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Navy Seeking Applicants for LDO/CWO Programs 

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Navy is seeking applications from highly qualified Sailors in pay grades E-6 through E-9 for the Fiscal Year 2013 Active Limited Duty Officer (LDO) and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) programs, officials announced July 27.

“Limited duty officers and chief warrant officers bring a variety of experience and perspective into the wardroom from their enlisted service,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mitch Allen, assistant LDO/CWO community manager, Bureau of Naval Personnel. “The LDO /CWO career paths provide additional leadership opportunities and enhance a Sailor’s ability to contribute to the Navy.”

The LDO and CWO communities have designators in the surface, submarine, aviation, general series and staff corps communities and serve in a variety of leadership billets within their technical fields, ranging from division officer to commanding officer ashore.

Eligibility requirements for LDO include US citizenship, serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9 or an E-6 who has passed the exam for E-7. Active-duty applicants for LDO must have at least eight, but not more than 16 years of active-duty service.

Eligibility requirements for CWO include US citizenship, serving in pay grade E-7 through E-9. Active-duty applicants for CWO must have at least 12, but not more than 22 years of active-duty service.

These programs do not require applicants to have a college degree. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2011.

Eligible Sailors should apply for the designator for which they are most qualified, regardless of their current rating. Upon commissioning, Sailors selected for LDO/CWO will attend the four-week Officer Development School in Newport, R.I.

Sailors may learn more about the LDO/CWO communities in the 2011 LDO/CWO Guidebook available at

Complete application procedures, eligibility requirements and links to other resources can be found in NAVADMIN 224/11, available on the Navy Personnel Command website at


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