2 AGENDA Background Eligibility Application Timeline References Welcome and IntroductionsBackgroundEligibilityApplicationTimelineReferencesPoints of ContactGuest Speakers/Q&A
3 LDO/CWO Program Overview 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 executeI’m interested. Where’s the gouge?OPNAV Instruction A- Use an LDO/CWO from the designator you are applying for on your board if availableNAVADMIN 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
4 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.
5 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 NCO’s role may extend to matters stretching across “the full Navy rating spectrum.”The CWO is a technical leader and specialist who “directs technical operations.”LDOs fill “leadership and management” positions and, as they reach the higher ranks, become “more the ‘officer’ and less the ‘technician.’”2020
6 Why become an LDO or CWO?Your chance to take charge and make a difference!Opportunity to lead Sailors, Chiefs, other OfficersChallenging assignmentsIncreased responsibility and authorityBecause you’re a highly qualified leader and subject matter expert who possesses many highly honed technical skills2020
7 LDO Provides a commissioning path for outstanding E6-E9’s and CWO’s 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.
8 LDO Eligibility OPNAVINST 1420.1A U.S. citizen (legal requirement for all commissioned officers)High school graduate or GEDMeet 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 officerNo court martial or civilian conviction for other than minor offenses or NJP for 3 years prior to 1 October of year applyingAt 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 restrictionServing 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.55
9 LDO Designators SUBMARINE GENERAL SERIES SURFACE AVIATION 611X DECK X DECK612X OPS X OPERATIONS613X ENGR/REPAIR X MAINTENANCE615X SPEC WAR X ORDNANCE616X ORDNANCE X AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL618X ELECTRONICSSUBMARINE GENERAL SERIES621X DECK X COMM X NUC PWR 645X INTEL623X ENG X ADMIN 646X OCEANO626X ORD X IP 647X PHOTO628X ELECT X BAND 648X EODSTAFF CORPS 644X IW 649X SEC651X SUPPLY653X CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS1313
10 Possible LDO Actions/Mergers Approved Designator Actions:655X Legal LDO Disestablishment611X Surface Deck / 621X Sub DeckPossible merger of:628X Sub Elec / 629X Sub Com613X Surface Eng / 623X Sub Eng616X Surface Ord / 618X Surface Elect6330 Aviation Maint / 1520 Aviation Maint Duty OfficerNOTE: 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 CWOThe “Chief’s 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 Same requirements for LDO except: CWO EligibilitySame 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.
13 CWO Designators SURFACE SUBMARINE 711X BOATSWAIN 720X DIVER 712X OPERATIONS 721X BOATSWAIN713X ENGINEER TECH 723X ENGINEER TECH715X SPECIAL WARFARE X ORDNANCE TECH716X ORDNANCE X ELECTRONICS TECH717X SW COMBATANT-CRAFT GENERAL SERIESCREWMAN X NUCLEAR POWER718X ELECTRONICS X ADMIN ASST742X DATA PROCESSING/COMMAVIATION X BANDMASTER731X DECK X IW732X OPERATIONS X INTEL734X MAINTENANCE X EOD TECH736X ORDNANCE X PHYS SEC738X AVIONICSSTAFF CORPS751X SUPPLY752X FOOD SERVICE753X CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS1313
14 Possible CWO Actions/Mergers Approved Designator Actions:711X Surface Deck / 721X Sub DeckPossible merger of:723X Sub Eng / 713X Surface Eng718X Surface Elec / 716X Surface Ord.
