section 373, reference (c) and reference (f).
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 MyNavy HR website.
10. The point of contact is LCDR Matthew Guido, EOD Officer Community
Manager, BUPERS-311E, at (901)874-4991/DSN 882.
11. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//