A-9155, MAY 8, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 930

A-9155: May 8, 1925

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1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 15. ARE IN CONFORMITY WITH LAW. THE PROPOSED CHANGES IN INSTRUCTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: PAGE B13. FOUR OR SIX YEARS ENTITLES A MAN TO ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS AS IF HE HAD REENLISTED FOR A LIKE TERM BUT THE ALLOWANCE IS PAYABLE ONLY ONE FOR ANY EXTENSION OR EXTENSIONS OF THE SAME ENLISTMENT.'. THE ONLY BENEFIT THAT NOW ACCRUES UPON REENLISTMENT IS THE ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE WHICH IS BASED ON THE PAY GRADE OF THE MAN AND THE NUMBER OF YEARS SERVED IN THE ENLISTMENT FROM WHICH DISCHARGED. PROVIDES: * * * EXISTING LAWS AUTHORIZING A REENLISTMENT GRATUITY TO ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY AND COAST GUARD ARE HEREBY REPEALED. IS $50 FOR EACH YEAR OF THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS.

A-9155, MAY 8, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 930

REENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE - NAVY SECTION 19 OF THE ACT OF MARCH 4, 1925, 43 STAT. 1276, PROVIDING THEREAFTER FOR ENLISTMENTS IN THE NAVY FOR TERMS OF TWO, THREE, FOUR OR SIX YEARS, WITH PROPORTIONATE BENEFITS UPON DISCHARGE AND REENLISTMENT, INCREASES THE MAXIMUM REENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE FIXED BY SECTION 10 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 630, FROM $200 TO $300 FOR THE FIRST THREE PAY GRADES AND FROM $100 TO $150 FOR THE OTHER GRADES.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, MAY 8, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 15, 1925, SUBMITTING PROPOSED CHANGES IN SECTION B OF THE ,INSTRUCTIONS FOR CARRYING INTO EFFECT THE JOINT SERVICE PAY BILL, ACT OF 10 JUNE, 1922," WITH THE REQUEST FOR AN EXPRESSION OF VIEWS AS TO WHETHER THESE CHANGES, IN SO FAR AS THEY INVOLVE DISBURSEMENTS, ARE IN CONFORMITY WITH LAW.

SECTION 19 OF THE ACT OF MARCH 4, 1925, 43 STAT. 1276, PROVIDES:

THAT HEREAFTER ENLISTMENTS IN THE NAVY MAY BE FOR TERMS OF TWO, THREE, FOUR, OR SIX YEARS, AND ALL LAWS NOT APPLICABLE TO FOUR-YEAR ENLISTMENTS SHALL APPLY, UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, TO ENLISTMENTS FOR A SHORTER OR LONGER PERIOD WITH PROPORTIONATE BENEFITS UPON DISCHARGE AND REENLISTMENT * * *.

THE PROPOSED CHANGES IN INSTRUCTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

PAGE B13, PARAGRAPH 5, SUBPARAGRAPH (A), CHANGE "$200.00" APPEARING AT THE END OF PARAGRAPH TO ,$300.00.'

PAGE B13, SUBPARAGRAPH 5 (B), CHANGE "$100.00" APPEARING AT THE END OF FIRST SENTENCE TO ,$150.00.'

PAGE B14, UNDER (B), THE FIRST SENTENCE ENCLOSED IN PARENTHESIS WHICH READS "/IF A TWO, THREE, OR FOUR YEAR ENLISTMENT, THIS WOULD BE TWO, THREE, OR FOUR FULL YEARS," CHANGE TO READ AS FOLLOWS: "/IF A TWO, THREE, FOUR, OR SIX YEAR ENLISTMENT, THIS WOULD BE TWO, THREE, FOUR OR SIX FULL YEARS).' THE SENTENCE DIRECTLY FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLES ON PAGE B14 BEGINNING WITH THE WORDS "THE EXTENSION OF AN ENLISTMENT" AND ENDING WITH THE WORDS "OR EXTENSIONS OF THE SAME ENLISTMENT," CHANGE TO READ AS FOLLOWS: "THE EXTENSION OF AN ENLISTMENT FOR TWO, THREE, FOUR OR SIX YEARS ENTITLES A MAN TO ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS AS IF HE HAD REENLISTED FOR A LIKE TERM BUT THE ALLOWANCE IS PAYABLE ONLY ONE FOR ANY EXTENSION OR EXTENSIONS OF THE SAME ENLISTMENT.'

RELATIVE TO ENLISTMENT PERIODS IN THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS, SECTION 7 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 4, 1920, 41 STAT. 836, PROVIDES:

THAT HEREAFTER ENLISTMENTS IN THE NAVY AND IN THE MARINE CORPS, MAY BE FOR TERMS OF TWO, THREE, OR FOUR YEARS, AND ALL LAWS NOW APPLICABLE TO FOUR-YEAR ENLISTMENTS SHALL APPLY, UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, TO ENLISTMENTS FOR A SHORTER PERIOD WITH PROPORTIONATE BENEFITS UPON DISCHARGE AND REENLISTMENT * * *.

THE ONLY BENEFIT THAT NOW ACCRUES UPON REENLISTMENT IS THE ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE WHICH IS BASED ON THE PAY GRADE OF THE MAN AND THE NUMBER OF YEARS SERVED IN THE ENLISTMENT FROM WHICH DISCHARGED. RELATIVE THERETO, SECTION 10 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 630, PROVIDES:

* * * EXISTING LAWS AUTHORIZING A REENLISTMENT GRATUITY TO ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY AND COAST GUARD ARE HEREBY REPEALED, AND AN ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE EQUAL TO $50 MULTIPLIED BY THE NUMBER OF YEARS SERVED IN THE ENLISTMENT PERIOD FROM WHICH HE HAS LAST BEEN DISCHARGED, BUT NOT TO EXCEED $200, SHALL BE PAID TO EVERY HONORABLY DISCHARGED ENLISTED MAN OF THE FIRST THREE GRADES WHO REENLISTS WITHIN A PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF HIS DISCHARGE; AND AN ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE OF $25 MULTIPLIED BY THE NUMBER OF YEARS SERVED IN THE ENLISTMENT PERIOD FROM WHICH HE HAS LAST BEEN DISCHARGED, BUT NOT TO EXCEED $100, SHALL BE PAID TO EVERY HONORABLY DISCHARGED ENLISTED MAN OF THE OTHER GRADES WHO REENLISTS WITHIN A PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF HIS DISCHARGE * * *.

SECTION 19 OF THE ACT OF MARCH 4, 1925, INCREASES THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF ENLISTMENT IN THE NAVY FROM FOUR YEARS TO SIX YEARS. THE MAXIMUM ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE FOR THE FIRST THREE GRADES UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, IS $50 FOR EACH YEAR OF THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS, OR $200, AND FOR THE OTHER GRADES, IT IS $25 FOR EACH YEAR OF THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS, OR $100. THE PROVISION IN THE ACT OF MARCH 4, 1925, AS AFFECTS ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE, AUTHORIZES PROPORTIONATE BENEFITS FOR A "LONGER PERIOD," THAT IS, FOR SIX YEARS. THE EFFECT OF THAT PROVISION IS TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM ENLISTMENT ALLOWANCE PROPORTIONATELY WITH THE INCREASE IN THE MAXIMUM-ENLISTMENT PERIOD, OR FROM $200 TO $300 FOR THE FIRST THREE PAY GRADES, AND FROM $100 TO $150 FOR OTHER GRADES.

THE PROPOSED CHANGES IN INSTRUCTIONS APPEAR TO BE IN CONFORMITY WITH THE LAW AND ARE APPROVED.