15 LDO/CWO Preparation It’s never too early to start! Make your seniors aware of your personal goalsDevelop a strong career path and “resume”Diversify ... Sea duty, overseas, and shore toursGo after and become the LPO, LCPO or CMCEarn a warfare qualification(s)Get a college degreeGet out of your comfort zone, take such assignments as Detailing, Recruiting, InstructorGet involved with your command, take on key collateral duties - be a Career Counselor, Drug/Alcohol Advisor, Command Assessment TeamAll of these assignments are recognized by the board as both challenging and demanding
16 Don’t get discouraged! (It may take 2 or 3 times before you get selected) Keep building your “resume”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 InvolvementThere is a maximum number of points for each area. Your evaluations earn you the most points, so strive to be ranked as “Early Promote”
17 CANDIDATE CHARACTERISTICS or “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Sailors”Sustained superior performanceChallenging and diversified assignmentsPersonal and professional education and developmentCommand and community involvementAppearance and physical fitnessLeadership and maturityGoal-oriented
18 Performance Evaluations What’s important:Sustained superior performanceDemonstrated leadershipTechnical ExpertisePersonal accomplishments (quals, education)Promotion Recommendation (EP w/peer ranking; LDO/CWO potential)Complete formal education and correspondence/e-Learning coursesGet out of your comfort zone, take such assignments as Detailer, Recruiter, InstructorGet involved. Actively support your command. Take on significant key collateral duties – (Career Counselor, Drug/Alcohol Programs Advisor, Command Assessment Team)88
19 Performance Evaluations Evaluations should have data and metrics (numbers):How manyHow fastHow farHow muchImpactThe eval has to explain to the reader why you’re “the best Sailor/Chief on the waterfront!”88
20 Don’t forget to... 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 lawsIf you are a PO1, you must pass the CPO exam.1010
21 Application DO NOT deviate from OPNAVINST 1420.1A Use the sample formatRecommend you have your application reviewed by an LDO/CWO in the Designator you are applying forYou are responsible for your portion of the application, but not your CO’s endorsementApplications 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)1111
22 “I desire to become an LDO or CWO because” Use your own wordsSkip the “flowery” words and speak from your heartRemember, 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 applyingYou are world-wide assignable and are ready to tackle the tough jobs1212
23 FY-10 TIMELINE 15 Apr 08: Special Request Chit to CO 01 May 08: Application package to Admin01 Jun 08: Interviewer’s Appraisal Board01 Jul 08: CO’s endorsement prepared01 Oct 08: Package deadlineXX Jan 09: FY-10 selection board convenesXX 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/ DTG Z Jan 085 Pilots and 3 NFO will selected by July 08 SelBd.Assigned to VP, VQ(P), VQ(T), HSC, HSL, and FRSSample application with answers to FAQ available atMust be commissioned by age 27 (waivers avail)Associate’s Degree or higherPhysically qualified for aviation dutyE5 through E7 are eligible
25 What’s 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. Don’t 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 SummaryThe 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.
27 “We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today “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 Boisselle’s Recommended Reading About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior – COL David Hackworth, USA (Ret)The Killer Angels – Michael ShaaraQuiet Strength: A Memoir – Tony DungyHow to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale CarnegieMy American Journey – Gen. Colin PowellBlack Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War – Mark BowdenFaith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir – John McCainOnce an Eagle – Anton MyrerLeadership is an Art – Max De PreeIt’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy – D. Michael AbrashoffLeadership – Rudolph W. GiulianiJohn Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy – Evan ThomasOn Becoming a Leader – Warren Bennis1776 – David McCulloughThe Gift of Valor: A War Story – Michael M. PhillipsThe Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset - John C. MaxwellRead Navy Times, All Hands, and your local newspaper
29 Recommended ReadingNavy 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. OAKESBOARD PRESIDENT14 JAN 08 – 31 JAN 08
31 Board Composition 1 Captain (LDO) 8 Female Officers 69 Board Members 25 Commanders29 Lieutenant Commanders8 CWO5s6 CWO4s22 Assigned Recorders (2-LCDRs, 16 LTs, and 5 CWOs).Minority Membership (28% of total board membership)8 Female Officers12 Minority OfficersMinority 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 AuthorizedPrimaries Selected Alternates SelectedEnlisted 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 AuthorizedPrimaries Selected Alternates SelectedEnlisted 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:LDO6152 (Special Warfare) Selected 4 of 4 Primary and 1 of 2 Alternates(Note: Insufficient quality for 2nd Alternate)6482 (EOD) Selected 3 of 3 Primary and 0 of 1 Alternate.(Note: Only 3 Applicants)CWO7171 (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:Sex: Male (91%)Total Years of Active Service: YearsAverage Years of Total Education Completed: YearsWarfare Qualified: %Average Number of Duty Stations:Prior Recruiting/RTC/Instructor Tours: %Average Number of Sea/Overseas Tours Competed: 2.5Average Number of Training Schools Completed: 6.8Average Number of Correspondence CoursesCompleted not related to advancement:
37 Profile of Personnel Selected for CWO Age:Sex: Male (99%)Total Years of Active Service: YearsAverage Years of Total Education Completed: YearsWarfare Qualified: %Average Number of Duty Stations: 6Prior Recruiting/RTC/Instructor Tours: %Average Number of Sea/Overseas Tours Competed: 3Average Number of Training Schools Completed: 8.6Average Number of Correspondence CoursesCompleted not related to advancement:
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.
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 1420.1A (Chapt. 7) NAVADMIN XXX/08 (approx. May)Your Command Career Counselor and local Mustang OfficersPoints of contact:On the Web:LDO/CWO OCM – CAPT Wilkie (901) ;LT David Boisselle, U.S. Joint Forces Command; or