2 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Outline What is a Limited Duty / Chief Warrant OfficerWhy become a LDO / CWOEligibility requirementsDesignatorsTypical profile / common characteristics of a selecteePreparing (interview, evaluations, application)Monetary and promotion benefitsFeedback from this year’s selection boardConvince you to applyNuclear trained application specifics
3 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief What is a LDO/CWO? A Limited Duty Officer (LDO) is an officer who was selected for commissioning based on his/her skill and expertise, and is not required to have a bachelor’s degree.The term "Limited Duty" refers not to an LDO's authority, but rather the LDO's career progression and restrictions. LDO’s, prior to WWII, could only advance as far as lieutenant. Later an LDO could be promoted to commander. In the 1990s the ceiling was raised to Captain.Unlike the Unrestricted Line Officers, LDOs cannot command a warship, aviation squadron, or auxiliary vessel. However, many LDOs command ashore activities
4 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief LDO/CWO PROGRAM The Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer program provide our Navy with:Proven Leaders and Sustained Superior PerformersTechnical experts looking for new and rewarding challengesWar Fighters who bring extensive experience to a wardroom
5 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Why become an LDO or CWO? Your chance to take charge and make a difference!Opportunity to lead Sailors, Chiefs, and other OfficersChallenging assignmentsIncreased responsibility and authorityBecause you are a highly qualified leader and subject matter expert with highly honed technical skills
6 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Career Opportunities Regulatory Oversight of Nuclear Shipyards (NRRO)Assignment as DO, APS, PMAQualification as Dry Dock Officer and SSO
7 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Career Opportunities Qualification as OOD on a CVN or Sub Tender
8 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Career Opportunities Qualification as SWO
9 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Career Opportunities Chief Engineer or Gun Boss of a CVN
10 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Career Opportunities Submarine Overhaul Coordinator, WEPS, AWEPS qualify as EOOW (nuclear only), OOD and to wear Gold Dolphins
11 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Overview Nuclear LDO serve the NNPP in a variety of positions:Naval Reactors Field OfficesCVN ForceTechnical AssistantsPrincipal AssistantsChief EngineersTYCOM N4/N9 Mobile Training TeamSubmarine ForceTender Repair DepartmentSSN DMP/Overhaul Coordinators (Ship’s Company)Nuclear Capable IMAs/ShipyardsTYCOM, Group, and Squadron Material StaffsMajor CommandNNPTC and other Training Commands504 total billets:(16%)-37 Pending Navy Gains for Accessions-46 for Misc billets not in one of 3 career paths (out of nuc billet, A School, Nautilus Museum, etc)-(25%) 126 billets NR & NSRO Field Office-(26%) 130 CVN billets (Sea & Shore staffs)-(33%) 165 Repair billetsNuclear LDOs/CWOs provide NNPP support in multiple areas1111
12 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Nominal Fleet LDO Career Path AssignmentsMaintenance Facility CommandDEPUTY SY CMDRCVN CHENGMAJOR PMA, SUB REPAIR OFFICER, OCM, IMA XO, NSRO DEP DIRECTORPMA, TYCOM STAFF, NSRO,IMA PA, MISC REPAIR, DRYDOCK CO, NFAS DIRECTOR, FORCE RADCON ASSTCVN PRINCIPAL ASSTIMA DIVO, CVN ELECTRO/CRA, TYCOM, NSRO, SY PROJ SUPT, DRYDOCK XO, SSN/NEWCON AVAIL COORDAS/IMA DIVO, NPTU MAINT, PMTCVN TA0 YCS3 YCS6 YCS9 YCS12 YCS15 YCS18 YCS21 YCSENSLTLTJGLCDRCDRCAPT1st Tour for all LDOs: CVN TA2nd Tour for all LDOs: Repair/Maint4th Tour for most LDOs: CVN PASenior LCDRs/junior CDRs have opportunity for PMA or equivalent maintenance leadership positionsMilestone Position: CVN CHENG3rd Tour for all LDOs: Elective TourMajor Command36 Month Tour Lengths23 YCSMaintenance LeadershipOverall structure creates a career path that rotates from sea to shore and from operational assignments to repair/maintenance assignmentsAll LDOs will go to a CVN TA tour firstDeliberate path through CVN CHENG and to PMA
