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Boosted bonuses: New rules raise payout ceiling to $100K

Apr. 14, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Some sonar technicians (submarine), such as these aboard the attack submarine Charlotte in 2012, are among those eligible for re-up bonuses at the newly created maximum payout level of $100,000.
Some sonar technicians (submarine), such as these aboard the attack submarine Charlotte in 2012, are among those eligible for re-up bonuses at the newly created maximum payout level of $100,000. (MC2 Steven Khor/Navy)
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Selective re-enlistment bonuses

All increased SRB levels take effect immediately; decreased levels take effect May 10. Multiples with a minus symbol (-) decreased from the last SRB update, including those reduced to zero, while those with a plus sign (+) increased. Re-enlistment Zone A is sailors with up to six years of service; Zone B, six to 10 years; Zone C, 10 to 14 years.

RatingNECZoneAwardmult.Level
ABE 0000A+1.0$30K
ABF 0000A+1.0$30K
ABH 0000A+1.0$30K
ABH 0000C1.0$30K
AG7412B+0.5$30K
AM 0000A+1.0$30K
AM 0000B+0.5$30K
AME0000A+1.0$30K
AME0000B+1.0$30K
AO 0000A1.0$30K
AWO7841A+3.0$45K
AWO 0000B2.0$45K
BM 0000A-0.0$45K
CB5932A3.5$45K
CB5932B2.0$45K
CB5932C-0.0$45K
CB5931B3.5$45K
CB5931C3.0$45K
CB5633A2.0$45K
CB5633B2.0$45K
CB5633C2.0$45K
CS 0000A-1.0$30K
CSSS0000A+3.5$60K
CTI9ARBA-3.0$75K
CTI9ARBB-2.0$75K
CTI9PESA-3.0$75K
CTI9PESB-3.0$75K
CTI9RUSB+1.0$45K
CTI9SPAB+1.0$45K
CTM9229A-3.0$45K
CTM9229B-2.0$45K
CTM9229C-1.0$45K
CTN9308A+7.0$75K
CTN9308B5.0$75K
CTN9308C5.0$75K
CTN 0000B3.0$75K
CTN 0000C3.0$75K
CTR9138A2.0$45K
CTT9135B2.0$45K
CTT9135C1.0$45K
CTT1702B1.0$45K
CTT173XB1.0$45K
DC 0000B-1.0$45K
ELTSS3356, 3366A+11.0$100K
ELTSS3356, 3366B9.0$100K
ELTSW3386, 3396A9.5$100K
ELTSW3386, 3396B+9.0$100K
EM0000A1.0$45K
EM0000B+1.0$45K
EMNSS3354, 3364A+9.0$75K
EMNSS3354, 3364B+6.5$75K
EMNSW3384, 3394A+7.5$75K
EMNSW3384, 3394B+6.5$75K
EOD5337B7.0$100K
EOD5337C7.0$100K
EOD5335A+6.0$75K
EOD5335B+5.0$75K
EOD5335C5.0$75K
EOD5333A-4.5$75K
EOD5333B4.5$75K
ETNSS3353, 3363A+12.0$100K
ETNSS3353, 3363B8.5$100K
ETNSW3383, 3393A9.0$75K
ETNSW3383, 3393B9.0$100K
ETSS COMM14CMB+2.5$60K
ETSS COMM14XXAA-4.0$60K
ETSS COMM14XXAB+2.5$45K
ETSS COMM14EMB+2.5$60K
ETSS NAV14NMB-0.0$45K
ETSS NAV14XMB-0.0$45K
ETSS NAV14XXBA-3.0$60K
ETSS NAV14XXBB1.5$60K
ETSW0000B+1.5$75K
ETSW0000C+1.0$75K
FC0000B+2.0$75K
FC0000C+1.0$75K
FCA 0000A-1.5$60K
FCA 0000B-3.0$75K
FT13XXA-1.0$60K
FT13XXB1.0$45K
FT11XXA-0.0$60K
FT11XXB-0.0$45K
GSM 0000B-1.0$45K
HM8765B+1.0$30K
HM8753B+1.0$30K
HM8708B+1.0$30K
HM8541B-1.0$45K
HM8506B+1.0$30K
HM8494B4.0$60K
HM8494C-1.5$60K
HM8493A+3.5$45K
HM8485A-0.0$45K
HM8427A+4.0$60K
HM8427B+2.0$60K
HM8425B4.0$60K
HM8425C2.0$60K
HM8403A3.0$60K
HM8403B5.0$60K
HM8403C2.5$60K
HM8402B5.0$60K
HM8402C1.5$45K
HM8401A+1.5$30K
HM8401B+1.0$45K
HT 0000A+1.0$45K
HT 0000B-1.0$45K
IC 0000B-1.0$45K
IS3913B+3.0$60K
IS3913C1.5$60K
IT2791B-0.0$60K
IT2781B-0.0$60K
IT2780B-0.0$60K
IT0000A+1.0$30K
IT 0000B1.5$45K
ITS2781C+3.0$75K
ITS27XXA+3.5$75K
ITS27XXB2.5$60K
LCAC0304A3.5$45K
LCAC0304B3.0$45K
LSSS0000A+1.0$30K
MM0000A+0.5$45K
MMNSS3355, 3365A+11.0$100K
MMNSS3355, 3365B+9.0$100K
MMNSW3385, 3395A8.5$75K
MMNSW3385, 3395 B+9.0$100K
MMSS AUX4231A-0.0$45K
MMSS AUX4230A-0.0$45K
MMSS AUX42XXAA1.0$45K
MMSS AUX42XXAB+1.0$60K
MMSS WEP4233A-0.0$45K
MMSS WEP4233B-0.0$45K
MMSS WEP42XXBA1.5$45K
MMSS WEP42XXBB+2.0$60K
MR4402B2.0$45K
MT33XXA-1.0$45K
MT33XXB-0.5$45K
ND5342A7.0$75K
ND5342B+2.0$30K
ND5342C2.0$60K
ND5341C5.0$100K
OS0324A1.5$45K
OS0324B1.0$45K
OS0319B2.5$45K
OS0319C1.0$45K
OS0318A2.0$45K
OS0318B2.0$45K
SB5392BA6.0$100K
SB5392BB9.0$100K
SB5392BC-0.0$100K
SB5352A3.5$45K
SB5352B5.0$100K
SB5352C5.0$100K
SO5392AA6.0$100K
SO5392AB9.0$100K
SO5326A2.0$30K
SO5326B8.5$100K
SO5326C7.0$100K
SO5323A6.0$100K
SO5323B9.0$100K
SO5323C9.0$100K
STG0416B+7.0$75K
STG0416C+6.0$75K
STG0000B+1.0$30K
STS0416SB+8.0$100K
STS0416SC+8.0$100K
STS 0000A-2.0$75K
STS 0000B+2.0$45K
YNSS0000A+1.0$30K

