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Special Duty Assignment Pay Revised 


By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- NAVADMIN 156/09, announces revisions in special duty assignment pay (SDAP), which take effect July 26.

The revisions adjust SDAP levels for active and Reserve component full-time support (FTS) Sailors, but the majority of SDAP pay remains unchanged from 2008.

"We typically release a new SDAP plan once per year," said Jeri Busch, the head of the military pay and compensation policy branch for the chief of naval personnel. "Out of 166 line items, we reduced 36 single-level and 21 multi-level, with seven going to zero and 102 remaining unchanged," said Busch.

Approximately 26,500 Sailors receive SDAP each month, and of these, 6,300 are affected by this message. Adjusted pay rates will be reflected in the August pay cycle, said Busch.

Sailors whose SDAP will be eliminated will receive half of their previous SDAP entitlement for 12 months, or until the Sailor completes the tour, whichever comes first.

The SDAP program is an incentive for Sailors to serve in designated billets that are considered extremely difficult or entail arduous duty. Program levels change to reflect the current environment associated with each billet.

Commands holding SDAP billets are required to complete an annual recertification by Aug. 31. Guidance for this process can be found in NAVADMIN 168/09.

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