ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is offering re-enlistment bonuses of up to $90,000 for sailors such as Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians and special warfare operators.

The move is one of several changes to the Navy’s Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program that were outlined in a recent Navywide message.

Sailors are paid the bonuses based on a formula that includes their time in the Navy and an award multiple to determine how much money they can get.

The increase in re-enlistment bonuses for EOD technicians and special warfare operators is meant to keep sailors with critical skills, said Master Chief John Siegel, technical adviser for the EOD rating.

In May, the Navy increased the maximum re-enlistment bonus for EOD technicians from $60,000 to $75,000.

Asked if fewer EOD technicians took the $75,000 re-enlistment bonus than the Navy had hoped, Siegel said the earlier increase allowed the Navy to retain “many of our highly sought-after EOD skilled sailors.”

“The increase to $90,000 is part of the Navy’s FY08 retention efforts and overall ‘Stay Navy’ campaign that will assist us in retaining the right mix of EOD skilled and motivated sailors crucial to our mission success today and future needs,” he said.

Re-enlistment bonuses also have been increased to up to $90,000 for some sailors qualified to serve on nuclear vessels and ratings deemed important to the war on terrorism, said Lt. Cheryl E. Aimes-Tillman, of Navy Personnel Command.

Overall, 184 ratings and Naval Enlisted Classifications saw increases in the re-enlistment bonuses under the recent changes, Aimes-Tillman said.

A rating is a job description, such as fire controlman; and a Navy Enlisted Classification is a skill-set within a rating.

The Navy has an online calculator that allows sailors to determine how much money they are eligible for if they re-enlist available at:

The Navy typically receives between 19,000 and 20,000 requests for re-enlistment bonuses per year, of which about 16,000 per year are granted, Aimes-Tillman said.

In another new change, sailors in the cryptological technician-maintenance rating are now eligible for a re-enlistment bonus for the first time.

Now such sailors with up to six years in the Navy can earn up to $75,000 to re-enlist for six years, said Master Chief Mark Stuart, technical adviser for the rating.

There have been discussions about disestablishing the rating, but Stuart would only say the community’s future is “currently under study.”

“The SRB [re-enlistment bonus] increase will provide rating/critical skills stabilization in support of fleet requirements,” Stuart said.

For more information, go to Navy Administrative Message 251/07 at:

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