ARLINGTON, Va. — In 2004, the Navy started offering bonuses to entice highly qualified specialists on nuclear submarines and surface ships to re-enlist.

One year later, fewer sailors than hoped for took the cash and the Navy is offering more money, Navy officials said.

As of Aug. 1,114 sailors took the bonuses under the Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay program, fewer than the Navy had hoped to retain, Chief of Navy Personnel Sharon Anderson wrote in an e-mail Friday.

“Although this number is less than our fiscal-year-to-date goal, the overall response has been very positive. Adjustments were made for specific, targeted cohorts that have yet to achieve the desired level of performance, in an effort to meet our retention goals,” Anderson wrote.

Asked what the Navy’s fiscal- year-to-date goal was, Anderson wrote: “There is no overall goal. Each cohort (group of sailors) has a goal and the ESRP is used to influence that cohort’s behavior.”

The Navy is changing the formula for bonuses to give personnel with critical skills more money, said Lt. Dave Simprini, assistant nuclear enlisted community manager.

The program is available to personnel with between 10 and 16 years of service who hold a supervisory Navy Enlisted Classification Code, Simprini wrote.

Under the old bonus formula, an E-6 Nuclear Machinist Mate Supervisor on a submarine with just over 10 years’ experience would get about $70,000 to re-enlist for four more years, Simprini wrote in an e-mail Friday.

The new bonus formula would give that same machinist a bonus of roughly $75,000, Simprini wrote.

Sailors who take the bonuses are ineligible for the Selective Re-enlistment Bonus.

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