Fellowships

Guest Post: The Fellowship-Retention Bonus “Loophole” Still Exists; Are You Eligible?

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By Dustin Schuett, DO

Note: The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense or the United States Government.

The 2018 Navy Graduate Medical Education Selection Board results were released 12 DEC 2018. For a select few Navy physicians pursuing fellowship, the opportunity exists to take a Retention Bonus (RB, formerly Multi-year Specialty Pay) and pay back their fellowship obligation and the RB obligation concurrently without extending their Navy commitment.

To be eligible, the physician must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be at 8 years or more of active duty time in the Medical Corps.
  2. Have completed all pre-commissioning obligation time:
    • All initially obligated HPSP/USUHS/HSCP time AND any ROTC or USNA obligated time
    • This does not include residency obligation time

Essentially, if you went to medical school on a 4 year HPSP scholarship, have completed or will have completed 4 or more years of combined GMO and post-residency payback time BEFORE starting fellowship and have 8 total years active duty Medical Corps time, you’re likely eligible.

Here is my personal example:

4 year HPSP > 1 year internship > 2 years as a GMO > 5 years of residency > 2 years post-residency staff time (4 total including GMO time) = 4 years of total payback completing HPSP obligation, 10 years in Medical Corps

As an orthopaedic surgeon, our annual Incentive Pay (IP) is $59,000. I was able to take a 3 year RB which increases my IP to $73,000 annually plus an additional $33,000 lump sum paid annually for a total of $106,000/year, a $47,000 increase per year without increasing my obligation time.

If you have questions about special pay, please follow the current BUMED guidance:

If there are any questions please direct them to your HRD/Admin/Special Pays Coordinator, or Specialty Leader, who will forward to BUMED inquiries they are unable answer at the command level, but no individuals should be bypassing their local command admin support, since they need to be able to understand the issues, and responses, to be able to better support the command.

For more information, see the Medical Corps Special Pay Guidance that can be found on the BUMED Special Pays website.

Good Luck!

2019 Navy Legislative Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended

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From Navy Office of Legislative Affairs

WASHIGNTON (NNS) — The deadline for submitting applications for the 2019 Navy Legislative Fellows Program has been extended to April 13, 2018.

The Legislative Fellows Program allows naval officers, senior enlisted and Department of the Navy civilians to broaden their understanding of the legislative process and the operation of the U.S. Congress through a year-long full-time assignment to the office of a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate.

For more information, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/ola/legislative_fellowship1.asp.

Navy Legislative Fellowship Call for Applications – O3-O5

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits applications for the 2019 Navy Legislative 
Fellows Program.  The Legislative Fellows Program allows naval officers, 
senior enlisted and Department of the Navy civilians to broaden their 
understanding of the legislative process and the operation of the U.S. 
Congress through a year-long full-time assignment to the office of a member 
of the House of Representatives or the Senate.  The Legislative Fellows 
Program also enhances the ability of the Navy to fulfill its role in the 
national policy development process.

2.  This is a highly competitive program.  Records must reflect sustained 
superior performance and potential for future assignments in critical 
billets.  Upon completion of the program, officers earn an additional 
legislative qualification designator.  Additionally, there is an opportunity 
to earn a legislative studies certificate through a sponsoring agency.

3.  Military Applicants.  Participation is open to all Active Duty and Full-
Time Support unrestricted line officers, restricted line officers, and staff 
corps officers in the permanent grades of O-3 through O-5.  Enlisted 
participation is open to all Navy occupational specialty codes in the 
permanent grades of E-7 through E-9.  The selection process will focus on 
individual performance, promotion potential, academic and subspecialty 
qualifications, needs of the Navy and availability for follow-on assignment.  
Officers with permanent change of station orders already issued will not be 
considered.
    a.  Applicants must be available for permanent change of station 
assignment to Washington, DC, from November 2018 through December 2019.  
During the fellowship, officers and senior enlisted Sailors will be assigned 
to the Office of Legislative Affairs for administrative purposes.  Upon 
execution of orders, fellows agree to serve for 3 years following completion 
or termination of the fellowship.  A follow-on utilization tour in 
legislative affairs is preferred (making career timing an important 
consideration), but depends on community-specific billet requirements, needed 
officer progression and availability of legislative assignments.  All officer 
applicants must contact their detailers for counseling on the career impact 
of participation in the Legislative Fellowship Program.
    b.  Submit applications via email to the Office of Legislative Affairs 
point of contact no later than 31 March 2018.  Program information and 
submission guidance is available on the Navy Legislative Affairs website at
http://www.navy.mil/local/ola/legislative_fellowship1.asp.
    c.  Points of contact are CDR Danielle Wooten, Navy Fellows
Program Manager, who can be reached at (703) 697-2885/DSN 227 or via e-mail 
at danielle.wooten(at)navy.mil, LCDR Ian Lopez, Graduate Education Placement, 
PERS-440, who can be reached at (901) 874-4056/DSN 882 or via email at 
ian.lopez(at)navy.mil or LCDR Kevin Yost who can be reached at (901) 874-
3996/DSN 882 or via e-mail at kevin.yost1(at)navy.mil.

4.  Civilian Applicants.  Senior civilian employees, GM/GS-13 and above or 
equivalent, interested in the Legislative Fellowship Program must contact 
their local civilian training officer for information on submission of 
applications for the 2019 program. Parent commands are responsible for all 
program costs.  Questions concerning Department of the Navy civilian 
participation should be directed to Ms. Janet Evans who can be reached at
(202) 685-6493/DSN 325 or via e-mail at janet.m.evans(at)navy.mil. A 
description of the program can be found at
https://portal.secnav.navy.mil/orgs/MRA/DONHR/Training/Pages/CHFP.aspx.

5.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first.

6.  Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//

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