2 AGENDA Welcome and Introductions Background Eligibility Application Timeline References Points of Contact Guest Speakers/Q&A
3 We (are): - Proven Leaders and Sustained Superior Performers - Technical experts looking for new and rewarding challenges - War Fighters who bring our experience to the wardroom - Define Command policy rather than just execute Im interested. Wheres the gouge? OPNAV Instruction A - Use an LDO/CWO from the designator you are applying for on your board if available NAVADMIN XXX/08 (expect FY10 NAVADMIN to be released Apr/May 08). WEBSITE with all the info: - - Click on Selection Boards and follow the LDO/CWO Link LDO/CWO Program Overview
The Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer Programs provide our Navy with a vital form of experienced leadership - Officer Technical Specialists and managers who have extensive expertise and authority to direct the most difficult and exacting technical operations in given occupational areas at sea and ashore. The role of the Limited Duty Officer is strikingly similar to those of warrant officers. The differences in the formal definitions of warrant officers and LDOs are subtle, focusing on the degree of authority and responsibility as well as the breadth of expertise required.
What is the difference between SCPOs / MCPOs and LDOs/CWOs? Navy emphasizes the supervisory, leadership, and training roles of senior NCOs within an enlisted rating. At the highest grade, the NCOs role may extend to matters stretching across the full Navy rating spectrum. The CWO is a technical leader and specialist whodirects technical operations. LDOs fill leadership and management positions and, as they reach the higher ranks, become more the officer and less the technician.
Why become an LDO or CWO? Your chance to take charge and make a difference! Opportunity to lead Sailors, Chiefs, other Officers Challenging assignments Increased responsibility and authority Because youre a highly qualified leader and subject matter expert who possesses many highly honed technical skills
7 LDO Provides a commissioning path for outstanding E6-E9s and CWOs To perform in management positions requiring strong technical backgrounds outside the normal development pattern of Unrestricted Line Officers, Restricted Line Officers or Staff Corps Officers. Has the opportunity to serve as a commanding officer ashore, depending on the designator, individual qualifications and billet requirements.
LDO Eligibility OPNAVINST A U.S. citizen (legal requirement for all commissioned officers) High school graduate or GED Meet physical standards. Also, applicants must meet physical fitness standards of satisfactory-medium or higher at the time of application and appointment. Must be recommended by commanding officer No court martial or civilian conviction for other than minor offenses or NJP for 3 years prior to 1 October of year applying At least 8, but not more than 16 years of active naval service prior to 1 Oct of year of FY for which applying. No age restriction Serving as a MCPO, SCPO, CPO or PO1. PO1s must complete all eligibility requirements for E-7 (except TIR and Leadership Training Continuum) and must successfully compete in the annual Navy-wide examination for advancement to CPO and receive a minimum final multiple required for E-7 selection board eligibility.
LDO Designators SURFACEAVIATION 611XDECK 631X DECK 612XOPS 632X OPERATIONS 613XENGR/REPAIR 633X MAINTENANCE 615XSPEC WAR 636X ORDNANCE 616XORDNANCE 639X AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL 618XELECTRONICS SUBMARINE GENERAL SERIES 621XDECK 629X COMM 640X NUC PWR 645X INTEL 623XENG 641X ADMIN 646X OCEANO 626XORD 642X IP647X PHOTO 628XELECT 643X BAND 648X EOD STAFF CORPS 644X IW 649X SEC 651XSUPPLY 653XCIVIL ENGINEER CORPS
10 Possible LDO Actions/Mergers Approved Designator Actions: 655X Legal LDO Disestablishment 611X Surface Deck / 621X Sub Deck Possible merger of: 628X Sub Elec / 629X Sub Com 613X Surface Eng / 623X Sub Eng 616X Surface Ord / 618X Surface Elect 6330 Aviation Maint / 1520 Aviation Maint Duty Officer NOTE: Due to rating mergers and the speed at which they are occurring, eligible Sailors are encouraged to apply for the designator they are most qualified, regardless of current rating.
