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104 STAT. 1576 PUBLIC LAW 101-510—NOV. 5, 1990 PART B—BONUSES AND SPECIAL AND INCENTIVE PAY SEC. 611. MULTIYEAR MEDICAL OFFICER RETENTION BONUS (a) BONUS AUTHORIZED.— (1) Chapter 5 of title 37, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 301c the following new section: "§ sold. Multiyear retention bonus: medical officers of the armed forces "(a) BONUS AUTHORIZED.— (1) A medical officer described in subsection 0?) who executes a written agreement to remain on active duty for two, three, or four years after completion of any other active-duty service commitment may, upon acceptance of the written agreement by the Secretary of the military department concerned, be paid a retention bonus as provided in this section. "(2) The amount of a retention bonus under paragraph (1) may not exceed $14,000 for each year covered by a four-year agreement. The maximum yearly retention bonus for two-year and three-year agreements shall be reduced to reflect the shorter service commitment. "(b) ELIGIBLE OFFICERS. —T his section applies to an officer of the armed forces who— "(1) is an officer of the Medical Corps of the Army or the Navy or an officer of the Air Force designated as a medical officer; "(2) is in a pay grade below pay grade 0-7; "(3) has at least eight years of creditable service (computed as described in section 302(g) of this title) or has completed any active-duty service commitment incurred for medical education and training; and "(4) has completed initial residency training (or will complete such training before September 30 of the fiscal year in which the officer enters into an agreement under subsection (a)). "(c) REFUNDS.— (1) Refunds shall be required, on a pro rata basis, of sums paid under this section if the officer who has received the payment fails to complete the total period of active duty specified in the agreement, as conditions and circumstances warrant. "(2) An obligation to reimburse the United States imposed under paragraph (1) is for all purposes a debt owned to the United States. "(3) A discharge in bankruptcy under title 11, United States Code, that is entered less than five years after the termination of an agreement under this section does not discharge the member signing such agreement from a debt arising under such agreement or under paragraph (1). This paragraph applies to any case commenced under title 11 after the date of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991.". (2) The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 301c the following new item: "301d. Retention bonus: medical officers of the armed forces.". 37 USC 30id (b) TERMINATION OF EXISTING RETENTION BONUS AGREEMENT. — (1) "°*®- Subject to the approval of the Secretary of the military department concerned, a medical officer who is eligible to enter into a retention bonus agreement under section 301d of title 37, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)) may terminate any existing retention bonus agreement entered into by that officer under 612 of the National Defense Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 1989 (37 U.S.C. 302 note), in order to enter into an agreement under section 301d of such