Read OPNAVINST 1420.1B (and NAVADMIN 281/12) which is applicable for the FY-05 commissioning year and beyond. Go over it carefully before starting your application, making note of sections applicable to you as an individual candidate. This is your source document for submitting an application, only language or policy promulgated by a more current NAVADMIN message for the current application cycle will override what is written in this directive.
The application is actually a resume. The format is standardized because selection board members must read hundreds of them, and it is easier if they are all alike. Think of your package as one of many applications for the same great job -- you have to beat out the competition.
You won't get extra points for thickness. Do not include information that is in your microfiche service record unless required by OPNAVINST 1420.1B.
Be sure the application is "COMPLETE," in the proper format and that spelling and grammar are correct. Your personal statement at the end of your application is very important; it's your chance to tell the board why you want to be an LDO or CWO. Be brief -- no more than two or three short paragraphs.
There are no "required" or "right" correspondence courses. A good blend of technical/non-technical courses will help, especially if done over a number of years and not just since you decided to apply. Consider taking enlisted rating courses of the other source ratings that are also in the normal path of advancement for the designator for which you are applying.
Candidates may submit commendatory correspondence after submission of the application until 1 December of the year in which the board is scheduled to convene.
Finally, ask an LDO or CWO to go over your application with you. Listen to what they say -- they've been there.
THE INTERVIEW BOARD
The interview board helps the Commanding Officer (CO) evaluate the candidate's potential as a career officer. The CO's recommendation should be consistent with the board's comments or an explanation should be provided. OPNAVINST 1420.1B is very specific in addressing the board's purpose and composition. Designator and rank of the interviewer must be entered in the lower right hand block of the Interviewer Appraisal Sheet.
Many interviewers do not mark and annotate the "POTENTIAL" block on the interview form. That section applies to LDO/CWO candidates and must be completed. OPNAVINST 1420.1B specifically states that although the potential block is designed for candidates other than LDO/CWO, the interviewers are required to complete this block.
There is no official policy regarding giving or showing a copy of the interview sheets to applicants following the local interview board. This is left up to the discretion of the interview board members and the applicant's commanding officer. Interview board members are encouraged to provide applicants with verbal feedback regarding their appraisals at the conclusion of the interview. Applications from all qualified applicants should be forwarded to CHNAVPERS (Pers-803) unless the person is specifically not recommended by their commanding officer.
The CO's Recommendation is critical. It must be specific as to why an applicant is better than his/her competition -- hard to do if not true. Weak praise may hurt the candidate. If the CO does not recommend a candidate for commissioning, the application should not be forwarded by the command.
An applicant must be recommended by the CO to be eligible for consideration. If the applicant is applying for two designators, the CO's recommendation must address qualifications for both.
If the candidate is not professionally competitive, he or she should be told so and counseled on ways to improve.
Recommendation must be personally signed by the CO, not "By direction". The CO's recommendation verifies the accuracy of the applicant's statements, as well as all enclosures.
CO's endorsement must contain the following statement. "Applicant meets all requirements outlined in OPNAVINST 1420.1B, NAVADMIN 281/12, and the Physical Fitness Standards of OPNAVINST 6110.1J."
IN-SERVICE PROCUREMENT BOARD
LDOs and CWOs are selected for appointment by In-Service Procurement Selection Boards. A new board is convened each fiscal year, usually in January, for approximately three weeks. The results are normally released to the fleet by NAVADMIN message in February. Selectees are commissioned monthly, beginning 1 October. Details are included in the message.
In addition to senior LDOs, board membership includes officers of the line and various staff corps to allow the senior member of the board to establish internal panels with a good knowledge of the requirements of each occupational specialty. Each member of the board is sworn to select the best qualified candidates without prejudice or partiality.
In-service boards consider applicants for appointment in the designator (s) they have requested. If a candidate requests consideration in more than one designator (the maximum that can be requested is two), the board recommends the individual for appointment only in the designator for which he or she is considered best qualified.
The board recommends candidates for appointment in numbers not to exceed the quotas furnished by the Chief of Naval Personnel. However, the board is not obligated to select to the numbers provided if, in its opinion, sufficient numbers of applicants are not qualified for appointment in a particular designator.
ELIGIBILITY - GETTING STARTED
Again, you must read and be familiar with OPNAVINST 1420.1 (series)(and NAVADMIN 281/12). Go over it carefully before starting your application, making note of sections applicable to you as an individual candidate.
