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SRB SDAP Enl Bonus

SRB award levels for newly added skillsets, and increases to previously offered skillsets, are effective immediately.  The actions necessary to reapprove, rescreen, or adjust SRB qualifiers as detailed below will take time.  Please read the entirety of the information provided below, and allow for adequate time for SRB Help Desk staff to act.  Continue to monitor the SRB status in BOL.  If the expected change has not occurred after 4-6 workdays, the CCC should contact the SRB Help Desk.  Ensure the SRB status in BOL is validated immediately prior to the CCC contacting the SRB Help Desk for assistance.  CCCs calling the SRB Help Desk should have the member’s SSN ready to expedite the process.
The actions required to initiate re-programming of CIMS with the approved changes has occurred.  That process also take time.  Please allow time for SPAWAR to reprogram CIMS to reflect the changes published on this website.  I would expect all actions to be complete within approximately four workdays of the release of the new SRB award plan.  The SRB Help Desk will not manually enter SRB requests for commands during this period unless immediate SRB processing is required.
For previously approved SRBs for reenlistments on, or after, 201028, that now have higher SRB award levels, the SRB will be reapproved to apply the newly authorized higher award level, with no action required by the member or requesting command.  You should expect a new SRB approval message shortly. 
For pending SRBs subject to an increase, the SRB will be rescreened to apply the higher award, with no action required by the member or requesting command. This action is performed as a courtesy and should populate BOL with an updated SRB award total.  If BOL does not update with a new, higher, award total, no action is required.  When the SRB is approved, approximately two weeks in advance of the requested reenlistment date, the new higher award level will be applied.
SRBs must be requested 35-120 days in advance, and the member must be reenlisting within 365 days of their EAOS, or be in receipt of unexecuted PCS orders that contain an unmet OBLISERV.  For newly added skillsets highlighted in blue on the award table, if the member is within about 6 weeks of their EAOS or a transfer date under PCS orders with an unmet OBLISERV, the requirement to request the reenlistment 35-120 days in advance will be waived with no formal waiver package required.  As long as the EAOS, or transfer date, is no later than 201215, simply submit the SRB request in CIMS.  The CCC should call the SRB Help Desk directly if the EAOS or transfer date is too close to ensure processing prior to reenlistment.  We can see all PCS orders, so it is unnecessary to forward any correspondence with supporting documentation to BUPERS 328.  For reenlistment dates after 201215, the request should be submitted 35-120 days in advance.
For MT T3XA Sailors, the currently pending SRBs will be updated to MT 0000 as the qualifier.  There is no action required by the reenlisting Sailor or the requesting command.  The qualifier change is essentially an administrative adjustment, with no net impact to the SRB.
Many Sailors with pending SRBs may now be eligible for a higher SRB based on newly added skillsets.  A records review will be conducted, and if the member holds an active NEC in the newly added SRB skill, the SRB request will be updated by the SRB Help Desk.  In those cases, no action is required by the member or requesting command.  Examples where this change will increase the SRB immediately are:
AWS 0000 Zone B Sailors who hold an AWS G34A NEC
EN 0000 Zone B Sailors who hold a U13A NEC
ETV 0000 Zone A and B Sailors who hold the T21A NEC
IT 0000 Zone C Sailors who hold an H01A NEC
For the following skills, this transition in assigned SRB qualifier will be made for reenlistments pending for dates on, or after 201127. For Sailors in these rates, it may be beneficial to consider moving the reenlistment to a date prior to the effective date of the SRB reductions or cancellations.  Recoding of these SRB with the new skillset only minimizes the SRB reduction associated with the change to the original skillset. To avoid any reduction, the reenlistment date must be moved:
AWO 0000 Zone B Sailors who hold an AWO G09A NEC
FCA Zone B and C Sailors who hold one of the 10 supervisory NECs listed
MM(SW) 0000 Zone B Sailors who hold either the U57A, U59A, or U68A NEC
MA P05A Zone A will simply be recoded to MA
For all skillsets subject to reduction or cancelation, the new lower SRB award level will be effective on 201127.  All reenlistments executed on, or after, 201127, will be subject to the new lower award, if one still exists.  The last day to reenlist prior to the reduction or cancellation becoming effective is 201126. If there is a pending SRB for a date on, or prior to 201126, then no action is required.  The SRB will be approved with the previous higher award level.  For SRBs pending for a date on, or after 201127, and subject to a reduction, the SRB will be rescreened to apply the new lower SRB award level.  For SRBs pending for a date on, or after 201127 subject to a cancellation, the SRB will be rejected, as the SRB for the requested date will no longer exist on the requested reenlistment date.
It may be possible to move a previously submitted SRB request to a date prior to the effective date of an SRB reduction or elimination.  If the original request was submitted at least 35-120 days in advance of the new date, and the reenlistment date remains within 365 days of the member’s EAOS, or the member has PCS orders with an unmet OBLISERV allowing for early reenlistment, the reenlistment can be moved. To reenlist a member on 201126, the last day to reenlist prior to the effective date of all reductions and shutdowns, the request would have to have been received at BUPERS 328 no later than 201023.  If the SRB reenlistment request was submitted after 201023, it will not be possible to move the reenlistment date.  35 Day Waivers will not typically be entertained in this case.  For assistance in evaluating eligibility to move a pending SRB reenlistment to a new date preceding the effective date of a reduction of shutdown, contact the SRB Desk for assistance.
If an SRB eligible member is within 365 days of their EAOS, or in receipt of PCS orders with an unmet OBLISERV, they are highly encouraged to reenlist without undue delay. The SRB Program remains dynamic, and reenlistments early in the window of eligibility are strongly encouraged. The current award levels should not be expected to be permanent. Delays in reenlistments for eligible Sailors should be understood to incur risk that an SRB may not be offered in the future, or may be offered at a lower award level.
Selective Reenlistment Bonuses (SRB)

