The LDO and CWO webpage is provided as a centralized, easy to use source of professional information to assist
active duty LDOs, CWOs and those who are considering applying for these programs with the ability to quickly
research pertinent subjects and keep abreast of the latest news. There are links to numerous related sites and
contact information for the Community Manager and Detailers.
The Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer Community supports the war-fighting capability and readiness of
Naval Forces through leadership, technical proficiency, and experience. We are the primary manpower source for
technically specific billets not best suited for traditional Unrestricted Line, Restricted Line or Staff Corps career
path Officers. Using critical enlisted experience, we are committed to the continuous leadership, improvement, training
and mentoring of Sailors.
We will achieve and maintain the highest degree of technical excellence within our specialties in order to ensure we
are poised to continuously contribute to the war-fighting capability and readiness of Naval Forces.
Fundamental to this vision is our ability to constantly strive for improvement through training, education, qualifications,
and being fully integrated with our fellow wardroom members. We will seek out the toughest challenges in our command and
do our utmost to positively influence them.
We will at all times maintain the highest standards of personal integrity, setting the example for those with whom we work
and those who we lead. We will always be personally and professionally prepared to support the manning requirements of the
Navy and ask for the most challenging assignments commensurate with our rank.
We are a community with great pride and history. We will honor those who paved the way for us by remaining humble through
our actions and actively searching for and mentoring those Sailors who possess the technical expertise and leadership traits
required in a wardroom in order to groom them to one day relieve us. Our success will be known to those who follow us by
the reverence in which our community is held by the Navy.
Limited Duty Officer & Chief Warrant Officer Programs
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. Currently a college degree is not required to apply however, a more educated force and
a recognition of the professional benefits of education will certainly make a college degree required for future promotion.
Limited Duty Officers (LDOs)
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 background 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.
Chief Warrant Officers (CWOs)
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, and OICs.
Head LDO and CWO Community Manager CWO Community Manager
(901) 874-3042 (DSN 882) (901) 874-2464 (DSN 882)
Assistant LDO and CWO Community Manager FAX: (901) 874-2138
(901) 874-2236 (DSN 882)
LDO and CWO Community Managers
Bureau of Naval Personnel THREE
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-0003
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