13 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Nominal NR Career Path AssignmentsSenior Leadership (Upper Half)Deputy NRROverall Projects LeadSenior Leadership (Lower half)CVN Overhaul LeadReactor Servicing LeadCVN Projects LeadSubmarine Projects LeadANNR Kings Bay/San DiegoLead PositionRadcon LeadJTG/Testing LeadJRG/Refueling LeadQA LeadLarge Project Lead(ERO, EOH, RCOH, PIA, DPIA, etc)Small Project Lead (SRA, CMA)Qualification Tour0 YCS2 YCS4 YCS10 YCS15 YCS21 YCSENSLTLTJGLCDRCDRCAPT1st Assignment: Qualification Tour, followed by Small Project Lead2nd Assignment: Large Project Lead4th Assignment: Senior Leadership Positions (Lower Half)Senior LCDRs/junior CDRs have opportunity for leadership positions as ANRRMilestone Position: ANRR3rd Assignment: Lead PositionsSenior Leadership Positions60 Month Tour Lengths (Nominally)
19 LDO service compensation greater than enlisted LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Retirement BenefitsFY07 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) lifted 75% retirement pay cap at 30 YOSEligible to receive 100 percent base pay at retirement2.5% increase per year for each year of service past 30 YOSLDOs can reach 95% base pay with 38 YOS (statutory limit)LDO service compensation greater than enlisted
20 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Eligibility Requirements Limited Duty OfficersChief Warrant OfficersE-6 thru E-8E-6s must be CPO Selection Board eligibleE-7 thru E-98-14* years Naval Service(Waivers considered to 16* years for nuclear trained personnel)See NAVADMIN 281/12*Computed to 1 OCT 1514-20 yearsMCPOs w/2 years TIG at E-9 will be appointed CWO3High School Grad or GED EquivalentMust complete 10 YCS to be retirement eligibleMust complete 6 YCS to become retirement eligibleLDOs can revert back to CWO (case basis)As of FY14, LDOs cannot revert back to EnlistedCWOLTJGCWOs must have 2 yrs as CWO and <19 yrs serviceGeneral detailing guidelines:See your Bluebook on OCM website.CWOs can fill LDO LT and below billetsNAVADMIN 070/13 DTG Z MAR 13 announced the requirement for all nuclear trained personnel intending to submit applications for any commissioning programs to state their intentions using NAVPERS form 1306/7 (Enlisted Personnel Action Request) to the Nuclear Propulsion Program Management Branch (OPNAV N133), via their detailer (PERS-403). Waivers for nuclear trained sailors with less than 18 months remaining on their enlistment contract will be granted a conditional release. Waivers for sailors with greater than 18 months will be granted on a case-by-case basis.7
21 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief LDO Designators SURFACE AVIATION611X DECK X DECK612X OPS 632X OPERATIONS613X ENGR/REPAIR 633X MAINTENANCE616X ORDNANCE 636X ORDNANCE618X ELECTRONICS 639X AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLSUBMARINE GENERAL SERIES623X ENG X ADMIN626X ORD X INFO SYS 643X BAND628X ELECT X IW X INTEL629X COMM X OCEANO640X NUC PWR X EOD X SECSTAFF CORPS651X SUPPLY653X CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS
22 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief CWO Designators SURFACE SUBMARINE711X DECK X DIVER723X ENGINEERING712X OPERATIONS 726X ORDNANCE713X ENGINEER X ELECTRONICS715X SPECIAL WARFARE X NUCLEAR POWER716X ORDNANCE717X SW COMBATANT-CRAFT GENERAL SERIESCREWMAN X ADMIN ASST718X ELECTRONICS X INFO SYS744X CRYPTOLOGYAVIATION X INTEL731X DECK X SEC732X OPERATIONS734X MAINTENANCE STAFF CORPS736X ORDNANCE X FOOD SERVICE753X CIVIL ENGINEER
23 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Common Characteristics of Selectees Sustained superior performance in all assignments… consistent break-outs in evaluations/fitness reports with strong CO’s endorsement.Good Sea/Shore/Overseas rotation for the specific rating with an emphasis on increased responsibility and leadership.Successfully served in challenging key leadership positions to include IA/GSA assignments.Strong technical acumen and proficiency.Pursuit of continued education, personal, and professional development.Attained advanced supervisory qualifications and experience relating to the designator applied for.
