MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Personnel Command announced expansion of the Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) program June 25 in NAVADMIN 162/07, making more Sailors eligible for the extra pay.
The Navy originally introduced SDIP in March, which pays up to $750 per month extra, to give Sailors an incentive to extend their sea duty or shorten their shore tours and return to sea early.
"SDIP is a pilot program that incentivizes extensions and early return to sea, targeting certain grades and rates. We have received good results thus far," said Capt. Jim Romano, director of Enlisted Distribution Division, Navy Personnel Command. "In the process to improve this incentive, an SDIP NAVADMIN update will include additional rates and grades. Bottom line, we see it as a great tool."
The program originally included only six rates, among which, only Sailors with certain Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs) were eligible. NAVADMIN 162/07 adds four more rates.
The initial response from qualifying Sailors is good.
"I received the message while on recruiting duty," said Fire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Reginald J. Chambers, the first Sailor to receive SDIP who is now serving at sea aboard USS Ross (DDG 71). "When I saw how undermanned my NEC was at sea, I thought it would be a good chance for me to do my part for the Navy and help ease the burden for my fellow shipmates who were in need."
As the first SDIP recipient, Chambers' shipmates bring their SDIP questions to him.
"Most of them are amazed. It's like getting another enlistment bonus for a very short amount of time," he said. "Jump on it. It's a great incentive program."
For more information on SDIP, visit www.npc.navy.mil and read NAVADMIN 162/07.
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