PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy Personnel Command's (NPC) fleet engagement team met with Limited Duty Officers (LDO), Chief Warrant Officers (CWO) and Sailors interested in becoming LDO/CWO's about the future health of their community at Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) Aug. 22.
"The Navy's LDO and CWO communities are critical to the Navy's success," said Rear Adm. Don Quinn, commander, Naval Education and Training Command. "Their technical expertise and seasoned leadership provides an invaluable bridge between the hands-on technical work of the enlisted Sailors and the tactical leadership of the officers in the wardroom. Throughout my career I've benefitted from having many LDO and CWO mentors and as the flag sponsor for this group of professionals I've been privileged to observe their continued growth."
Capt. Len Friddle, NPC's LDO community manager, and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mitch Allen, CWO community manager, explained to area "Mustangs" how Chief of Naval Personnel's Sustainability Initiative to be implemented in October of 2014 will affect their progress, selection boards, career management, promotions and retirement.
"The LDO and CWO community is undergoing the largest overhaul in the history of the community," said Allen. "The main focus of the initiative is how the LDOs and CWOs progress through their careers. As a result, every community designator now has a viable and sustainable pyramid from the top of the ranks to the bottom that will enable individuals to reach their full potential within their designator."
Afterwards Friddle and Allen explained to Sailors wanting to become Mustangs the new requirements for time in service, and how the initiative will affect them.
"The fleet engagement program is a critical cornerstone to receiving the requisite amount of interested and qualified annual applicants to the LDO and CWO program," said Lt. Julio Peterson, assistant LDO community manager.
The visit to Pensacola concluded the team's tour throughout the South East region, meeting with area "Mustangs" at Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. and bases in the Jacksonville, Fla. area.
Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer are two separate programs that provide the Navy with officer technical managers and technical specialists who exercise leadership in key positions throughout the service. Combined, these two communities make up more than 11 percent of the officer corps. Both programs provide the opportunity for outstanding senior enlisted personnel to compete for a commission.
As officer technical managers of the line or staff corps, LDOs progressively advance within broad technical fields related to their former enlisted ratings. They fill leadership and management positions at the ensign through captain level that require technical backgrounds and skills not attainable through normal development within other officer designators. LDOs serve as, but are not limited to serving as, division officers, department heads, OICs, XOs and COs, ashore or afloat.
Today, as commissioned officers of the line or staff corps, Navy CWOs possess the authority and are qualified by extensive experience and knowledge to direct the most difficult and exacting operations within a given occupational specialty. Although intended primarily as technical specialists, CWOs may also serve as division officers, department heads, OICs, XO and CO, ashore or afloat.
For more information about the LDO/CWO community or how to become a "Mustang," visit http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/officer/communitymanagers/ldo_cwo/Pages/default.aspx.
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