11 CWO The Chiefs commissioning program for technically qualified Chief Petty Officers E7 through E9. Qualified by extensive technical training, experience and leadership in a specific occupational field. Will serve primarily as division officers and officers in charge. E7/8 promote to CWO2. OCM is staffing possibility of promoting E8s (with 1 year TIG) and E9 (regardless of TIG) to CWO3.
12 CWO Eligibility Same requirements for LDO except: Complete at least 12 but not more than 24 years of active duty prior to 1 Oct of FY year for which applying. CPO-select or above.
CWO Designators SURFACESUBMARINE 711XBOATSWAIN720X DIVER 712XOPERATIONS721X BOATSWAIN 713XENGINEER TECH723X ENGINEER TECH 715XSPECIAL WARFARE 726X ORDNANCE TECH 716XORDNANCE 728X ELECTRONICS TECH 717XSW COMBATANT-CRAFT GENERAL SERIES CREWMAN 740X NUCLEAR POWER 718XELECTRONICS 741X ADMIN ASST 742X DATA PROCESSING/COMM AVIATION 743X BANDMASTER 731X DECK 744X IW 732X OPERATIONS 745X INTEL 734X MAINTENANCE 748X EOD TECH 736X ORDNANCE 749X PHYS SEC 738X AVIONICS STAFF CORPS 751X SUPPLY 752X FOOD SERVICE 753X CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS
14 Possible CWO Actions/Mergers Approved Designator Actions: 711X Surface Deck / 721X Sub Deck Possible merger of: 723X Sub Eng / 713X Surface Eng 718X Surface Elec / 716X Surface Ord.
15 Its never too early to start! Make your seniors aware of your personal goals Develop a strong career path and resume Diversify... Sea duty, overseas, and shore tours Go after and become the LPO, LCPO or CMC Earn a warfare qualification(s) Get a college degree Get out of your comfort zone, take such assignments as Detailing, Recruiting, Instructor Get involved with your command, take on key collateral duties - be a Career Counselor, Drug/Alcohol Advisor, Command Assessment Team All of these assignments are recognized by the board as both challenging and demanding LDO/CWO Preparation
16 Keep building your resume Selection is determined on a numerical process Points awarded for: Applicants package and COs endorsement Evaluations Duty Assignments and Demonstration of Technical Knowledge Leadership and Maturity Training and Education (both military and civilian) Awards and Qualifications Command and Community Involvement There is a maximum number of points for each area. Your evaluations earn you the most points, so strive to be ranked as Early Promote Dont get discouraged! (It may take 2 or 3 times before you get selected)
17 CANDIDATE CHARACTERISTICS or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Sailors Sustained superior performance Challenging and diversified assignments Personal and professional education and development Command and community involvement Appearance and physical fitness Leadership and maturity Goal-oriented
Performance Evaluations Whats important: Sustained superior performance Demonstrated leadership Technical Expertise Personal accomplishments (quals, education) Promotion Recommendation (EP w/peer ranking; LDO/CWO potential) Complete formal education and correspondence/e-Learning courses Get out of your comfort zone, take such assignments as Detailer, Recruiter, Instructor Get involved. Actively support your command. Take on significant key collateral duties – (Career Counselor, Drug/Alcohol Programs Advisor, Command Assessment Team)
Performance Evaluations Evaluations should have data and metrics (numbers): How many How fast How far How much Impact The eval has to explain to the reader why youre the best Sailor/Chief on the waterfront!
Dont forget to... Review your record to ensure: Your awards, completion of college and military schools are properly documented in your service record and evaluations Prepare for the officer interview board Be 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 laws If you are a PO1, you must pass the CPO exam.
