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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy’s new incentive program to pay sailors for accepting hard-to-fill assignments has proved so popular that officials could expand it to include other duty stations.

Right now, only three duty assignments — Misawa Naval Air Facility in Japan, and naval air stations at Naples and Sigonella in Italy — offer sailors a chance to earn between $1,800 to $5,400 more a year under the Navy’s pilot Assignment Incentive Pay, or AIP, program.

With the results of the first two requisition cycles, career counselors are looking to expand the program to other duty stations on Guam, Cuba and South Korea, said Tom Tilt, a personnel analyst for office of the Chief of Naval Personnel.

“We are pleasantly surprised that it’s going this well,” Tilt said. “We had no idea, since we were breaking new ground. We didn’t know whether there would be any interest … given the fact that they no longer would be getting sea duty credit.”

The program, which started June 23, lets sailors “bid” for jobs openings at duty stations no longer carrying “sea duty” distinctions.

Sailors must rotate between shore duty and sea duty assignments, with sea duty accomplished by setting sail for typically six-month deployments. Some shore duty stations, however, are designated as sea duty, giving sailors the option to take on those duties instead of going to sea.

In the incentive program, the duty stations are reclassified as shore duty, and sailors are given extra money to accept those assignments.

Bidding is done by logging on to the Super Job Advertising and Selection System, or Super JASS, at: www.bupers.navy.mil/jass/ or https://www.jass.navy.mil/jass/servlet/index.

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