24 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Typical Accessions Profile 1.8 Sea Tours99% EWS/SS/COW Qualifications100% LPO/LCPO ExperienceAge: 32Years of Active Service: 13Avg. years of Education: 14CWO3 Sea Tours100% SS/COW Qualifications100% LPO/LCPO ExperienceAge: 36Years of Active Service: 17Avg. years of Education: 14Repair Experience is defined as serving an IMA/IMF or Sub Tender tour.
25 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Recommended Timeline 15 Apr: Special Request Chit to CO01 May: Application package to Admin01 Jun: Interviewer’s Appraisal Board01 Jul: CO’s endorsement prepared01 Oct: Package deadline NLTXX Jan: Selection board convenesXX Feb: Results announced by NAVADMINCheck with your Mustang Association/Base/SQDN/Unit for specific timeline
26 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Questions about the program?
27 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Commissioning Preparation Start early (PO3 not too early!)Make your seniors aware of your personal goals; seek a mentorDevelop a strong career path and “resume”…good mix of duty stations and jobs is important.Seek leadership positions: LPO, LCPOEarn all possible professional and warfare qualifications
28 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Commissioning Preparation (cont) Complete formal education and correspondence coursesGet out of your comfort zoneComplete as many watch qualifications as possible.Complete correspondence courses on ratings in other work centers.Take such assignments as Detailer, Recruiter, InstructorSeek out significant key collateral dutiesCareer CounselorDrug/Alcohol Programs AdvisorCommand Assessment TeamPFA CoordinatorKeep building your “resume”
29 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Commissioning Preparation (cont) Selection is determined on a numerical processPoints awarded for:Applicant’s package and CO’s endorsementEvaluationsDuty Assignments and Demonstration of Technical KnowledgeLeadership and MaturityTraining and Education (both military and civilian)Awards and QualificationsCommand and Community InvolvementIn the point system, evaluations earn the most points, so strive for “Early Promote”The typical selectee is selected on their second or third application
30 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Performance Evaluations Important items reflected in the applicants performance evaluations:Sustained superior performanceDemonstrated leadershipTechnical Expertise (CWO applicant’s)Personal accomplishments and advanced qualificationsPromotion Recommendation (EP w/peer ranking; LDO/CWO potentialComplete formal education and correspondence coursesData and metrics (numbers): How many?...how fast?...how far?...how much?Explain to the board member why you are“the best Sailor/Chief on the waterfront!”
31 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Performance Evaluations Review your record to ensure:Your awards, completion of college and military schools are properly documented in your service record and evaluationsPrepare for the officer interview boardBe prepared to answer varied questions about what assignments you can expect as an officer, goals, contributions, what tours you should pursue, promotion opportunity, and retirement lawsKnow your Career PathStudy the LDO/CWO GuidebookWhat can you bring to the LDO/CWO community?If you are a PO1, you must pass the CPO exam.
32 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief FITREP/EVAL Basics Demonstrate Core Competency inLeadership/ManagementTechnical (include senior watchstander)Identified in FITREP/ EVAL or AwardsFitrep breakout above CO averageHard ( “My #1”) or soft breakout (“My # 3 of 19”) importantCO Endorsement and Senior LDO board member recommendation should be consistentSenior LDO Board member break out is important
33 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief FITREP/EVAL Basics Job Assignments- who is excelling in the hard jobs? (Sea/Shore rotation, overseas jobs, Prototype, Instructor, Recruiter, SQDN, etc)Education not a requirement but a definite +Dependent on the Sea/Shore
34 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Personal Statement Use your own wordsSkip the “flowery” words and speak from your heartRemember, there will be members on the board who are LDO’s and CWO’s and they know what you should have done in terms of training, assignments, qualifications, and performance for the designator you are applying forYou are “WORLD WIDE ASSIGNABLE” and are ready to tackle the tough jobs
35 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Selection by Paygrade LDO
38 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Selection by Paygrade CWO
