I recently wrote an article on this website about the need to determine a way ahead with regards to our Limited Duty Officer program.  It looks like a decision has been made…

Behold…

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RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN announces the ongoing limited duty officer (LDO) and chief warrant officer (CWO) sustainability initiative (OSI) which commenced
in July 2010.  The Chief of Naval Personnel has established off-ramp
opportunities for specific LDO communities identified in reference (a).  OSI
off-ramps encourage LDOs in the Information Warfare Community (IWC) and
Supply Corps to lateral transfer/re-designate into their restricted line (RL)
and staff corps counterpart designators, establishing clear career
progression and promotion opportunity congruent with the needs of the Navy.

2.  Beginning in FY-17, there will be zero funded control grade (O4-O6)
billets for LDOs in the IWC and Supply Corps. 
The desired end state is to
create stable RL and staff corps communities with the accession of LDOs that
transition to their RL and staff counterpart designators through off-ramps
per paragraph 3 of this NAVADMIN.  To provide maximum promotion opportunities

for IWC and Supply LDOs, the following active and reserve component LDO
designators are identified for off-ramp to corresponding RL/staff
designators:

FROM LDO DESIGNATOR (DES)                     TO RL/STAFF DES
6510  Supply LDO                                                 3100 – Supply
6800  Oceanography (OCEANO) LDO                1800  OCEANO
6810  Information Warfare (IW) LDO                  1810  IW
6820/6825  Information Professional (IP) LDO    1820/1825  IP
6830/6835  Intelligence (INTEL) LDO                 1830/1835  INTEL

3.  Off-ramps will be executed in one of two ways:

    a.  Active component IWC and Supply lieutenant LDOs may voluntarily apply
for redesignation via the semi-annual lateral transfer and redesignation
board.  LDOs with four to eight years of commissioned service (YCS) are best
suited due to career timing considerations.  All applicants must be within
six months of completing a baccalaureate degree and meet all other
eligibility requirements outlined in reference (b).

    b.  Active Component IWC and Supply lieutenant commanders, commanders, and captain LDOs may voluntarily apply for redesignation without board action

(WOBA) to their counterpart RL/staff designator, per reference (a).  LDOs in
this category are encouraged to take advantage of WOBA eligibility to
maximize future promotion opportunity.  Applicants for WOBA must meet
eligibility requirements for lateral transfer outlined in reference (b), as
well as any community specific requirements outlined in statutory promotion
briefs, convening orders, and program authorizations.  LDOs interested in
WOBA should contact their respective officer community manager (listed in
paragraph 6) for further information.

4.  For the most up-to-date lateral transfer application process, visit the
Enlisted Boards Branch (PERS-803) website at
http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-
npc/boards/administrative/transferredesignation/pages/default.aspx.

5.  Reserve component IWC LDOs are encouraged to voluntarily apply for
redesignation via the established change of designator process outlined in
reference (c).  LDOs with four to eight YCS are best suited due to career
timing considerations.  IWC reserve redesignation is continuous throughout
the year and does not culminate in a specific board.  Reserve applicants must
possess a baccalaureate degree, meet eligibility requirements in reference
(c), as well as any community specific requirements outlined in statutory
promotion briefs, convening orders, and program authorizations.

6.  Points of contact

    a.  LDO career path and policy:  CAPT Bill Johnson, at (901)874-3042/DSN
882 or via e-mail at william.r.johnson11(at)navy.mil.
b.  IWC community managers are:
1) OCEANO  CDR Christi Montgomery, at (901)874-2461/DSN 882
or via e-mail at christi.montgomery(at)navy.mil.
2) IW  LCDR Seth Lawrence, at (901)874-3123/DSN 882 or via
e-mail at lemuel.lawrence(at)navy.mil.
3) IP  CDR Tracy Hines, at (901)874-2846/DSN 882 or via
e-mail at tracy.hines(at)navy.mil.
4) INTEL  CDR James Scarcelli, at (901)874-3426/DSN 882, or
via e-mail at james.scarcelli(at)navy.mil.
5) IWC Reserve  Patricia Pifer, at (901)874-2976/DSN 882 or
via e-mail at patricia.pifer(at)navy.mil.
c.  Supply Corps community managers are:
1) CDR Cielo Almanza, at (901)874-3189/DSN 882 or via e-mail
at cielo.almanza(at)navy.mil.
2) Beth Schudel, at (901)874-3133/DSN 882 or via e-mail at
beth.schudel(at)navy.mil.
d.  For lateral transfer application and eligibility questions contact:
1) CWO4 Mitch Allen, at (901)874-3170/DSN 882 or via e-mail
at mitchell.d.allen(at)navy.mil.
2) Linda Coffield, at (901)874-3171/DSN 882 or via e-mail at
linda.coffield(at)navy.mil.

7.  File this NAVADMIN per reference (b).

8.  Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//

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A few key points:
  • Future Cryptologic Warfare LDOs will not be able to advance past LT.
  • Those desiring to serve past the rank of LT must apply for lateral transfer.
  • Selection for lateral transfer is not guaranteed.
Discuss.
v/r
Chuck