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SUBJ/NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE ACCESSION BONUS FOR CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERS IN
DESIGNATORS 7151 AND 7171//
REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/141612ZSEP16//
REF/B/DOC/TITLE 37 U.S.C.//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 140/16, RENEWAL OF THE NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CRITICAL
SKILLS 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 OPNAVINST 1160.8A, 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 OTHER
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Accession
Bonus (NSWAB) for qualified chief warrant officers (CWOs). This NAVADMIN
supersedes reference (a). Accessing NSW CWOs is a priority for the Navy.
The NSWAB is part of the Navy�s 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
dollars for accepting a commission and serving on active duty in designators
7151 and 7171 for a 4-year obligated service period after commissioning. NSW
Officer Community Manager (BUPERS-311D) is designated as the NSWAB Program
Manager. All applications for this bonus will be submitted to the program
manager for approval, payment processing, and tracking. The eligibility
criteria stated in this NAVADMIN can be changed by the program manager when a
bonus reduction is warranted based on the needs of the NSW community.
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.
b. Applicants must receive their commanding officers (COs) written
endorsement. COs must ensure applications are accurate and verify applicants
meet eligibility requirements.
c. CWO selectees who accept an appointment to CWO, and who are currently
on a NSW Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) contract, will be ineligible
to receive or apply for a NSWAB.
d. Upon release of Navy CWO selection NAVADMIN, Special Operators and
Special Boat Operators who were selected and have contracted service under a
Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) will have future SRB payments suspended in
accordance with reference (c). If a members application is accepted for CWO
appointment, all suspended and future SRB payments are forfeited. The CWO
selectee is eligible to receive NSWAB payment only after completion of their
SRB obligated service period for which they were previously paid. The
deferred NSWAB payment will coincide with the start of the new obligated
service period set forth in NSWAB program guidelines and begin no later than
the start of the members 16th year of active duty service.
4. Contract Terms. Qualified applicants will receive a $45,000 dollars
bonus, and will incur a 4-year active duty service obligation from the date
of commission. NSWAB agreement obligations will run concurrently with any
obligated service the officer has incurred for education or fellowships such
as higher education.
5. Program Execution.
a. Officers must submit their request letter to the NSWAB program
manager no later than 30 days prior to entering into a NSWAB contract via
their chain of command.
b. Upon acceptance of an officer's 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
BUPERS-311D. Submit applications by mail to:
ATTN: NSW Officer Community Manager
701 South Courthouse Road
Bldg 12 Room 3R180
Arlington, VA 22204
or via encrypted e-mail at SEAL_OCM(at)navy.mil. (Preferred)
b. Officers 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 by section
373 of reference (b) and reference (d). A member 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 member
fulfills the conditions of that written agreement. If the member fails to
fulfill the service conditions specified in the written agreement for the
pay, then the pay may be terminated and the member may be required to repay
an amount equal to the unearned portion of the pay.
8. Points of Contact. The primary point of contact for NSWAB program
management is the Naval Special Warfare Officer Community Manager at (703)
604-5008 or via e-mail at SEAL_OCM(at)navy.mil.
9. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//