More sailors now eligible for sea duty incentive pay
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy has expanded the number of ratings currently eligible for Sea Duty Incentive Pay, as announced in NAVADMIN 231/12, released July 30.
Sea Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) is offered to active-duty Sailors in pay grades E5 through E9 in communities that are undermanned at sea, and provides a monetary incentive for Sailors to extend their assignment at sea or curtail their shore duty to return to sea duty.
SDIP eligible skills are evaluated at least quarterly, and updates are made to provide skilled and qualified Sailors in the exact assignments needed in the Fleet.
Since its inception in 2007 Navy has made fourteen updates to the program, with both additions and deletions of eligible billets made at each update.
Since the beginning of this year, Navy has more than doubled the rating/paygrade/skillset cohorts eligible for SDIP.
"Our Force needs to be ready to meet today's mission and future requirements, and having Sailors with the right skills and experience in sea-going jobs is critical," said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director, military personnel plans and policy. "Sailors with critical skill sets are needed at sea now, and with SDIP we aim to provide a real benefit for Sailors who volunteer to take on these operational jobs."
SDIP offers two lump-sum incentives, SDIP-Extension (SDIP-E) and SDIP-Curtailment (SDIP-C). SDIP-E allows Sailors to voluntarily extend their sea duty assignment on a ship, submarine or aviation squadron. SDIP-C allows Sailors to voluntarily curtail their current shore duty assignment and return to sea duty early. The amount of the lump-sum payment is based on the length of the sea duty extension or shore duty curtailment, and ranges from $500 to $1000 per month.
Sailors must submit applications for SDIP to their rating detailer. Application procedures are contained in the NAVADMIN. Sailors applying for SDIP-E must submit applications at least 10-12 months prior to their current projected rotation date, and applications for SDIP-C must be submitted at least three months prior to the requested date of early departure.
Sailors and career counselors can learn more about SDIP and access the list of current eligible ratings, payment amounts, and policy guidelines by visiting http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/CAREER/PAYANDBENEFITS/Pages/sdip.aspx. Sailors are also encouraged to speak with their command career counselor or command leadership team to learn more about the benefits of SDIP.