MAY 26, 2016, WASHINGTON (NNS) – Navy released updates to the Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) for eligible enlisted Sailors in NAVADMIN 120/16, May 25.
The SDAP program enhances the Navy’s ability to size, shape and stabilize the force by encouraging qualified Sailors to serve in designated Special Duty Assignments (SDAs) for a monetary incentive ranging from $75 to $450 a month.
Changes to the program update will redistribute SDAP resources to help ensure Navy’s priorities are being addressed.
The NAVADMIN includes additions to SDAP eligibility for: Afloat Training Group Instructions at level SD-1 ($75 per month); Navy Military Training Instructors at level SD-2 ($150 per month); and Nimitz class reactor department conventional Sailors at level SD-1 ($75 per month).
The update also increases SDAP for TACAMO E-6 Fight Engineers from SD-1($75 per month) to SD-2 ($150 per month), and reduces recruiters from SD-6 ($450 per month) to SD-5 ($375 per month). SDAP reductions will go into effect 60 days after the release of NAVADMIN 120/16. SDAP processing will be slowed while the decrease is input into the system.
In order to qualify for SDAP, Sailors must be assigned to and working in a valid SDA billet on the command’s current manning document, and certified by their commanding officer. For certification, a Sailor must hold the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) for any SDAs requiring an NEC, and have completed all qualifications for the billet — including Personal Qualification Standards and Under Instruction watches.
The current SDAP Eligibility List approved by the Bureau of Naval Personnel is available at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/enlistedcareeradmin/Pages/SRB.aspx/.
Annual recertification of each eligible command’s SDA billets is required to be complete by August 31. The NAVADMIN providing guidance for the recertification process will be released in the near future.
For more information, check with your Enlisted Community Manager, read the current SDAP NAVADMIN at http://www.npc.navy.mil/.