Naval Special Warfare Enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer Critical Skills Retention Bonus. “A dip in retention at the mature end of the SOF lifecycle means unrecoverable experience and lost skills” ADM E. Olson. NSW CSRB 2011.
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Naval Special Warfare Enlisted and Chief Warrant OfficerCritical Skills Retention Bonus
“A dip in retention at the mature end of the SOF lifecycle means unrecoverable experience and lost skills” ADM E. Olson
BLUF: In order to shape the Naval Special Warfare force, an adjustment to the Critical Skills Retention Bonus was needed. Because the SO and SB communities require different force shaping requirements, the business rules of the new NSW CSRB will specifically target each rate to best meet the needs of the NSW Community.
In December 2004, the Navy instituted the SOCOM Enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer Critical Skills Retention Bonus (CSRB) program. This initiative specifically targets warrant officers and enlisted between 19 and 25 years of service (YOS) and is intended to sustain the health of the NSW community.
Pre CSRB Post CSRB
Year of Service
Year of Service
The CSRB has had a DIRECT POSITIVE IMPACT on retaining our retirement eligible SEAL and SWCC operators
Directed FY13+ growth at apprentice level must be offset by strong retention
Existing CSRB has helped to fill the 20-25 YOS requirement
Shortfalls in YOS 14-19 require 90% retention
Need to increase SO incentive to stay past 25 YOS to meet demand for experience
The CSRB offered in 2005 does not fully support the needs of the NSW Operator or the needs of the NSW community. Restructuring the Senior Enlisted and CWO NSW CSRB was enabled by a change in US law, allowing CSRB to be paid past 25 years of active service.
Payout Reference Table
Number of Years Contracted
Years of Service at Signing
* only E-8(select) and above are eligible for PHASE II
†only E-9(select) and above are eligible for PHASE III
SBC who wishes to reenlist for 3 years for $48k
SBC on a 3 yr $45k contract promotes to SBCS and wants to maximize CSRB
SOCS on an existing $150k contract and wants to maximize CSRB
SOCS who wishes to reenlist for 7 years and maximize the CSRB
SOCM on a $150 contract who wants to reenlist for maximum new CSRB
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