Selective Reenlistment Bonuses (SRB)
OPNAVINST 1160.8B and NAVADMIN 129/19 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 or promulgated by memo. You can view the status of all SRB shutdowns promulgated by memo by viewing the SRB Shutdown Addendum linked below.
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.
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
NOTE: BY DIRECTION SIGNATURES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED ON WAIVER REQUESTS
Forward complete 35 Day Waiver request to ETNCM(SW/AW) James Gale at INCENTIVE PAY email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CAREER SCHOOL LISTING (CSL)
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.
Career School Listing (CSL)
Effective: 25 September 2019
Point of Contact for CSL: HMCS Jason Marnne, email@example.com
Point of Contact for STAR: PSC Kisha Granger, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 08 October 2019
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.
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.
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.
SDAP ANNUAL RECERTIFICATION
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.