O. Policy An officer may not receive a special pay under both subchapter I (legacy special pay plan) and subchapter II (consolidated special pay plan) of chapter 5 of title 37, U.S.C. for the same activity, skill, or period of service. A General Dentist being paid under the CSPP who completes a dental residency and is assigned a Dental Subspecialty other than General Dentistry can convert to the LSPP if the General Dentist becomes eligible for BCP or DOMRB for a dental specialty. Special Pays under the CSPP must be terminated and the special pays under the LSPP renegotiated. For officers under a General Dentist Retention Bonus (RB), it will be terminated and possible recoupment of unearned portion will occur. Once on LSPP, Dental Officer Multiyear Retention Bonus (DOMRB) payment requires an officer to meet DOMRB eligibility criteria. If a current training obligation exists, the DOMRB obligation will be consecutive with the existing training obligation. Before converting from CSPP to the LSPP, the officer should ensure it is financially advantageous. Once converted to LSPP, the officer will not be allowed to convert back to the CSPP until all DC specialties are mandated to convert to the CSPP for Specialists. To initiate the conversion the officer must submit a Terminate and Renegotiate of the General Dentist IP and start the new LSPP.
Be a graduate of an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited school(s) of dentistry and possess a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree.
b. Be fully qualified to hold a commission in the Active Component of the Navy Dental Corps as a General Dentist.
c. Have a current, valid, unrestricted license or approved waiver.
d. Execute a written agreement to accept a commission as a Navy dental officer to serve on active duty for a period of not less than 4 consecutive years. An individual who holds an appointment as a dental officer in either the Active or Reserve Component is not eligible for AB. A former Dental Corps officer who no longer holds a commission and is otherwise qualified and eligible must have been discharged from any uniformed service at least 24 months prior to executing the written agreement to receive AB.
e. At the time of commissioning, have completed all, mandatory service obligations if financial assistance was received from the DoD in order to pursue a course of study as a dentist. This includes, but is not limited to, participants and former participants of the Reserve Officers Training Corps, Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, Financial Assistance Program, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the United States Naval Academy.
2. AB Amounts. General Dentists are considered a critically short wartime specialty pursuant to section 335(a)(2) of title 37 U.S.C. General Dentists who meet the conditions set forth in subparagraphs P.1.a through P.1.e of this plan are eligible for an AB payable for written agreements in the amount in Table 1.
Table 1. Annual AB Pay
Dollar Amount per Year for a:
3. Service Obligations. During the discharge of the service obligation associated with AB, individuals are eligible for IP. Any IP service obligation shall be served concurrently with the AB obligation. During the discharge of the service obligation associated with AB, individuals are not eligible for a Retention bonus (RB).
4. Authorized AB. Upon acceptance of the written Agreement described in chapter 3, section 5, Command PSDs are directed to pay AB to an eligible individual in the amount in Table 1 for a 4-year obligation. Eligible individuals who sign a written agreement to serve on active duty or in an active status in exchange for receiving AB are authorized to receive AB. Once agreement is entered into, General Dentists are only authorized to enter other special pay agreements under consolidation of special pays as defined in section 335 of title 37, U.S.C.
Q. INCENTIVE PAY (IP) 1. Eligibility. A General Dentist is eligible for IP if he or she:
a. Is serving on active duty as a General Dentist.
b. Executes a written agreement to remain on active duty beginning on the date the contract is executed.
(1) Active duty - for a period of 1 year.
(2) Reserve Component - for a period of mobilization or active duty for special work exceeding 30 days. Active duty must not be for training only.
c. Possesses an unrestricted license or approved waiver and must be credentialed and privileged at a military treatment facility and practicing as a General Dentist. General Dentists assigned to positions requiring a substantial portion of time performing military-unique duties under adverse conditions, or in remote locations outside the United States, or that preclude the ability to spend appropriate time in a clinical setting may submit a request for a waiver of requirement for privileging and practicing to BUMED M1. Request must be submitted prior to execution of IP agreement.
d. Not earlier than 90 days from completion of qualifying training. Qualifying training for General Dentists is graduation from dental school.
e. General dentists newly accessed or reaccessed to active duty are only eligible for the new CSP.
2. Monthly Payments. Monthly IP payments may not exceed the amount in Table 2 and as further explained in section U of this plan.