- Review the current NAVADMIN message, updated annually during the month of May which identifies this year's specific requirments.
-Check your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) for completeness. Look for missing/misfiled evaluations, qualifications, awards, etc. Make corrections as soon as possible.
-Obtain a copy of your OMPF (CD format) to ensure it is also current. To order your CD go to "Ordering and Reviewing Your OMPF".
-First Class Petty Officers who wish to apply for LDO must have taken the CPO exam in January of the year the application is due to NPC and be selection board eligible. The current year exam "profile sheet" must accompany the application.
-All inquiries concerning the application, including verification of its receipt, should be directed to PERS-803.
TIME IN SERVICE ELIGIBILITY
Time in Service Eligibility is calculated as of 1 October for the year you are applying (ie...if applying for FY16, then 1 October 2015 is the year for which you are applying. Applications must be postmarked no later than 1 October in the year you are applying, and addenda to applications must be received no later than 1 December in that same year.
Eligibility Requirements common to both Active Duty and Inactive Duty LDO and CWO Programs
a. Service requirement:
(1) Active duty applicants must be serving on active duty at the time application is made, and if selected they must remain on active duty until the appointment is tendered.
(2) Inactive duty applicants must have been serving in a drilling unit (pay or non-pay) of the Ready Reserve for at least 1 year at the time application is made, and if selected, they must remain in a drill status until the appointment is tendered. Members who were serving under Regular Navy or TAR enlistment, and who enlist in the Ready Reserve with assignment to a drilling unit (pay or non-pay) within 90 days following release from active duty do not need to complete the prescribed 1 year time period in a drilling unit.
b. U.S. citizenship is required and cannot be waived.
c. Must be of good moral character and have no record of disciplinary action under Article 15, Uniform Code of Military Justice, no courts martial conviction or civilian felony conviction, or conviction by a civil court for misdemeanors (except minor traffic violations ($300.00 or less)) in the past 3 years as of 1 October of the year application is made. Any substantiated drug or alcohol abuse within the last 3 years as of 1 October of the year application is made will result in disqualification.
d. Must be a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate.
e. Must be physically qualified for appointment per the physical standards outlined in the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15.
f. Must meet physical fitness standards of satisfactory-medium or higher per OPNAVINST 6110.1 at the time of application and appointment.
g. Must not exceed High Year Tenure (HYT) requirements outlined in reference (b).
h. Personnel in LIMDU/HUMS (Active Duty) or Not Physically Qualified/Temporarily Not Physically Qualified (NPQ/TNPQ) Status (Inactive Duty).
(1) Active duty personnel serving in Humanitarian/ Hardship (HUMS) or Limited Duty (LIMDU) assignments will not be permitted to accept their commission until the special situation is completely resolved. In the event an individual is assigned to HUMS or LIMDU on the effective date of commissioning, the commanding officer will hold the appointment in abeyance and notify PERS-801G by message or official correspondence of the circumstances. If the HUMS or LIMDU situation is not resolved within 60 days of commissioning date, the commanding officer will request further instructions from PERS-803.
(2) Inactive duty personnel serving in Not Physically Qualified (NPQ) or Temporarily Not Physically Qualified (TNPQ) status will not be permitted to accept their commission until their status is completely resolved. In the event an individual is assigned to NPQ or TNPQ status on the effective date of commissioning, the unit commanding officer will hold the appointment in abeyance and notify PERS-92 by message or official correspondence of the circumstances. If the NPQ or TNPQ status is not resolved within 60 days of commissioning date, the unit commanding officer will request further instructions from PERS-91C.
i. Service with the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and/or Coast Guard may be credited to meet the minimal service requirement when it can be clearly documented, by the applicant, that service in another branch provided the requisite training, knowledge, and expertise that directly relates to and parallels the needs and requirements of the naval service. If applicable, comments regarding experience gained in another branch of service, to include relation of the experience with the Navy's needs and requirements, should be included in the applicant's personal statement of the Officer Programs Application. The commanding officer will attest to such qualifications in his/her endorsing statement.
j. Favorably recommended by their commanding officer. (Inactive duty applicants must be favorably recommended by their unit commanding officer).