39 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Selection Opportunity by Community LDO opportunity competitive with PO1 advancement opportunity
40 LDO opportunity competitive with CPO advancement opportunity LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Selection Opportunity by CommunityThe Nuclear LDO/CWO Community:Pros Cons to both Surface and Submarine applicants keeps our fleet in optimal balance of diverse backgrounds so we need a good mix…LDO opportunity competitive with CPO advancement opportunity40
41 LDO opportunities better than SCPO advancement opportunity LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Selection Opportunity by Community0 selection rate in 2011 and 2012 were due to no surface applicants.LDO opportunities better than SCPO advancement opportunity41
42 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Historical Applicants and Selectees
43 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Promotion Opportunity FY12FY13FY14FY15FY16CAPTOpportunity40%Flow Point22-0622-0422-0122-0322-07CDR50%58%60%15-0915-0115-0315-0816-04LCDR70%80%10-0910-0810-0310-00These are our current flow points for each grade and the percentage of opportunityfor selection. Our flow points are consistent with the URL in terms of remainingwith DOPMA guidelines. I have also increased the size of each zone for all control grades and increased the % of Opportunity.FY12 End Strength LDO Line Control Grade five year projection:FY-12 FY-13 FY-14 FY-15 FY-16 FY-17CAPTAUTHORIZED STRENGTH:SELECTIONS:OPPORTUNITY: 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%IN-ZONE ELIGIBLE:FLOW POINT:CDRAUTHORIZED STRENGTH:SELECTIONS:OPPORTUNITY: 50% 58% 60% 60% 60% 60%IN-ZONE ELIGIBLE:FLOW POINT:LCDRAUTHORIZED STRENGTH:SELECTIONS:OPPORTUNITY: 70% 80% 80% 80% 80% 80%IN-ZONE ELIGIBLE:FLOW POINT:CaptFY-10: 40% (4 of 9) Flow point 22.3 years Submarine Community 4343was 4 of 6 at 66.67% ( , , )FY-11: 37.5%(6 0f 16) flow point is years Submarine Community 33% (1 of 3) (sel )Capt FY-12: 40%(10 of 25) Best estimate CAPT flow point is 22.3 years Submarine Community 60% (3 of 5) (sel , 6260, 6400)FY-10: 50% (23 of 46) Flow point 15.7 years Submarine Community was 5 of 8 at 62% (1AZ sel.)2 vol. retires/ltr submitted to boardFY-11: 47% (25 of 53) CDR flow point is years Submarine community 4 of 11 at 36% (1AZ) , , ,FY-12: 47.66% (51 of 107) CDR flow point is 16.0 years Submarine community 7 of 11 at 63.6% , , ,FY-09: 69.89% (116 of 176) Flow point 9.6Submarine Community was 30 of 50 at 60%FY-10: 69.30% (158 of 228) Flow point 10Submarine Community was 35 of 43 at 81.4%FY-11: 73.9% (184 of 249) Best estimate Flow point 10.5Submarine Community was 37 of 48 at 77% above fleet averageFY-12: 70% (203 of 290) Best estimate Flow point 11.2Submarine Community was 44 of 65 at 68%Slightly below fleet averageLT: All Fully QualifiedLTJG: All Fully QualifiedFY-11 CWO4: 85% 4 YrsFY-12 CWO4: 89.9% , , , 1 ofFY-11 CWO3: All Fully Qualified 3 Yrs 100%Promotions to LTJG and LT = All Fully Qualified20
46 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Board Preparations Address and Phone Numbers for Correspondence
47 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Record Corrections Information on permanently correcting your record
48 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Personal Award Corrections Information for updating personal awards
49 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Transition and Progression LDO Selectivity Data (Backup Slides) from FY08-FY12:FY08: 24%FY09: 41%FY10: 41%FY11: 37%FY12: 45%ENSLTJGLTLCDRPerm LDOSatisfied Officer Retirement EligibilityLOSYCSTypical LDOAccession PointE-8E-7E-9
50 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Nuclear LDO vs. Enlisted Compensation Compensation assumptions for LDO include: Basic Pay, BAS, Sub Pay, Sea Pay on a nominal sea/shore rotation, Annual NOIP of $10,000, and BAH for the Norfolk area for married + 1 child. Normal promotion points for the Officer are assumed.Compensation assumptions for Enlisted Sub include: Basic Pay, BAS, Sub Pay, Sea Pay on a nominal sea/shore rotation, SRB reenlistment at 11 LOS, SDAP and BAH for the Norfolk area for married + 1 child. Enlisted promotion points are E-7 at 11 YOS, E-8 at 15 YOS, E-9 at 20 YOS. Includes Zone C & Zone D ESRP.Compensation assumptions for Enlisted Surface include: Basic Pay, BAS, Sea Pay on a nominal sea/shore rotation, SRB reenlistment at 11 LOS, SDAP and BAH for the Norfolk area for married + 1 child. Enlisted promotion points are E-7 at 11 YOS, E-8 at 15 YOS, E-9 at 20 YOS. Includes Zone C & Zone D ESRP.LDO career compensation greater than senior enlisted
