By BROCK VERGAKIS
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy is planning to give tens of thousands of enlisted sailors who serve aboard sea-going vessels a bump in their pay, a Navy official said Tuesday.
While every sailor receives a salary based on their rank and length of service, sailors assigned to sea duty are also eligible for monthly stipends that range from $50 to $700. The Navy says about 75,000 sailors are eligible for sea pay at any given time.
During an all-hands call in the hangar bay aboard the USS Bataan at Naval Station Norfolk, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran told sailors that inflation has eaten away into the value of their sea pay over the past decade. The Navy last adjusted sea pay levels in 2001. He said Navy leaders want to restore the value of sea pay by adjusting for inflation, which will likely result in a 25 percent to 30 percent increase in sea pay levels.
“It’s long overdue, folks,” Moran said. “We absolutely are convinced that it is the right thing to do for sailors who are committed to sea duty, who are out serving at sea. Especially when we’re asking you to do the kind of deployments that we’ve asked you to do, in some cases 10-and-a-half months, eight months. We definitely need to compensate you more for the work we are asking you to do.”