Navy Nuclear Officer Bonuses


Navy officers selected for officer naval nuclear power training, for duty in connection with the supervision, operation, and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants may be paid a bonus upon selection for training, graduation from training, and each year thereafter. This is known as Nuclear Officer Bonus and Incentive Pay (NOBIP).

There are several types of NOBIP.

Nuclear Accession Bonus Program

An accession bonus of up to $15,000 is paid to officers selected for nuclear propulsion training. Upon successful completion of the nuclear propulsion training program, officers receive a bonus of $2,000. If they don't complete the program, the bonus must be repaid.

Nuclear Officer Continuation Bonus (COBO)

Unrestricted line officers with less than 12 years active duty serving in a qualified nuclear billet are authorized up to $35,000 annually when they agree to an additional 2 - 4 years active duty, or $40,000 when they commit to an additional 6 - 7 years active duty. Those with more than 12 years who commit to at least another 6 years are eligible for a $45,000 bonus.

Nuclear Officer Incentive Pay (NOIP)

The special incentive pay for officers in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program is NOIP.

Nuclear Officer Annual Incentive Pay (AIP)

AIP is paid annually to nuclear-qualified officers who have completed their initial service requirement, including all nuclear-trained and nuclear-qualified limited duty officers (LDO) and chief warrant officers (CWO), who remain on active duty for a specified period. Only officers in pay grades W-2 through W-5 and O-1 through O-6 are eligible for this bonus.

Those receiving COBO are not eligible for AIP. Rates range from $10,000 - $22,000 annually based on rank, command duties, and years of service.

Shift Engineer Incentive Pay (SEIP)

SEIP is a monthly incentive pay for officers who are receiving COBO or AIP. The rate is $500 per month.

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