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News - 2011
Navy Announces Updated Special Duty Assignment Pay Rates 

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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- A Navy message released Nov. 22, announces revisions in special duty assignment pay (SDAP).

NAVADMIN 356/11 lists updated SDAP levels for active-duty and Reserve component full-time support and qualified selected Reserve Sailors on active duty.

Increases to existing SDAP levels are effective immediately and reductions are effective 60 days from release of NAVADMIN 356/11.

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 pay ranging from $75 to $450 a month used to entice qualified 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 and to sustain adequate manning levels.

In order to qualify for SDAP, Sailors must be assigned to and working in a valid billet on the Command Manpower Authorization Listing. This billet must be authorized by the Bureau of Naval Personnel as a special duty assignment billet.  Commands holding SDAP billets are required to complete an annual recertification.

NAVADMIN 356/11 supersedes previously released SDAP rates.

More than 25,000 Sailors currently receive SDAP. Sailors can read OPNAVINST 1160.6 and talk with their command career counselor to learn more about SDAP.

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