k. Must meet color perception requirements. Defective color perception is disqualifying for appointment in the following designators:
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||711x; 712x; 715x; 716x;|
|629x; 636x; 639x; 640x;
||717X; 726x; |
Enlisted eligibility requirements for the active duty and inactive duty LDO Program
In addition to the eligibility requirements listed on the eligibility page, LDO applicants must also meet the following requirements:
a. Be serving as a Petty Officer First Class (E-6) or Chief Petty Officer (E-7 through E-9). An E-6 must have served in that capacity for at least 1 year as of 1 October of the year application is made. Such service shall be computed from the time-in-rate (TIR) date for an E-6. If broken service is involved, a PO1 must have served a total of at least 1 year as an E-6 as of 1 October of the year application is made.
b. E-6 applicants must complete all eligibility requirements for E-7 (except TIR and LTC) and must successfully compete in the annual Navy-wide examination for advancement to Chief Petty Officer, receiving a final multiple equal to, or greater than, the minimum final multiple for E-7 selection board eligibility. Personnel accepted to the LDO program attend leadership training via the LDO/CWO Officer Indoctrination School. Therefore Leadership Training Continuum is not required for E-6 taking the E-7 exam for the express purpose of applying for LDO. E-6 applicants must forward a copy of their most current examination profile sheet with their application. An E-6 is exempt from the requirements of this subparagraph when notification has been received by the commanding officer that the individual is a selectee for Chief Petty Officer or that advancement to Chief Petty Officer has been authorized.
c. Active duty Time-in-Service (TIS) and inactive duty Total Qualifying Federal Service (TQFS) requirements:
(1) Active duty personnel must have completed at least 8, but not more than 14 years of active naval service (day-for-day) exclusive of Active Duty for Training (ADT) in the Naval, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve as of 1 October of the year application is made.
(2) Inactive duty personnel must have completed at least 8, but not more than 16 years of total qualifying Federal service as of 1 October of the year application is made. Total qualifying Federal service for the purpose of this instruction is defined in Title 10, U.S.C., Section 12732 as time served with a component of the naval service. In computing the qualifying service eligibility requirement for Ready Reservists, constructive time cannot be credited.
(3) Active duty Chief Petty Officers and Senior Chief Petty Officers with 14 years of active duty may apply for both the LDO and CWO programs in the same application, but only one designator for each program may be requested.
(4) Inactive duty Chief Petty Officers and Senior Chief Petty Officers with no more than 16 years of total qualifying federal service respectively may apply for both the LDO and CWO programs in the same application, but only one designator for each program may be requested.
Eligibility for the Active Duty and Inactive Duty (LTJG) LDO Program
(1) Be serving as a Chief Warrant Officer.
(2) If applying for LDO (LTJG), CWOs must have completed at least 2 years of active duty as a CWO and be between 14 and 16 years of total active service immediately preceding 1 October of the year application is made. Such service shall be computed from initial date of rank as a CWO and active duty base date. Applicants are ineligible to apply if they are in a one-time failure to select (1x FOS) status as a CWO as of the convening date of the boards.
Enlisted Eligibility Requirements for the Active Duty and Inactive Duty CWO Program
In addition to the eligibility requirements listed in paragraph 5, CWO applicants must also meet the following requirements:
a. Be a Chief Petty Officer (E-7 through E-9), including E-6 personnel, when notification has been received by the commanding officer that the individual is a selectee for Chief Petty Officer or that advancement to Chief Petty Officer has been authorized, and serving on active duty or as a member of the Ready Reserve in a drilling unit (pay or non-pay) for inactive duty applicants.
b. Active Time in Service and inactive duty total qualifying Federal Service requirements:
(1) Active duty personnel must have completed at least 14, but not more than 20 years of active naval service (day-for-day) exclusive of Active Duty for Training (ADT) in the Naval, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve as of 1 October of the year application is made.
(2) Inactive duty personnel must have completed at least 12, but not more than 24 years of total qualifying Federal service as of 1 October of the year application is made. Total qualifying Federal service for the purpose of this instruction is defined in Title 10, U.S.C., Section 12732 as time served with a component of the naval service. In computing the qualifying service eligibility requirement for Ready Reservists, constructive time cannot be credited.
(3) Current Policy for Master Chief Petty Officers/E9: Active duty E-9 are appointed to CWO3 regardless of TIR. Chief and Senior Chief Petty Officers: Active duty E-7 and E-8 are appointed to CWO2 regardless of TIR.