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DEI's/Top Snipes

Become an elite member at the pinnacle of our rating.  DEIs enjoy Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP), Special Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP), and usually a more favorable sea/shore flow.  Reach out to your local DEI to get sponsored!!
The DEI course is now open for eligible E6 candidates.
Program requirements are outlined in OPNAVIST 9220.3 series and the latest NEC Manual.
Quality Top Snipes are always in demand.  Top Snipes are entitled to Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) and Special Duty Incentive Pay (SDIP) at the E8-E9 levels.
Top Snipes are also entitled to their choice of geographical location after completion of a Top Snipe tour.  Contact your Detailer today to discuss these options.



There are significant changes to My Navy Assignment and the process to how Sailors are selected for billets as advertised on My Navy Assignment. It is critical that you understand the new selection process. These changes are delineated in NAVADMIN 231/17.



​Tour ​Sea Shore
1st Tour  ​ 55 Months 36 Months
2nd Tour 60 Months ​36 Months
3rd Tour ​48 Months ​36 Months
4th Tour ​48 Months ​36 Months
5th Tour ​36 Months ​36 Months


Other topics

A secret security clearance is required for all special program assignments (sea and shore).
Overseas screening Letter of Intent (LOI) is no longer issued to sailors. Refer to NAVADMIN 088-18.
Spouse Collocation does not guarantee a specific geographic area.  Refer to MILPERSMAN 1300-1000 in verifying your eligibility.
Update your contact information on My Navy Assignment.  Updating your contact information will enable your Detailer to communicate more effectively with you while negotiating for orders.
Increased Distribution Authority guidance is discussed in NAVADMIN 058/14.
When leaving a phone message for your detailer, speak clearly and slowly, and don’t forget to leave a contact number.
Use your Career Counselors for assistance.  If there are questions they cannot answer, call your detailer.
We are a mobile force! The Navy needs flexible sailors to tackle unique challenges throughout the world.  Plan on moving and changing geographical locations during your career.
Please note that NAVADMIN 231/17 requires Detailers to fill requisitions with qualified Sailors, even if it is during a Sailor’s first window of negotiations.


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E5-E6 Detailer,

E1-E4 Detailer,

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