Table 2. Annual IP Pay
Total IP, Fully Qualified
(Paid in the monthly amount of $1,666.66)
3. Not Under RB Agreement. A General Dentist who is eligible for but not under an existing RB agreement and who is no longer obligated under a previous IP agreement may enter into a new IP agreement at the rate in Table 2. IP agreements must be for 1 year unless aligned with a Retention Bonus.
4. Under RB Agreement. General Dentists who enter a RB contract will also enter an IP contract at the amount in Table 2 for the duration of the RB agreement. Any renegotiation of either the RB or IP shall require signing a new RB contract (at the annual rate in effect at the time the new contract is signed) with an equal or longer obligation.
S. RETENTION BONUS
1. Eligibility. To be eligible for RB, a General Dentist must:
a. Be below the grade of O-7.
b. Have completed either:
(1) Initial active duty service commitment incurred for dental education, training, or obligation for accession bonus; or
(2) The active duty service obligation (ADSO) for AB. An individual eligible for AB may decline the AB and accept the RB, provided member has not already received payment of the AB.
c. Have completed General Dentist qualification prior to the beginning of the fiscal year during which a written agreement is executed.
d. Have executed a written agreement, accepted by the Secretary of the Navy, to remain on active duty as a dental officer for 2, 3, or 4 years.
e. Possesses an unrestricted license or approved waiver and must be credentialed and privileged at a military treatment facility and practicing as a General Dentist. Also approved, RB payments to General Dentists assigned to positions requiring a substantial portion of time performing military-unique duties under adverse conditions or in remote locations outside the United States, or that preclude the ability to spend appropriate time in a clinical setting.
2. Prior Multiyear Pay (MP) or RB. A General Dentist with an existing MP contract pursuant to chapter 37, section 301e of title 37, or with an RB contract as authorized in this instruction, may request termination of that contract to enter into a new RB contract with an equal or longer obligation at the RB annual rate in effect at the time of execution of the new RB contract. The new obligation period shall not retroactively cover any portion or period that was executed under the old contract.
3. ADSOs. ADSOs for RB shall be established in accordance with subparagraphs S.3.a through S.3.d of this plan.
a. ADSOs for education and training agreements shall be served before serving the RB ADSO.
b. Since no education and training ADSO can exist at the time of an RB contract execution, the RB ADSO shall be served concurrently with the RB contract period and all non-education and training ADSOs. Also, if the RB contract is executed before the start date of residency training, the RB ADSO shall be served concurrently with the RB contract period. Once a General Dentist has begun to serve a RB ADSO, he or she shall serve it concurrently with any existing ADSO for other special pay agreements or medical education and training obligations incurred after the execution date for that particular RB contract.
c. Obligations for RB may be served concurrently with any other non-education or training service obligation, to include IP, Board Certified Pay, promotion, non-clinical Doctorate degree, Masters degree, and non-medical military schooling.
d. During the discharge of the service obligation associated with the Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), individuals are eligible for RB. The RB ADSO is consecutive to all HPLRP obligations.
5. Annual Pay Amounts for Multiyear RB. Annual payment amounts for multiyear RB contracts shall be in the amounts in Table 3. The RB shall be paid annually on anniversary date of contract.
Table 3. Annual RB Pay
Discharging an Initial ADSO (1 Year)
T. WRITTEN AGREEMENT FOR BONUS OR PAY. To receive a bonus or pay authorized under the Consolidated Special Pay Plan (CSPP), a General Dentist determined to be eligible for the bonus or pay shall enter into a written agreement with the Secretary of the Navy
U. PAYMENT. A General Dentist who enters into a written agreement with the Secretary of the Navy who specifies conditions for receipt of a bonus or pay described in this instruction is eligible to the full amount of the bonus or pay earned for fulfilling the conditions for such bonus or pay. Specified conditions may include a service obligation and the eligibility requirement described in this instruction.
V. TERMINATION AND REPAYMENT OF ELIGIBILITY TO BONUS OR PAY 1. A Commanding Officer may submit a request to Chief, BUMED to terminate at any time, or endorse recommending disapproval a request, a General Dentist’s AB, IP, or RB. Reasons for termination may include, but are not necessarily limited to: Loss of privileges; Courts martial convictions; violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice; failure to maintain a current, unrestricted license to practice medicine, or reasons that are in the best interest of the Navy. Chief, BUMED will make determination on what, if any, special pays are to be terminated/denied. If entitlement to one or more of the aforementioned special pays is approved to be terminated/denied, the officer shall be paid, on a pro-rata basis, the portion served up to the official date of termination/denial. A special pay that is terminated will result in recoupment of the unexecuted portion of the agreement. Caution should be taken to ensure all regulations have been adhered to by the command regarding the program for which the recommendation is being made, and the member has been given every opportunity to correct any deficiencies prior to recommending termination or denial of special pays. Also, it is essential the officer must be counseled by the command regarding this recommendation prior to submission to Chief, BUMED.
