NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — The Navy is giving an early holiday gift to sailors in hard-to-fill jobs who re-enlist.

The Navy has released an updated list of bonuses for sailors in jobs that the service needs the most — the first revision of the Navy’s Selective Reenlistment Bonus in more than a year.

Fifty-four job ratings and Navy Enlisted Classifications have been added to the list, according to Lt. Jim LeViness, a spokesman for the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn. Fifty-five ratings have been dropped from the list and are no longer eligible for more money. Nearly 200 job classifications are on the bonus list.

Nuclear-trained sailors can get the biggest bonus for re-enlisting.

Those with at least six years of service but no more than 10 can get as much as $65,000. Sailors eligible for the Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay can get even more — $100,000 — if they meet the requirements.

The Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay program is separate from the Selective Reenlistment Bonus and is designed to keep senior enlisted supervisors in critical jobs. Those who accept the supervisor bonus are not eligible for the Selective Re-enlistment Bonus.

Cryptologic technicians, hospital corpsmen and fire controlmen are also on the revised list. A second-class petty officer trained as a cryptologic technician and with four years of service would get $45,000 if he or she re-enlists for a six-year term. For three years, the bonus drops to a little more than $31,000.

A third-class petty officer classified as a fire controlman and with three years of service would get more than $40,000 for signing up for six years. He or she would get about $19,000 for re-enlisting for three years.

The Selective Reenlistment Bonus is a program that helps the Navy keep sailors in job ratings or Navy Enlisted Classification codes that are difficult to fill. Sailors must have served at least 21 months and be eligible to re-enlist in the Navy three or more years.

Sailor bonuses are calculated by a formula that includes such factors as time in service, pay grade and the length of the re-enlistment.

Award increases became effective Nov. 15, while decreased award levels will become effective Dec. 15, according to a Navy message.

Future Selective Reenlistment Bonus lists are to be adjusted more frequently so the Navy can continue to keep sailors in critical jobs, the message said.

Navy announcements on The Selective Re-enlistment Bonus and Enlisted Supervisor Retention Pay Program can be found at: A Selective Reenlistment Bonus Calculator can be found at:

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