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Department Head Retention Bonus

PERS-41 is now accepting applications for the new Department Head Retention Bonus (DHRB).  For those in YG12 and junior, DHRB will pay up to $105,000 for those Officers who screen first look for Department Head and sign a contract before the next year’s Department Head Screening board. 
  • Year Group 12 and junior
  • Qualified and serving as an active-duty SWO (1110/1117)
  • Completed at least one Division Officer tour, or be assigned to a fleet-up or single longer tour as approved by PERS-41
  • Administratively screened for DH afloat by the surface DH screening board
  • Agree to complete two afloat DH tours or a single longer DH tour as assigned by PERS-41
  • Be Sea Duty assignable as defined by BUMEDINST 1300.2
Application Period: 
  • Commences upon successful screening for SWO Department Head
  • Officers selected for Department Head must submit a contract prior to the convening of the next Department Head board in order to receive maximum compensation
Payment Schemes: 
          ***NEW***DHRB Payment Schemes - 01NOV19
OBLIGATION: Obligated service resulting from the DHRB will extend through YCS-11 anniversary.  In cases where completion of two DH tours or one single longer tour as assigned by PERS-41 extended beyond YCS-11, the Officer may not be released until their projected rotation date.

Application Process:
  • All applications require written endorsement from applicants Commander or Commanding Officer
  • Email a scanned copy of the signed original contract and COs endorsement to your Detailer.
DHRB Request Template
Preferred method for submission is to scan and email to us.  Send the email to your "Divo Detailer", not the 1st-Tour DH Detailer.  The detailers will ensure it is processed and will be able to view it in your record. 
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