YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy is cutting or eliminating re-enlistment bonuses for 31 different skill and experience combinations, according to a Navy Personnel Command memo released Wednesday.

Some cryptologists, intelligence specialists and electronics technicians are among those slated to receive either a smaller bonus or nothing at all for re-enlisting in their current job category, according to the memo. Bonus sizes within job categories vary both by specialty and zone, which is determined by time served in the Navy.

The move calls for 19 reductions and 12 eliminations of bonuses, while 105 skill and zone combinations remain unchanged, the memo said.

The reduced bonuses are a result of tougher competition to remain in the Navy, according to a Navy news release.

Selective re-enlistment bonuses are used to retain sailors with critical skills and tend to vary, depending on which jobs are undermanned.

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