OPNAVINST 1160.8B and NAVADMIN 108/20 govern the SRB Program.  BUPERS 328 does not produce a cheat sheet or desk guide. If you are using one, then it likely does not reflect current policy and processes.  Work from the above linked source documents only.  When in doubt, ask the SRB Desk at BUPERS 328.

Shutdowns and Reductions
SRBs are reenlistment incentives used to maintain desired manning in specific ratings and NEC'S. SRB levels are subject to change in response to the needs of the Navy in managing community manning.  SRB Shutdowns may be managed by NAVADMIN, promulgated by memo, or through an update to the Current SRB Award Level table linked above. 
SRB Award Limitations
SRB ceiling caps are governed by the current SRB NAVADMIN and Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1304.31.  In no case can an SRB exceed $100,000.00.  Current federal policy further limits SRBs to a maximum of $30,000.00 per year of additional obligated service (AOS).  This limit is not currently programmed into any corporate data system.  A manual intervention is required by BUPERS 328 to manually cap the SRB.  Any request exceeding this criteria will initially be rejected by BUPERS 328 until the SRB can be manually capped and approved.  The below linked table is provided as a tool to help determine the maximum SRB payable under the $30k cap broken down by months of AOS.
SRB Submission Guidance
SRB requests must be submitted between 35-120 days prior to reenlistment date via FORMAN / OPINS or CIMS(NSIPS).An SRB request submitted greater than 120 days will not properly upload into OPINS and cannot be prescreened. Requests passing the prescreening process will normally be processed for approval approximately one week prior to re-enlistment.Once the request is approved, the command will be notified via message traffic. Any request failing to prescreen will be rejected and a message will be sent to the command. A best practice is to view the status of the request in BOL two to three workdays after submission.A valid request should reflect a pending SRB for the date requested, and the total award should match the expectations of the requestor.
35 Day Waiver Guidance
SRB requests must be submitted 35-120 days prior to the reenlistment date.  A waiver request should be viewed as a significant course of action and should be used in the rare case of Career Development Team oversight.  That oversight may include an unreasonable delay in routing, inadequate or incorrect career counseling to the member, SRB reductions and closures are not in themselves justification to waive the 35 day requirement.  There would need to be some other failure attributable to the command that prevented the member from acting reasonably to submit a request that could beat the reduction and still meet 35 days from the time of the original request.  35 Day Waiver Requests must include the following IAW the below linked Decision Memorandum:
  A CO endorsed request for a 35 Day Waiver on command letterhead
  A copy of any reenlistment request chits and any other supporting documentation to help   
  explain why the request could not be submitted on time
  An ISIC endorsement to the CO’s requestAn ISIC endorsement to the CO’s request

          35 Day Waiver Letter Example  

Forward complete 35 Day Waiver request to ETNCM(SW/AW) James Gale at INCENTIVE PAY and ensure the subject line states "35 Day Waiver Request ICO (MEMBER) FOR REENLISTMENT ON (DATE)". 


Selective Training and Reenlistment (STAR)

MILPERSMAN 1160-100 and Career School Listing (CSL) governs the STAR program.  The STAR program offers career designation to first term enlisted members who enlist or reenlist and thereby become eligible for the following career incentives:

  Guaranteed assignment to an appropriate Class “A” or “C” School (but not both).

  Possible advancement from Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) to Petty Officer Second Class  

  (PO2) upon completion of a Class “C” School, which is listed in the Career Schools Listing  


  Advancement to PO3 upon completion of Phase I of an Advanced Electronics Field (AEF)    

  Class “A” School under automatic advancement procedures for the AEF program.

  Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB), if eligible (not guaranteed).

  Opens SRB window to one year prior to EAOS.


To be eligibility for a STAR re-enlistment the enlisted member must be on their first enlistment, with more than 21 months active duty and less than 6 years active duty.  The member must also have no evaluation grade below 3.0 for 2 years prior to the submission date to BUPERS 328, no NJP for 18 months prior to the submission date, nor may not have been accepted for any commissioning programs.