51 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Retirement Comparison Retirement PointPre-Tax Estimated Pension ValueAverage 6-YR ESRP Contract Value (Zone Years)Assume Reenlistment at 10 YOS(A)Assume full value ESRP contract invested earning 5% (compounded for years indicated)5% AnnualLifetime Passive Income from ESRP contract(B)Pre-Tax Estimated Pension Value plus passive income from ESRP(A+B)E-9 over 24$38,871$89,61114 Years = $177,423$8,871Annually$47,742LCDR over 24$49,738E-9 pension plus full value of ESRP investment is$1,996 less than LCDR retirement at similar service pointE-9 over 30$54,82220 Years = $237,764$11,888$66,710CDR over 30$73,321$6,611 less than CDR retirement at similar service pointSource:Assumptions used in calculation of annual retirement pensions:The High-Three retirement plan was assumed for all calculations, regardless of grade and seniority3.0% Inflation rate20% Tax rate2.5% Annual Active Duty Pay Raise5151
52 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief ET1(SS), 8 YOS, Married, 2 Kids, Norfolk $62,148$20,853$5,042$0$2,500$80,459$66,441$9,966$18,750$13,375$44,632SalaryBonusNEX SavingsTaxesInsuranceTake HomePayNAVYCivilianNavy Salary: Base Pay=$33,612/yr, BAH (Norfolk, with Dependents)=$19,236, SUBPAY=$3,900, SDAP(Prototype)= $5,400Navy Bonus: STAR 2 years of service, SRB= $1,986*7.0*6years= $83,412/4= $20,853/yearNEX/Commissary Savings: Based on average family weekly grocery bill of $175/week*52weeks*30%savings= ~$2,500/yearNavy Taxes: IRS income is $33,612=> 15% base tax due= $5,042Civilian Salary: Average salary for Nuclear Power Reactor Operator in state of Virginia (Source:Civilian Bonus: Potential overtime payments, assuming 1.5 times salary*4 OT hrs/week*50weeks= $9,966Civilian Taxes: 25% tax bracket= $16,610/yearCivilian Insurance (Health): Average family insurance plan is $13,375 (Source: USA Today, 9/16/2009)Civilian Retirement: Assume 65, live to average life expectancy (75), pull same monthly payment for those 10 years that Navy pension would provide ($2,030/month assuming retired as E8 with 20 years service). Assume 7% growth in 401k with contributions every year for 40 years (age 25 to 65). Must contribute $1,150/year.52
53 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Bureau of Labor and Statistics Wage Data Navy is exceptionally competitive and usually exceeds overall civilian compensationThe Navy offers one of the best TOTAL compensation packages unequalled by civilian sectorNo Cost health careCommissary and exchange privilegesTax benefitsOnly a few career fields with a small number of total employees has an annual median wage that exceeds overall Navy compensation packageMost of these are only after several years of earning seniorityMost employers do not provide free health care or pension benefits, other than an opportunity to invest in a 401(k) plan53
54 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Direction of the Program Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP), and the Navy has absolute dependence on LDO and CWO programNNPP, and the Navy, heavily relies on service in key supporting assignmentsLDO program restructuring in progessWill ensure continued community healthGreater opportunities for service in major commandThe LDO and CWO programs seek to commission technical managers and technical expertsProven leadership and sustained superior performance in arduous assignmentsWar Fighters seeking new and rewarding challengesOfficers who bring extensive technical expertise to a wardroom
55 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Summary Hard and soft breakouts in evaluations/fitness reports are extremely important.Work to move to the “EP” block soon after reporting aboard.Board members focus on the strength of the evaluations, promotion rankings, command endorsement, interview appraisal sheets, leadership traits and the difficulty of billets held.Qualify for watchstations in your rating to the maximum level your rank will allow.Qualifying for watchstations outside your rate and ranking is a plus once you have max’d out in your parent rating qualifications.Sea Duty, IA/GSA assignments, recruiting, recruit division command, instructor duty a plus++.
56 LDO/CWO Applicant Brief Summary (cont) The competitive selection process that the LDO/CWO community employs is a significant tool in the Navy’s “Strategy for the People” and ensures we retain, select, and promote our strongest performers.Selection to LDO or CWO is a benchmark in one’s career and reflects the Navy’s value in sustained superior performance, leadership, and integrity.Board packages reflect that commands support the program by only sending the best and brightest for consideration.
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