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News - 2011
SRB Award Levels Changed 

By MC2(AW) La Tunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Communications

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy announced revised selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) rates in NAVADMIN 050/09, Feb. 18. 

“We adjust SRBs as a retention incentive to provide the critical skills needed in the fleet,” said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, Chief of Naval Personnel. “We’re experiencing great retention in nearly all zones and NECs  (Navy Enlisted Classifications) and we’ve adjusted SRB levels in response to this change in behavior.

“While not every Sailor qualifies for a SRB, all Sailors are important to the successful execution of Navy missions,” added Ferguson.

The new message approves 35 increases in SRBs, many in the nuclear field, and 412 decreases. 

The increased award levels are effective immediately and decreased levels are effective March 11.  These award levels are continually reviewed and evaluated. This NAVADMIN supersedes NAVADMIN 240/08.

The SRB Program enhances the Navy’s ability to size, shape and stabilize the force by using a monetary incentive to encourage Sailors with critical skills the Navy needs most to reenlist.  SRB is a market-based incentive allowing the Navy to strategically adjust award levels as retention needs dictate.

The Navy announced changes to the SRB policy earlier this year which allows Sailors to reenlist early for SRB as long as they are within 90 days prior to their expiration of active obligated service (EAOS) and within the current fiscal year of their EAOS.  A Sailor whose SRB award level decreases or is removed is eligible to reenlist in the first 30 days following release of a new SRB award plan only if their hard EAOS is within 90 days of the effective date of the message.  In the case of NAVADMIN 050/09 this date is calculated to be 09 May 2009. 

"By reducing the time frame for SRB reenlistment, the Navy can better project and manage end strength while continuing to provide incentive to Sailors with critical skills and valuable experience to stay Navy," said Jeri Busch, head, military pay and compensation policy branch for the Chief of Naval Personnel.

The policy change is part of an overall effort to stabilize the force at about 329,000 active duty Sailors by the end of this fiscal year.

Some other requirements under the SRB policy include:

  • All SRB reenlistment requests must be submitted 35-120 days prior to the requested reenlistment date.
  • SRB requests submitted less than 35 days in advance of the requested date of reenlistment may be rejected.
  • Sailors who are eligible for combat zone tax exclusion (CZTE) and have an EAOS that falls in the current fiscal year are exempt from the 90 day policy and may reenlist early for SRB outside of the 90 day window as long as they are eligible for CZTE at the time of reenlistment. These Sailors along with command career counselors must annotate in the remarks section of the pre-certification request whether they are currently CZTE eligible.

“All rates and NECs were extensively analyzed for bonus levels, and the corresponding increases and reductions were not taken lightly,” concluded Ferguson.

For more information on new SRB rates, visit the NPC website at or read NAVADMIN 050/09.


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