ARLINGTON, Va. — About 1,300 sailors will see a change in the extra money they take home each month to perform critical skills, a Navy official said Monday.

About 26,000 sailors are eligible for extra pay to perform high-demand jobs under the Navy’s Special Duty Assignment Pay program, said Senior Chief Scott A. Rossiter in an e-mail.

Some of the sailors getting more money already have jobs that the Navy has deemed in high demand, while others are eligible for the money if they qualify for such jobs.

Rossiter said the Navy offers six levels of special duty pay per month: SD-1-$75; SD-2-$150; SD-3-$225; SD-4-$300; SD-5-$375; S-6-$450.

“The pay is used to attract sailors to the Navy’s most demanding jobs to sustain adequate manning levels,” said Rossiter, of the Navy Personnel Command Enlisted Community Manager Branch.

According to Navy administrative announcement 004/06, sailors in the following jobs will receive an extra $75 per month: explosive ordnance technicians, Strategic Weapons Development Group SEAL operators; Landing Craft, Air Cushion personnel; and submarine assistant navigators.

The announcement says 1st and 2nd Class Divers would take home an extra $150 per month.

Under the changes, the following sailors are now eligible: submarine squadron assistant navigators, underwater construction team master divers, mobile utilities equipment technicians, and private quarters culinary specialists, officer in charge.

The Navy has also decided to reduce the extra pay for saturation divers, Rossiter said.

“Saturation Divers pay was reduced from SD-4-$300 to SD-3-$225,” he said. “They will continue to receive the higher level until 1 April ’06.”

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