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WASHINGTON — The Navy announced Friday that it is offering a new bonus program for those who sign up and qualify for a SEAL contract.

The new program, which became effective in February, offers up to $40,000 for those in the Naval Special Warfare/Naval Special Operations fields, according to Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs.

The maximum bonus for each program is:

SEAL: up to $40,000Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD): up to $30,000Diver: up to $25,000Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC): $18,000By law, only men can be SEALs.

There are two ways that a recruit can enter one of the NSW/NSO programs, according to the Navy Recruiting Command:

One is while the candidate is in the Delayed Entry Program and successfully passes the Physical Standard Test. He can then be guaranteed a SEAL contract before boot camp.

The second is by volunteering to take the SEAL Challenge during recruit training. Once basic training is completed, they begin the NSW/NSO training pipeline.

Candidates will begin receiving partial bonus payments during training, according to the news release.

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