MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Oct. 21 is the last day for eligible service members whose enlistments were involuntarily extended or had to remain on active duty beyond approved retirement or separation date due to stop loss authority, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP).
The Department of Defense announced the implementation of 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.
Service members retained under stop loss are eligible to receive the benefit of one payment equal to $500 per month for each month, or any portion of a month, that the member was retained on active duty.
Exact eligibility dates vary among the services based on implementation of stop loss. Navy implemented stop loss authority for personnel with specific, critical skills during two periods: Oct. 10, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2002, and April 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 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.
According to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service web site, $349 million has been paid to more than 96,000 Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001, and September 30, 2009, due to Stop Loss authority and who filed a claim for the special pay prior to the date of expiration.
Claims are processed through the respective services personnel offices - for more information, go to http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0710_stoploss/.
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