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SUBJ: RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL OPERATIONS ENLISTED EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE
DISPOSAL (EOD) TECHNICIAN CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS UNCLASSIFIED/ PASS
TO ALL OFFICE CODES:
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SUBJ/RENEWAL OF NAVAL SPECIAL OPERATIONS ENLISTED EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL
(EOD) TECHNICIAN CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM//
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 102/07, ANNOUNCEMENT OF NAVAL EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE
DISPOSAL TECHNICIAN CRITICAL SKILLS RETENTION BONUS PROGRAM.
REF B IS SECTION 355 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 DOD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION, VOLUME
7A, CHAPTER 2: REPAYMENT OF UNEARNED PORTION OF BONUSES AND OTHER
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN supersedes ref (a) and announces the renewal
of Naval Special Operations (NSO) senior enlisted Critical Skills
Retention Bonus (CSRB) program. The NSO senior enlisted CSRB is
part of the Navy’s overarching effort to size, shape and stabilize
the NSO’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) force.
2. Program Overview. This bonus is authorized under ref (b).
Specific critical Navy Enlisted Classifications (NEC) and approved
award levels have been prescribed by the office of the Secretary of
Defense. Chief of Naval Personnel, NSO Enlisted Community Manager
(BUPERS-324) will act as the program manager for the NSO EOD senior
enlisted CSRB program. All applications for this bonus will be
submitted to the NSO Enlisted Community Manager (BUPERS-324) for
processing and tracking. By law, a member may receive no more than
$200,000 in CSRB/continuation bonus monies over a career. Selective
reenlistment bonus (SRB) awards are not included in that cap. The
eligibility criteria stated in this NAVADMIN can be changed at any
time by the program manager if a bonus reduction is warranted based
on the needs of the NSO EOD community.
3. Eligibility. NSO enlisted members with NEC 5337, in paygrades
E-7 through E-9, who have completed at least 19 and no more than 22
years of active service who agree for a minimum of a three-year
service obligation, shall be offered the NSO CSRB. A subsequent
CSRB contract may be offered to eligible master EOD technicians who
previously received a CSRB. In no case may a CSRB be paid beyond a
member’s 25th year of service (YOS). Furthermore, applicants must
meet the following eligibility criteria:
a. Be serving on active duty in a regular component.
b. Have the commanding officer’s favorable recommendation for
receipt of NSO CSRB.
c. Members under an existing CSRB contract are not eligible to
receive an additional CSRB for service outlined in original contract
4. NSO CSRB contract lengths, payments and active-duty service
obligations are outlined below:
a. Members may sign a contract in their 18th YOS but CSRB
payments will begin no earlier than the beginning of their 19 YOS.
At a minimum, member must contract to 22 years of service. Service
members in pay grade E-7 may contract for CSRB to 24 YOS, their high
year tenure (HYT) mark. Service members in pay grades E-8 and E-9
are eligible to contract to 25 YOS. If a member serves less than a
full year, the member will be paid the daily rate to the end of
their eligibility. Specific bonus amounts are graduated per YOS.
b. Award amounts tabulated represent a member contracting at the
beginning of the specified YOS. Actual amounts may vary depending
on the effective date of the CSRB contract.
Options YOS 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5 Years 6 Years
Initial 19-22 N/A $60,000 $80,000 $120,000 $150,000
Subsequent 21-23 $40,000 $60,000 N/A N/A N/A
c. NSO CSRB initial contracts shall be for a minimum of three
years and subsequent contracts must be for a minimum of two years.
CSRB will not be paid beyond a member’s 25th YOS. A member 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. 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
d. HYT dates are firm and HYT waiver requests will not be
considered during the NSW CSRB application process. Members are not
eligible for CSRB payments past their HYT date or beyond 25 years of
5. Program Execution.
a. Members should submit a letter request for NSO CSRB to the
program manager 60 to 180 days prior to entering into a NSO CSRB
contract via their chain of command.
b. Service members will receive the bonus in a lump sum payment,
effective from the date of contract execution.
c. CSRB requests for personnel who are being processed for NEC
removal or restoration will be held in abeyance pending final
6. CSRB applications shall be submitted via encrypted e-mail to the
program manager or via mail to:
Bureau of Personnel THREE (BUPERS-3)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-5402
Encrypted e-mail is preferred. CSRB application template can be
located at: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/enlisted/
7. CSRB approval will not currently update the Defense Joint
Military pay system of the Sailor’s intent to reenlist. Until
Defense Joint Military Pay System can be programmed to accept CSRB
reenlistment payments, manual processing is required. Payment
should post to the member’s account by the second pay period
following the day the program manager receives notification
of reenlistment contract. Master Military Pay Account (MMPA) must
reflect contract or obligated service for enlisted members and
tax-free status (if applicable) must post to MMPA prior to final
8. The following documents are required:
a. 60-180 days prior to contract:
(1) Member’s letter requesting a NSO CSRB contract.
(2) Commanding officer’s endorsement letter.
b. Prior to payment, members must submit (encrypted e-mail
preferred) a copy of reenlistment contract and/or extension agreement
with proof of tax-free status if applicable.
9. Recoupment and Repayment Policy. Per ref (c), 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 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.
10. Points of contacts are:
– SEAL, SWCC, EOD, and ND Enlisted Community Manager, LCDR Scott
Harris, (901) 874-2858/DSN 882-2858 or via e-mail at
– EOD Enlisted Community Manager/Technical Advisor,
EODCM Shawn Davis, (901) 874-2827/DSN 882 or via e-mail at
11. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//