ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has raised Selective Reenlistment Bonus award levels for select SEALs, Seabees, corpsmen and nuclear trained sailors.

The bonus is calculated by a formula that uses a sailor’s time in the Navy, an award multiplier, and the number of years for which a sailor agrees to re-enlist.

The most recent changes to award levels were announced in an Aug. 28 Navy Administrative Message, or NAVADMIN.

In total, sailors in active-duty 159 Navy Enlisted Classifications are eligible for higher award levels; sailors in 161 NECs will see a decrease in their award levels; and 311 award levels are staying the same, said Lt. Cmdr. William Marks in an e-mailed response to questions.

Some ratings, such as Seabees and corpsmen, will see both an increase and a decrease in award levels, depending on the Navy Enlisted Classification, said Marks, a spokesman for the Chief of Naval Personnel.

Sailors who now rate a lower bonus can still collect the higher award if they re-enlist by Sept. 30, he said.

"Changes to bonus amounts are the result of an intensive effort to provide the fleet with the right sailor at the right place and the right time," Marks said. "These highly skilled ratings are in great demand and SRBs are a market-driven incentive designed to encourage those sailors with the necessary skills and experience to stay Navy."

In one change, the Navy decided to lower award levels for some corpsmen and raised the levels for corpsmen with more experience, said Michael Fair, of Navy Personnel Command.

"In this way I can show sailors that the Navy needs more of a certain skill, and we will reward them financially for getting the advanced qualification we need," Fair said in comments e-mailed to Stars and Stripes.

Officials could not say by deadline Friday how many sailors are affected by the recently announced changes.

For a complete list of award levels, go to NAVADMIN 240/08 at:

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