WASHINGTON (NNS) -- To improve senior enlisted manning aboard submarines, the Navy announced adjustments to the Submarine Duty Incentive Pay (SUBPAY) in NAVADMIN 274/11, Sept. 21.
"The incentive pay will encourage senior enlisted submariners to return to sea in a department chief petty officer, senior enlisted advisor, or chief of the boat (command master chief) billet," said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director, military personnel plans and policy. "These SUBPAY adjustments, combined with a recent increase in required obligated service for Sailors taking SUBPAY on shore duty, will improve submarine senior enlisted at-sea manning by encouraging them to return to sea duty in these critical billets."
The pay adjustment targets senior enlisted submariners to remain in the Navy past 18 years of service. Beginning Oct. 1, SUBPAY for an E-8 over 18 years of service will go from $415 per month to $550 and for an E-9 over 18 years of service, pay will go from $425 to $600 per month.
While there has been high retention in most ratings there are still some ratings that need incentives in order to meet mission needs, according to Kurta. The Navy is specifically targeting only the most critical senior submarine supervisors with this change. These supervisors are vital to continued safe operations in the Submarine Force, Kurta said.
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