special pays

Special Pay Details and Request Templates

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The BUMED Special Pays site has been updated and now says this:

2 Dec 16: The FY17 NAVADMIN (262/17) was released on 1Dec16.  The attached FY17 Pay Plans are below, and explain the conversion and eligibility for the new Consolidated Special Pays.  All requests must be endorsed and emailed to the below email address along with any questions.

usn.ncr.bumedfchva.mbx.specialpays-bumed@mail.mil

In addition, here are some templates one of the officers in my community got from BUMED yesterday:

Board Certified Pay Request

Board Certified Pay CO Endorsement

Incentive Pay Request

Incentive Pay Request – CO Endorsement

 

Special Pays NAVADMIN Released

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I don’t have the amounts of the special pays, but the NAVADMIN has been released:

UNCLASSIFIED
ROUTINE
R 012113Z DEC 16
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
TO NAVADMIN
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
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UNCLAS
PASS TO OFFICE CODES:
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//

NAVADMIN 262/16

MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/DEC//

SUBJ/FY-17 MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OFFICER SPECIAL PAYS FOR ACTIVE DUTY//

REF/A/LTR/ASD/27SEP16/NOTAL//
REF/B/DOC/DOD/30DEC15//
REF/C/DOC/USC/28JAN08//
REF/D/DOC/OPNAV/28DEC05//
NARR/REF A IS A MEMO FROM ASD, HEALTH PROFESSIONS OFFICER SPECIAL AND
INCENTIVE PAY PLAN. REF B IS DODI 6000.13, ACCESSION AND RETENTION POLICIES,
PROGRAMS, AND INCENTIVES FOR MILITARY HEALTH PROFESSIONS OFFICERS (HPOs).
REF C IS SECTION 335 OF TITLE 37, U.S. CODE SPECIAL BONUS AND INCENTIVE PAY
AUTHORITIES FOR OFFICERS IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS. REF D IS OPNAVINST 7220.17,
SPECIAL PAYS FOR MEDICAL CORPS, DENTAL CORPS, MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS, AND
NURSE CORPS OFFICERS.//

RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces implementation of the Consolidated Special
Pays for Navy Medical Special and Incentive Pays effective for FY-17 in line
with references (a) through (d).

2. Submission for FY-17 special pays may begin upon release of this NAVADMIN
in conformity with reference (d) and specific FY-17 special pay guidance.
Officers will have 30 days from the release date of this NAVADMIN to submit
requests for special pays. Officers must meet the eligibility outlined in
the applicable FY-17 special pay guidance.

3. All Navy medicine department officers receiving Medical Special and
Incentive Pays will transition from Legacy Special Pays to the Consolidated
Special Pays during FY-17. Specific special pays implementation guidance,
administrative procedures, and the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Special Pays point of contact information is available at
http://www.med.navy.mil/bumed/Special_Pay/Pages/default.aspx. If not a
member of Navy Medicine, common access card (CAC) users will need to register
their CAC, upon first access to the site. For non-CAC users, please send
email to usn.ncr.bumedfchva.mbx.specialpays- bumed@mail.mil. All personnel
eligible for Medical Department Officer Special Pays are strongly encouraged
to review their specific guidance located at the aforementioned link.

4. This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.

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

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UNCLASSIFIED//

 

Summary of Specialty Leader Business Meeting

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Here is a brief summary of last week’s Specialty Leader Business Meeting that is always held in conjunction with the Graduate Medical Education Selection Board:

  • Current interim Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) need to formally apply to the next screening board in summer 2017. I would STRONGLY encourage other people to apply as well because it is a screened/appointed leadership position that allows you to remain clinically active and that I also think will lead to promotion to O6 if done successfully.
  • Announcements for nominative positions often come out with very little time until the nominations are due.  They all require your CV, BIO, Letter of Intent (LOI), Officer Summary Record (OSR), and Performance Summary Record (PSR).  It is best if you have these ready to go due to the often short timeline.  I will tell you that I update my CV and military biography monthly and have multiple LOI templates at the ready at all times, so I practice what I preach.  Your OSR/PSR can downloaded from BUPERS On-Line anytime, so that requires no prep (assuming BOL is working).
  • Current overall Medical Corps manning is 103.4%.  This is of no real use to you but is simply an interesting fact/statistic.  It does, perhaps, limit our promotion opportunity a lit bit, but…
  • The Medical Corps promotion opportunities for FY18 are expected to be higher than they have been in recent years.  You never know the actual percentage until the board has concluded, but this is certainly good news.
  • As of now, there is no change in the conference approval process.  Sorry.
  • The Career Intermission Program (CIP) has been extended until 2019.  This program allows you to take up to 3 years off from the Navy to do something else, hit the pause button on progression toward promotion, and then return afterward.  You have a 2:1 additional commitment for any time off.  In other words, if you take 2 years off you’ll owe 4 years when you return.  Some people have tried to use the CIP to do fellowships on their own, but that is not the intent of the program and requests for CIP to do a fellowship will be closely scrutinized by BUMED before approval.  Info on the program can be found here or you can contact your Detailer.
  • There is no special pays update.  They are still awaiting the NAVADMIN.  The latest can always be found here:

http://www.med.navy.mil/bumed/Special_Pay/Pages/default.aspx

Special Pays NAVADMIN Update

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There are many officers eagerly awaiting the FY17 special pays NAVADMIN.  The latest word is the following:

  • BUMED is still awaiting the NAVADMIN.
  • The earliest we can expect it is the week of Thanksgiving.

I’ll provide more information as it becomes available, but updates are usually posted at the top of the BUMED Special Pays Website.

Hardship Duty Pay-Tempo Reauthorized for Sailors

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WASHINGTON (NNS) — Today, the Navy announced a reauthorization of Hardship Duty Pay – Tempo (HDP-T) to help compensate Sailors for extended deployments and longer periods away from their homeport of more than 220 consecutive days.

The Department of the Navy’s HDP-T reauthorization proposal was approved by the Department of Defense for one year through Sept. 30, 2017. The pay was first authorized in Sept. 2014, for a two year period.

“The Navy is in high demand and is present where and when it matters,” said Vice Adm. Robert Burke, Chief of Naval Personnel. “Hardship Duty Pay – Tempo is designed to compensate Sailors for the important roles they continue to play in keeping our nation safe during extended deployments around the globe.”

Sailors will receive HDP-T on a prorated basis of $16.50 per day, not to exceed a monthly rate of $495, when they are operationally deployed beyond 220 consecutive days. There will be no differentiation in rates of HDP-T by paygrade or Active/Reserve Component status.

Consolidated Special Pays Presentation on MilSuite

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BUMED has posted a video of Mr. William Marin from BUMED Special Pays discussing the new consolidated special pays.  The slide deck is here:

Conversion to Consolidated Special Pays Brief – AUG 2016

The link to the video on MilSuite is here:

https://www.milsuite.mil/video/watch/newvideo/13448

You have to be registered on MilSuite to view it.

Consolidated Special Pays

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I recently attended a brief where we were given an update on the upcoming change in how we receive our special pays.  This new plan is called “Consolidated Special Pays” or “CSP”.  Many of the details of the new plan are not finalized or available yet, but here are the highlights:

  • All of the different special pays we received will be consolidated into three pays:
    • Incentive Pay (IP) – This will replace Variable Special Pay (VSP), Additional Special Pay (ASP), and Incentive Special Pay (ISP).  Currently ASP and ISP are paid in lump sums, but the IP will be paid monthly.
    • Retention Bonus (RB) – This will replace Multiyear Special Pay (MSP) but will continue to be paid as a lump sum.
    • Board Certification Pay (BCP) – This will change to a flat annual total of $6K instead of varying based on how long you’ve been in the Navy.  It will be paid monthly.
  • The current plan, always subject to change, is for everyone to convert to the CSP in FY17.  Officers under an existing agreement (such as a MSP contract) will be allowed to remain under that agreement for the duration of agreement.
  • The Navy is still working out the details and the answers to detailed questions may not be available.  Because of this you won’t find any details yet on the BUMED Special Pays page.  Despite this, they have been briefing these changes for a while at AMDOC and in other settings, so I think it is important to get the word out even if all the details have not been worked out.