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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has increased re-enlistment bonuses for some sailors qualified to work on nuclear reactors and others whose jobs are deemed important to the war on terrorism.

In one instance, the maximum bonus for submarine technicians with between 17 months and 10 years of service has been increased from $60,000 to $75,000, said Chief Scott McCann, manager for the Navy’s Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program.

In other changes, the maximum bonus for SEAL boat operators with between six and 10 years experience has been raised from $45,000 to $60,000, McCann said.

The award multiple for SEAL boat operators has also been raised, meaning an E-5 should see get about $3,400 more to re-enlist for three years, he said.

The most recent changes in the bonus program were announced in a Nov. 22 NAVADMIN (Navy Administrative Message). For a complete list of changes, see NAVADMIN 330/06 at

McCann did not know how many sailors were eligible for the bonuses, but he said the Navy hopes to retain 16,000 sailors through the program.

To receive the bonus, sailors must re-enlist for a minimum of three years, McCann said Tuesday.

How much money sailors receive is based on their time in the Navy and a formula that uses an award multiple to come up with a dollar amount based on how many months sailors opt to re-enlist for, he said.

For example, the award multiple for submarine weapons mechanics and auxiliary mechanics increased by 0.5, meaning an E-4 with just over three years experience can receive about $29,000 — an increase of $3,400 — to re-enlist for four years, McCann said.

Bonuses went down for some nuclear-trained sailors, including surface engineering laboratory technicians, because those rates are at or exceed their manning needs, he said.

The SRB program offers bonuses to enlisted sailors in certain rates based on the Navy’s manning needs, McCann said.

The bonuses are paid half upfront minus taxes and the other half in annual installments, McCann said.

Sailors who re-enlist in combat zones can receive their bonuses tax-free, he said.

Likewise, sailors who re-enlist in the same month they head into combat zones will have any taxes paid on their re-enlistment bonus refunded, McCann said.

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