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Mideast edition, Thursday, May 24, 2007

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has increased re-enlistment bonuses for basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians.

The move is part of the most recent changes to the Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program. The bonuses are paid based on a formula that includes an award multiple and sailors’ time in the service to come up with a dollar amount.

In one change, the Navy has raised the maximum amount that some EOD sailors can receive from $60,000 to $75,000, said Chief Scott McCann, manager for the Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program.

The Navy also increased award multiples for EOD technicians in Navy Enlisted Classification 5535, McCann said.

Under the changes, an E-4 sailor in that NEC with just over three years’ experience can now earn a bonus of $50,800 to re-enlist for three years, an increase of about $5,000, McCann said.

The changes would also allow an E-5 sailor in that NEC with just over six years’ experience to collect a re-enlistment bonus of about $55,700 for three years, an increase of $3,485, he said.

In other changes, the Navy has expanded the pool of fire controlmen who are eligible for the bonus program to include sailors in the following NECs: 1107, 1115, 1157, 1326, 1625 and 1628, McCann said.

Sailors in those NECs now rate a re-enlistment bonus with a high award multiple, he said.

Under the change, an E-4 sailor with more than three years of service who is a fire controlman and an Aegis radar systems technician can earn up to $28,246.50 to re-enlist for three years, McCann said.

The Navy has also decided that aviation warfare systems operators with up to six years’ experience can now collect a Selective Re-enlistment Bonus, McCann said.

Under the change, an E-4 sailor in that rating with up to six years’ experience can earn a $14,800 re-enlistment bonus for three years, he said.

In total, the Navy increased 78 bonuses and added 14 new ones for sailors with up to six years’ experience; increased 27 bonuses and added 11 new ones for sailors with up to 10 years’ experience; and increased 13 bonuses and added 12 new ones for sailors with up to 14 years’ experience, McCann said.

To see the most recent changes in all bonuses offered, go to NAVADMIN (Navy Administrative Message) 125/07, available at: www.npc.navy.mil

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