2. When unusual circumstances warrant a waiver of eligibility requirements for AB, IP or RB, an officer may submit to the BUMED Deputy Chief, Human Resources (BUMED-M1), via their Commanding Officer, with supporting justification, a request for
such a waiver. These circumstances include fully qualified General Dentists assigned to positions requiring a substantial portion of time performing military unique duties under adverse conditions, in remote OCONUS locations, or that preclude the officers’ ability to spend appropriate time in a clinical setting.
3. Each General Dentist accepting IP and/or RB must maintain all eligibility criteria throughout the period of the agreement. COs must forward to BUMED-M1C1 a request to terminate IP and/or RB for any officer who fails to maintain eligibility.
4. Except as provided in paragraphs 5 and 6 below, an officer who is paid AB, IP or RB, the receipt of which is contingent upon the officer fulfilling specified conditions of eligibility, service, or assignment, shall repay the United States any unearned portion of the AB, IP, or RB if the officer fails to fulfill the conditions of eligibility, service, or assignment and may not receive any unpaid amount of the AB, IP, or RB after failing to fulfill such specified conditions. Situations requiring repayment include, but are not limited to:
a. An approved request for voluntary release from the written agreement specifying the conditions for receipt of the bonus or pay if, due to unusual circumstances, it is determined by the designated competent authority of the Navy that such release would clearly be in the best interests of both the Navy and the officer concerned;
b. An approved voluntary separation from the naval service, or from active duty in the naval service, or release from an active status in the Navy Reserve prior to fulfillment of the terms and conditions such as the period of service obligation required for receipt of the bonus or special or incentive pay;
c. An approved voluntary request for relief from an assignment;
d. Failure to execute orders to a billet commensurate with the officer’s specialty or skill, grade, or career progression;
e. Disability or physical disqualification resulting from misconduct, willful neglect, or incurred during a period of unauthorized absence;
f. Upon processing for separation for cause, including misconduct;
g. An approved detachment for cause; and
h. Upon processing for separation by reason of weight control and/or physical readiness test failure.
5. If for any of the following reasons an officer fails to fulfill the specified conditions of eligibility, service, or assignment for which AB, IP, or RB are paid to the officer, repayment of the unearned portion of the AB, IP, RB is not required, but any remaining unpaid amount shall not be paid:
a. Separation from the naval service by operation of laws or regulations independent of misconduct;
b. Separation from the naval service under a hardship separation or sole survivor discharge as defined under section 303a(e)[(3)](2)(B) of title 37, United States Code.
c. Where the Secretary of the Navy (or designee) determines that repayment of the unearned portion of the pay or bonus would be contrary to a personnel policy or management objective, against equity or good conscience, or contrary to the best interests of the United States.
6. If for any of the following reasons an officer fails to fulfill the specified conditions of eligibility, service, or assignment for which AB, IP, RB are paid to the officer, repayment of the unearned portion of the pay or bonus will not be required, and any remaining unpaid amount will be paid to the member’s final pay account or upon separation:
a. Disability separation or retirement under chapter 61 of Title 10, United States Code, where such disability is not the result of the officer’s misconduct, willful neglect, or incurred during a period of unauthorized absence; and, the injury or illness was incurred in the line of duty in a combat zone designated by the President or the Secretary of Defense or in a combat related operation designated by the Secretary of Defense.
b. Death in which the proximate cause is not misconduct on the part of the officer or individual; or
c. Where the Secretary of the Navy (or designee) determines that to repayment of the unearned portion of the pay or bonus received by the officer and to refrain from paying any remaining unpaid amount to the officer would be contrary to a personnel policy or management objective, against equity or good conscience, or contrary to the best interests of the United States.
W. BANKRUPTCY. An obligation to repay the United States as described herein is, for all purposes, a debt owed to the United States. A discharge in bankruptcy under Title 11, United States Code does not discharge an officer from such debt if the discharge order is entered less than 5 years after—
1. The date of termination of the written agreement or “contract” on which the debt is based; or
2. In the absence of such written agreement or “contract”, the date of termination of the
eligibility, service, or assignment on which the debt is based.