Navy works to finalize extended deployment pay plan

WAVY/Kenny Becker

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – 10 on your side has learned new information about a plan to pay sailors more for longer deployments.

The new norm means sailors are out to sea longer than six months. Navy leaders are working on a plan to pay fleet sailors an additional $500 to $1,000 for those longer cruises.

Navy personnel officials told 10 on your side the latest draft plan includes the following:

  • The pay kicks in after you’ve been deployed for 190 straight days.
  • Sailors will get about $250 for every month they’re deployed beyond that.
  • The pay will not be prorated: Sailors will get their first full month’s worth of cash on Day 191, another payout on Day 221, and so on.

When asked where the money would come from, those officials said it will depend on the final plan but that the amount of money will be a small price to pay compared with bonuses or recruiting stipends they might need to keep sailors because of the longer deployment schedule.

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