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Image showing pay day on a calendar.Employees at NSWCDD receive competitive salaries in addition to a robust benefits package.  Those at our Dahlgren location also enjoy Washington, D.C. locality pay.  All positions at NSWCDD fall under one of two Human Resources (HR) management systems: the Warfare Centers’ Personnel Demonstration Project (Demo) or the General Schedule (GS).  Demo and GS have different mechanisms for setting pay and rewarding performance.

Demonstration Project (Demo)

Demo is a pay-for-performance system specifically designed to attract, reward, and retain high-performing employees.  Under Demo, employees are compensated based on their performance and the degree to which their position impacts organizational goals.  Approximately 95% of NSWCDD employees fall under this HR management system.

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ND SCIENTIFIC & ENGINEERING 1-4 5-8 9-11 12-13 14-15 SSTM
NT ADMINISTRATIVE & TECHNICAL 1-4 5-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 14-15
NG GENERAL SUPPORT 1-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 11-12 N/A


General Schedule (GS)

Although GS is the most widely used HR system throughout the Federal Service, only about 5% of NSWCDD positions are GS.  Unlike Demo, salary advancement under GS is based largely on longevity.  However, employees with outstanding performance ratings may be considered for additional increases.

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