Application DO NOT deviate from OPNAVINST A Use the sample format Recommend you have your application reviewed by an LDO/CWO in the Designator you are applying for You are responsible for your portion of the application, but not your COs endorsement Applications must be postmarked not later than the date specified in the annual LDO/CWO program announcement NAVADMIN. (Typically, 1 October) Additional information must be postmarked not later than the date specified in the annual LDO/CWO program announcement NAVADMIN. (Typically, 1 December)
I desire to become an LDO or CWO because Use your own words Skip the flowery words and speak from your heart Remember, there will be members on the board who are LDOs and CWOs and they know what you should have done in terms of training, assignments, qualifications, and performance for the designator you are applying You are world-wide assignable and are ready to tackle the tough jobs
23 FY-10 TIMELINE 15 Apr 08: Special Request Chit to CO 01 May 08: Application package to Admin 01 Jun 08: Interviewers Appraisal Board 01 Jul 08: COs endorsement prepared 01 Oct 08: Package deadline XX Jan 09: FY-10 selection board convenes XX Feb 09: Results announced by NAVADMIN
24 Flying CWO Pilot program Navy is seeking applications from highly-qualified and hard-charging Sailors (E5 through E7) to place in cockpits as pilots and NFOs. NAVADMIN 020/08 DTG Z Jan 08 5 Pilots and 3 NFO will selected by July 08 SelBd. Assigned to VP, VQ(P), VQ(T), HSC, HSL, and FRS Sample application with answers to FAQ available at Must be commissioned by age 27 (waivers avail) Associates Degree or higher Physically qualified for aviation duty E5 through E7 are eligible
25 Whats the future? The LDO/CWO program is alive and well! Competition among applicants will remain keen. LDO/CWO applicants continue to make gains in advanced education. Once commissioned, education will continue to be emphasized. Dont get left behind. Every newly commissioned LDO Ensign and CWO2 will have the opportunity to earn selection to LDO Captain and CWO5. The key to selection as an LDO or CWO and advancement once you are here has never been a secret. Work hard, take the tough assignments, and continue to improve yourself both personally and professionally. Be better than your competition! Advancement opportunities will remain healthy. Law dictates that selection opportunities be relatively similar over a five-year period.
26 Summary -The competitive selection process that the LDO/CWO community employs is a significant tool in the Navys Strategy for the People and ensures we retain, select, and promote our strongest performers. -Selection to LDO or CWO is a benchmark in ones career and reflects the Navys 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.
27 We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
28 Boisselles Recommended Reading About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior – COL David Hackworth, USA (Ret) The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara Quiet Strength: A Memoir – Tony Dungy How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie My American Journey – Gen. Colin Powell Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War – Mark Bowden Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir – John McCain Once an Eagle – Anton Myrer Leadership is an Art – Max De Pree Its Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy – D. Michael Abrashoff Leadership – Rudolph W. Giuliani John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy – Evan Thomas On Becoming a Leader – Warren Bennis 1776 – David McCullough The Gift of Valor: A War Story – Michael M. Phillips The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset - John C. Maxwell Read Navy Times, All Hands, and your local newspaper
29 Recommended Reading Navy Mustang: From Seaman to Officer, a Quarter Century in the United States Navy by Edgar E DeLong, Lt.Cmdr., U.S.N. (Retired)
30 FY-09 LDO/CWO (ACTIVE) SELECTION BOARD CALL OUT CAPT JAMES R. OAKES BOARD PRESIDENT 14 JAN 08 – 31 JAN 08
31 Board Composition 69 Board Members – 1 Captain (LDO) – 25 Commanders – 29 Lieutenant Commanders – 8 CWO5s – 6 CWO4s 22 Assigned Recorders (2-LCDRs, 16 LTs, and 5 CWOs). Minority Membership (28% of total board membership) – 8 Female Officers – 12 Minority Officers Minority and female representation assigned to all 4 board panels (14-29 members assigned to each panel).
32 Board Precept Guidance Selection Standard: Fully Qualified: Demonstrated leadership, professional/technical skill, integrity, and resourcefulness in other difficult and challenging joint and in-service assignments. Selection Standard: Best Qualified: The following four items guiding the recommendations and deliberations: – Proven and Sustained Performance. – Individual Augmentee (IA) Consideration. – Education/Personal and Professional Development. – Competency/Skill Information.
