Selective Reenlistment Bonus Policy Changes Announced

Story Number: NNS090109-05Release Date: 1/9/2009 1:37:00 PM
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By Sharon Anderson, Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Sailors will have the opportunity to reenlist with a Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) up to 90 days before the expiration of their active obligated service (EAOS) under new policy set forth in NAVADMIN 006/09 released Jan. 9.

Sailors may have less than 90 days to reenlist for the bonus to keep the SRB reenlistment in the same fiscal year.

"Under old policy, a Sailor could reenlist anytime in the same fiscal year as their EAOS," explained Jeri Busch, head, military pay and compensation policy branch for the chief of naval personnel. Sailors need to carefully read NAVADMIN 006/09 to understand the many rule changes and exceptions and how this policy will affect any possible SRB awarded for reenlisting.

"By reducing the time frame for SRB reenlistment the Navy can better project and manage end strength while continuing to provide incentive to Sailors with critical skills and valuable experience to stay Navy," said Busch.

The policy change is part of an overall effort to stabilize the force at about 329,000 active duty Sailors by the end of this fiscal year.

SRB is a targeted market-based incentive which allows enlisted community managers to strategically adjust award levels as retention needs dictate.

Any Sailor whose request to reenlist has been received by PERS-8 before the release of NAVADMIN 006/09 will have their reenlistment processed under the old policy. Reenlistment requests received by PERS-8 after the NAVADMIN's release will fall under the new policy.

Selected NECs will be allowed to reenlist anytime in the fiscal year and are listed in the NAVADMIN. Future changes to the list will be released via NAVADMIN.

Some other requirements under the new policy include:
* All SRB reenlistment requests must to be submitted 35-120 days prior to the requested reenlistment date.

* SRB requests submitted less than 35 days in advance of the requested date of reenlistment may be rejected.

* Sailors who are eligible for combat zone tax exclusion (CZTE) and have an EAOS that falls in the most current fiscal year are authorized to reenlist anytime within the fiscal year. These Sailors along with command career counselors must annotate in the remarks section of the pre-certification request whether they are currently CZTE eligible.

All Sailors are encouraged to read the complete NAVADMIN and the frequently asked questions available at to understand how the policy changes will affect them.

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Sailors recite the oath of enlistment during a mass reenlistment ceremony for 117 Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
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