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SUBJ/RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ENLISTED AND CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER
CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM//
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 162/13, RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ENLISTED AND
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM. REF B IS
TITLE 37 U.S. CODE SECTION 355, SPECIAL PAY: RETENTION INCENTIVES FOR MEMBERS
QUALIFIED IN CRITICAL MILITARY SKILLS OR ASSIGNED TO HIGH PRIORITY UNITS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN cancels reference (a) and announces the renewal of
Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Senior Enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO)
Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) program. The NSW CSRB is part of the
overarching effort of the Navy to size, shape and stabilize the force.
2. Program Overview. This bonus is authorized under reference (b). Specific
critical Navy enlisted classifications (NEC) and approved award levels have
been prescribed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Naval Special
Warfare Enlisted Community Manager (BUPERS-324) will act as the NSW CSRB
program manager. All applications for this bonus will be submitted to the
program manager for processing and tracking. By law, a member may receive no
more than 200,000 dollars in CSRB monies over a career. Selective
Reenlistment Bonus awards are not included in that cap. The eligibility
criteria stated in this NAVADMIN can be reduced at any time by the program
manager based on the needs of the NSW community.
3. Eligibility. NSW enlisted members with NECs 532x or 535x, in paygrades
E7 (select) and above, and CWOs with designators 7151 and 7171, who have
completed at least 20 years of active service, shall be eligible to apply for
the NSW CSRB, but must also meet the following eligibility criteria:
a. be serving on active duty in a regular component, and
b. have the favorable recommendation of the commanding officer (CO) for
receipt of NSW CSRB.
a. Members under an existing CSRB contract are not eligible to receive
an additional CSRB for service outlined in original contract agreement.
b. Members are not eligible for CSRB payments past their High Year
Tenure (HYT) date. HYT dates are firm and HYT waiver requests will not be
considered during the NSW CSRB application process.
c. Members with documented misconduct or below standard performance may
be removed from CSRB eligibility.
5. Contract Terms. NSW CSRB contract lengths, payments and active-duty
service obligations are outlined below.
a. Members may sign a contract in their 19th year of service (YOS).
CSRB payments begin at 20 YOS. Enlisted members may contract to their HYT
mark. E7s are eligible to contract to 24 YOS. E8s and CWO2/CWO3s are
eligible to contract to 26 YOS. E9s and CWO4/CWO5s are eligible to contract
to 30 YOS. If a member serves a partial year, that year will be prorated
pursuant to the bonus amount of that year. Specific bonus amounts are
graduated pursuant to year of service.
(1) Phase One NSW CSRB. Member must be CWO2 7151/7171 or E7 (select)
or above 532x/535x to apply for a Phase One Bonus. Phase One corresponds
with E7 HYT and encompasses 20 to 24 YOS. Members will have the opportunity
to receive up to 90,000 dollars in retention bonuses for Phase One contracts.
At a minimum, members must contract through 21 YOS.
YOS Bonus Amount
20+ 20,000 dollars
21+ 20,000 dollars
22+ 25,000 dollars
23+ 25,000 dollars
(2) Phase Two NSW CSRB. Member must be CWO2 7151/7171 or E8 (select)
or above 532x/535x to apply for a Phase Two Bonus. Phase Two corresponds
with E8 HYT and encompasses 24 to 26 YOS. Members will have the opportunity
to receive up to 50,000 dollars in retention bonuses for Phase Two contracts.
YOS Bonus Amount
24+ 25,000 dollars
25+ 25,000 dollars
(3) Phase Three NSW CSRB. Member must be CWO4 7151/7171 or E9
(select) or above 532x/535x to apply for a Phase Three Bonus. Phase Three
corresponds with E9 HYT and encompasses 26 through 30 YOS. Members will have
the opportunity to receive up to 40,000 dollars in retention bonuses for
Phase Three contracts.
YOS Bonus Amount
26+ 10,000 dollars
27+ 10,000 dollars
28+ 10,000 dollars
29+ 10,000 dollars
(4) CSRB Contract. CSRB contract phases may be combined as long as
the member is eligible to receive payments to the contracted end dates.
b. NSW CSRB contracts shall be for a minimum of two and maximum of six
years. Members under CSRB 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 members must reenlist or extend their enlistment
contract, soft end of active obligated service, for a period of at least two
years. Members are authorized early reenlistment in order to align CSRB and
reenlistment contracts. Reenlistments and extensions may be combined to
align service dates for maximum opportunity, up to a reenlistment of 6 years
and extension of up to 12 months.
6. Program Execution
a. Members should submit requests for NSW CSRB to the program manager 60
to 180 days prior to entering into a NSW CSRB contract via their chain of
command. If operational commitments limit the ability to submit CSRB
applications via this manner, commands should submit requests through their
immediate superior in the chain of command who can submit the request to the
b. Upon acceptance of a members agreement by the program manager, the
amount of the bonus becomes fixed and the member incurs a firm service
c. Service Members will receive the bonus in a lump sum payment,
effective from the date of contract execution.
d. CSRB requests for personnel who are being processed for NEC removal
or restoration will be held in abeyance pending final resolution.
7. Payment Processing. CSRB approval does not currently update the Defense
Joint Military Pay System (DJMS) of the intent of the Sailor to reenlist.
Until the DJMS can be programmed to accept CSRB reenlistment payments, manual
processing is required. Payment should post to the account of the member by
the second pay period following the day the CSRB program manager receives
notification of reenlistment or CWO letter of intent. Master Military Pay
Account (MMPA) must reflect contract or obligated service for enlisted
members and tax-free status (if applicable) must post to MMPA for both
enlisted and officers prior to final payment.
8. Application. The following documents are required:
a. 60-180 days prior to contract:
(1) letter of the member requesting a NSW CSRB contract.
(2) COs endorsement letter.
b. Prior to payment members will submit a copy of reenlistment contract
and/or extension agreement with proof of tax-free status, if applicable.
9. Points of Contact
a. LCDR Justin Davis, Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) and Special Warfare
Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) Enlisted Community Manager, at (901) 874-
2858/DSN 882 or via e-mail justin.p.davis1(at)navy.mil.
b. Mr. Frederick Wienbeck, Deputy, SEAL and SWCC Enlisted Community
Manager, at (901) 874-3552/DSN 882 or via e-mail
10. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
11. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//