33 FY-09 Total Authorized Quotas and Selection Authorized Primaries SelectedAlternates Selected Enlisted to ENS (LDO) (-2) (14.6% Primary selection opportunity – 1945 designator applications) Enlisted to CWO (-3) (-3) (10.3% Primary selection opportunity – 1556 designator applications) CWO to LTJG (0% selection opportunity – 1 designator application)
34 FY-08 Total Authorized Quotas and Selection Authorized Primaries SelectedAlternates Selected Enlisted to ENS (LDO) (-4) (-3) (16.2 Primary selection opportunity – 1742 designator applications) Enlisted to CWO (-2) (-4) (10.6% Primary selection opportunity – 1610 designator applications) CWO to LTJG (83% selection opportunity – 6 designator applications)
35 Reasons For Not Selecting All Quotas The Board did not fill all quotas. Shortfalls are listed below: LDO – 6152 (Special Warfare) Selected 4 of 4 Primary and 1 of 2 Alternates (Note: Insufficient quality for 2 nd Alternate) – 6482 (EOD) Selected 3 of 3 Primary and 0 of 1 Alternate. (Note: Only 3 Applicants) CWO – 7171 (SW Combatant Crew) Selected 4 of 6 Primary and 0 of 2 Alternates. (Note: Only 4 Applicants) – 7481 (EOD Technician) Selected 1 of 2 Primary and 0 of 1 Alternate. (Note: Only 1 Applicant)
36 Profile of Personnel Selected for LDO Age:32 Sex:Male (91%) Total Years of Active Service:12.2 Years Average Years of Total Education Completed:13.6 Years Warfare Qualified:92.2% Average Number of Duty Stations:4.6 Prior Recruiting/RTC/Instructor Tours:32.2% Average Number of Sea/Overseas Tours Competed: 2.5 Average Number of Training Schools Completed:6.8 Average Number of Correspondence Courses Completed not related to advancement:11.9
37 Profile of Personnel Selected for CWO Age:37 Sex:Male (99%) Total Years of Active Service:17.5 Years Average Years of Total Education Completed:13.2 Years Warfare Qualified:100% Average Number of Duty Stations:6 Prior Recruiting/RTC/Instructor Tours:40.6% Average Number of Sea/Overseas Tours Competed: 3 Average Number of Training Schools Completed:8.6 Average Number of Correspondence Courses Completed not related to advancement:10.2
38 Six Common Characteristics of FY-09 LDO/CWO Selectees Sustained superior performance in all assignments… consistent break-outs in fitness reports with top rankings. Good Sea/Shore/Overseas rotation for the specific rating with an emphasis on increased responsibility and leadership. Successfully served in challenging key leadership positions. Successfully demonstrated technical proficiency. Evidence of continued education, personal, and professional development. Attainment of professional qualifications and experience relating to the designator applied for.
39 Selection by Paygrade
40 Guidance for applicants for future boards Work to get the top spots on fitness reports/evaluations. Break-outs are extremely important. Continue working on your education and professional qualifications. Get out of your comfort zone. Qualify as many watchstations as you can, do correspondence courses on ratings and work centers other than your own. If you are an instructor, get your Master Training Specialist (MTS). Go after billets in recruiting, instructor duty, recruit division command, etc. Board members focus on the strength of the evaluations, promotion rankings, command endorsement, interview appraisal sheets, leadership traits and the jobs you have held. Good mix of duty stations and jobs held is important. Warfare qualifications, watchstations qualifications, awards, sustained superior performance in out of rate assignments such as recruiting, instructor, etc., all earn major points.
41 Guidance for commands for future boards Carefully review applicants for the LDO/CWO program before forwarding/recommending applicants. Ensure applications are complete and accurate (ie., several applications indicated that the member had no prior civil/legal involvement yet documentation in the service record showed otherwise. Must Promote/Promotable transfer and frocking fitness reports/evaluations are generally viewed negatively by board members. Ensure application highlights experience that make applicant competitive/qualified for designators outside their traditional career path. Carefully review the announcing NAVADMIN for administrative guidance in reviewing/completing the applications.
42 References and POCs OPNAVINST A (Chapt. 7) NAVADMIN XXX/08 (approx. May) Your Command Career Counselor and local Mustang Officers Points of contact: –On the Web: – LDO/CWO OCM – CAPT Wilkie (901) ; – LT David Boisselle, U.S. Joint Forces Command; or