WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense announced Oct. 21 the implementation of plans to issue retroactive stop loss special pay to compensate active duty, Reserve component, former and retired service members who, at any time between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, served on active duty and had their enlistment or period of obligated service involuntarily extended.
Navy estimates 250 personnel are eligible to receive the benefit and are entitled to one payment equal to $500 per month for each month, or any portion of a month, that the member was retained on active duty.
Between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, Navy implemented stop loss authority for personnel with specific, critical skills during two periods: Oct. 10, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2002, and Apr. 3, 2003, to Sept. 15, 2003.
Sailors with ratings and designators in approximately 10 areas of expertise, in addition to certain language skills, were identified and included corpsmen, master-at-arms, special warfare and cryptologic technicians.
Personnel with the critical skills identified during those two periods of stop loss and as a result were required to remain on active duty beyond approved retirement or separation dates, may be eligible for stop loss compensation and are encouraged to apply for the benefit. All applicants must provide documentation that they were "stop lossed" during one of these two periods.
In accordance with the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act, applications must be submitted no later than Oct. 21, 2010. Services are not authorized to make payment on applications submitted after that date.
MILPERSMAN 7220-410 will be released shortly and will provide additional details regarding the application process, including the supporting documentation required.
For additional questions, contact the Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC or visit www.npc.navy.mil.
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