A new war is on the Navy’s horizon, one for keeping the best people with the hottest skills in the ranks.

The Navy’s top personnel boss expects to see a down-tick in retention in the next year and is mounting a counteroffensive that has good news for many: increased re-up bonuses.

Officials hope the new rates will entice at least 9,500 sailors to re-enlist from an eligible population of more than 23,200.

Plus, thousands more could cash in if they re-up early.

That’s nearly 3,000 more re-up bonuses than the 6,410 sailors originally targeted for this fiscal year.

And the money is bigger: The rules raise the max to $100,000 per contract.

Changes to the Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program offer more bucks than the Navy has issued in at least half a decade. The service cut back on the program, and froze it altogether at times, during the most recent drawdown.

But times are changing.

With the economy gaining steam, Vice Adm. Bill Moran, the chief of naval personnel, decided to sweeten the re-up bonuses to keep in those with the most critical skills before they leave the service.

“We continue to monitor retention behavior closely and expect to meet aggregate enlisted retention goals in [fiscal year] 2014, but are seeing problems on the fiscal 2015 horizon,” Moran warned the House Armed Services Committee in his March 25 written testimony.

“We expect to begin experiencing retention challenges within some ratings in specific communities — targeting junior enlisted personnel with increased incentives may prove critical for achieving required retention in FY2015, and beyond,” Moran said.

Moran said he expected to see fewer re-ups in communities such as information dominance, special warfare, nuclear, advanced electronics and medical.

The Navy has budgeted $133.5 million for new SRB contracts this fiscal year, up from $115.8 million paid out last year. The fiscal 2015 budget request shows another increase, with $135.6 million to pay out.

Rule changes

For the most critical skills — 15 rating and Navy enlisted classification combinations — the Navy upped the maximum payout to $100,000 per contract and a $200,000 career cap, in keeping with a new Defense Department instruction. The new rules were released April 10 in NAVADMIN 081/14.

But another new rule limits the annual payout to $25,000 — a change that for some means taking a four-year hitch to get the max.

These rule changes will only impact the most critical of skills, especially SEALs and nuclear-trained sailors who maxed out at the previous limit, $90,000, with a three-year contract.

SEALs and nukes aren’t the only ones with a shot at the new maxes. Master divers, special warfare boat operators, explosive ordnance disposal technicians and submarine-qualified sonar techs can also net that amount, depending on the length of their re-enlistment.

Sailors will still get half their bonus up front and the remainder in equal amounts annually over the rest of their contract.

And if you’re looking for a good reason to ship out, remember: Those stationed or deployed in a tax-free zone, such as the Persian Gulf, get their initial payment and anniversary payments without deductions.

The service also will continue to pay out maximums of $30,000, $45,000, $60,000 and $75,000 to sailors in other eligible rating/NEC combos. Who rates what levels depends on how critical the skills are to the Navy — and how tough it is to recruit and train replacement sailors.

More ups than downs

On the upside, officials have added 18 new skill combinations to the list and increased another 42 combos. On the downside, they’ve reduced eight skills and eliminated another seven.

The increased payout levels take effect immediately, while the decreases don’t officially kick in until May 10.

Those with skills that saw decreases or elimination from the SRB payouts must have already been approved for re-enlistment, as all SRB requests must be approved 30 days prior to re-enlistment.

Most of the new additions to the list are for ratings as a whole; for example, all first-term boatswain’s mates now qualify for a bonus. The same is true for all three types of aviation boatswain’s mates: ABE, ABF and ABH.

It’s the same situation for second-term sailors in these surface engineering ratings: Damage controlman, electrician’s mate, gas turbine system technician (mechanical), hull technician and machinery repairman.

But there’s some that saw reductions. Navy divers, after decades of rating re-up bucks, continued their two-year drop in SRB eligibility with first-term, second class divers and second-term, first class divers washing off the list.

Also cut: third-term SEALs who hold the naval special warfare medic NEC, though that 5392 skill continues to rate high payouts for first- and second-term sailors.

The eliminations also hit first- and second-term cryptologic technicians (maintenance) and first-term cryptologic technicians (collection), along with helicopter naval aircrewmen with the 7815S NEC.

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