STAR Submission Guidance

Submitted via OPINS or NSIPS (DO NOT USE the 1306 via BOL). If request is submitted via NSIPS, send evaluation data via separate correspondence (it does not transferred eval data into OPINS).  If CCC does not have access to OPINS, email the completed 1306/7 with the last three evaluation information filled in, last two PRTs annotated in the remarks, and Commanding Officer's signature to STAR Input POC at INCENTIVE PAY


The career schools listing, which establishes specific eligibility requirements for automatic advancement via the Selective Training and Reenlistment (STAR) program.  In keeping with the Navy's total force integration, these programs further the training of our high-quality Sailors and reward them for their valuable contributions.  This update supersedes all previous career schools listings.

Effective:  1 July 2020

Point of Contact for CSL:  HMCS Jason Marnne,

Point of Contact for STAR:  PSC Kisha Granger,


 Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP)

SDAP is a monthly incentive pay used to entice qualified personnel to accept designated assignments and to sustain adequate manning levels.


In order to qualify for SDAP, member must be assigned to and working in a valid billet via the Billet Based Distribution System.  The NEC/Billet must be authorized on the current SDAP Levels Chart.  The member must hold the NEC and be filling billet type in order to qualify for SDAP and be authorized by the Command Officer.  The CO's signature verifies the command is not exceeding Billet Authorized; member is working in a valid NEC/Billet type on the NAVADMIN, and holds the NEC (if paid based on NEC vice Billet Type).


Current SDAP Levels
Effective:  1 October 2020
OPNAVINST 1160.6 (series), the current SDAP NAVADMIN, and the SDAP Levels Chart governs the SDAP program.  SDAP Levels is directive in nature and applies to levels for both USN and FTS personnel.  Specific policy guidance associated with this plan, as well as assignments authorized to receive SDAP, are contained within.  Commands and servicing PSDs are responsible for administering all applicable changes to SDAP in accordance with referenced policy and Eligibility Chart.
SDAP Submission Guidance
Per NAVADMIN 139/18, PSDs may start the SDAP of a Sailor up to eight months retroactive to the date of the SDAP memo of the command.  SDAP requests that are greater than eight months must be submitted to BUPERS-328 via the Incentive Inbox or directly to the SDAP POC. The request also requires a letter signed by the Immediate Superior in Command of the command explaining why the SDAP of the member was not processed in a timely manner.  NOTE: BY DIRECTION SIGNATURES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.  Any request that exceeds eight months that does not have the ISIC endorsement letter or is signed by direction will be returned without any action taken.
Submitted via INCENTIVE PAY

 SDAP Pay Decision Logic Chart IAW NAVADMIN 139/18 Para. 6

The following OPNAV N130 process has been developed to establish the method for submitting request for SDAP changes. 

Point of Contact for SDAP:  PSC Kisha Granger, 

Point of Contact for SDAP Change Request: AWRCS Gary Bryant,


The Special Duty Assignment Pay Recertification is conducted annually to ensure commands are maintaining an accurate account of member’s eligibility for SDAP.


The recertification begins with release of NAVADMIN 192/20 and must be received by BUPERS 328 by 31 August.

NAVADMIN 192/20 

Effective:  07 July 2020 
The FY 2020 Annual Recertification of Special Duty Assignment Pay, as directed by NAVADMIN 192/20, has concluded. Delinquent commands that have had SDAP turned off effective 31 August 2020 for failing to recertify should take action as directed in NAVADMIN 192/20, paragraph 2, to complete the certification process and request SDAP be restored retroactively to 31 August 2020 


If prompted for CAC cert hit cancel and it should pull up file


Enlistment Bonuses (EB)  

OPNAVINST 1160.9 governs the EB Program.  Commander Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) will periodically release Program Messages offering various types of EBs to Sailors to incentivize enlistment.  These messages can be located on the CNRC Webpage.
FSC Great Lakes will initiate payment of EBs associated with successful completion of Basic Training upon graduation.  Enlistment Bonuses for Source Ratings should be paid by the servicing PSD associated with the A School.  If the member is detached from A School prior to payment, then the gaining command will need to take action to request processing and payment of the bonus.
The EBPFA is offered as an incentive to increase physical readiness upon reporting to RTC.  The PFA under consideration is the baseline PFA administered in the first week of training.  Not everyone who is offered EBPFA will earn it.  If the baseline PFA is passed, the bonus should be paid by Great Lakes upon graduation.  If the member was guaranteed an EBPFA bonus, yet remains unpaid, odds are quite high the member did not actually pass the baseline PFA at RTC.  If the member is insistent they passed, then the command shoud coordinate with their servicing PSD to contact the Bonus Section at FSC Great Lakes.  The Bonus Section staff can quickly validate whether the EBPFA was earned by revieiwing the baseline PFA data if they are provided the member’s full name and RTC division number.  The PFA under consideration is not documented in PRIMS.
If a member has not received payment for any other earned enlistment guarantee, then the command CPPA should submit the member’s DD Form 4 and applicable Annex to DD Form 4 to their servicing PSD via TOPS and request processing.  The servicing PSD will then be able to process the request using the authority and procedures outline in Military Pay Advisories (MPAs) 16-19 and 17-19.
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