| Appointment to Limited Duty Officer (LDO)
The Marine LDO Procurement (Appointment) Program
The LDO program is used to provide technically oriented officers
to perform duties that are limited to specific military occupational
specialties (MOSS), require authority and responsibility greater
than that normally expected of a WO, require strong managerial skills,
and are outside the normal development pattern for unrestricted
officers or for which no unrestricted officers are available.
The Marine LDO Appointment Process
To be appointed as a Marine LDO, a candidate must first meet the
eligibility requirements, submit the LDO application in accordance
with SECNAVINST 1120.11a, and finally be selected by the LDO Selection
The Basic Eligibility Requirements To be eligible to apply for
the LDO Program, and appointment as a LDO in the Regular Marine
Corps, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be serving as a permanent chief warrant officer in the Regular
Marine Corps with not less than 8 years of warrant officer service
and have not less than 10 nor more than 20 years of active naval
- Must be qualified, without any additional training, for the
MOS for which appointment is desired.
- Have no record of conviction by a general, special, or summary
court-martial, nor have any record of conviction by a civil court
for any offense, other than minor traffic violations.
- Be a high school graduate or possess the service accepted equivalent
as prescribed by existing directives.
- Be of good moral character and of unquestioned loyalty to the
- Meet the requisite physical standards for appointment as a
LDO prescribed by the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter
15. Selectees who fail to meet the minimum physical standards
for appointment may be appointed upon the recommendation of the
Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and waiver of the standard(s)
by CMC (MR).
- Be able to be satisfactorily cleared by a National Agency Check.
- Must meet such additional eligibility criteria as may be prescribed
by CMC (MR) in an annual Marine Corps bulletin (1040 series) soliciting
applications for the LDO Program.
- Be favorably recommended for appointment by the commanding
The Application Process
require authority and responsibility greater than that normally
expected of a WO.
Eligible permanent CWOS must submit a written application for appointment
as an LDO per SECNAVINST 1120.11a and the procedures prescribed by
CMC in annualMarine Corps bulletins (1040 series) soliciting applications
for the LDO Program. All applications for appointment to LDO will
use the format shown in enclosure (5) of SECNAVINST 1120.11a.
The MOSs for which application is made by an applicant shall be listed
in order of preference. An applicant may apply for appointment in
not more than two MOSS for which qualified. The MOSS for which application
is made shall be as prescribed by CMC in annual Marine Corps bulletins
(1040 series) soliciting applications for the LDO Program.
Commanders shall ensure that only applications from those who meet
all of the eligibility requirements for appointment contained in SECNAVINST
1120.11a and in the annual Marine Corps bulletin (1040 series) soliciting
applications for the LDO Program are submitted.
In this regard, commanders shall certify in their endorsement to the
application that the applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements
for appointment. If a waiver of certain eligibility requirements is
requested, commanders shall address the waiver request in their endorsement.
In addition comprehensive recommendations by commanders in the endorsing
chain of command are a vital part of the application as a real time
evaluation of an individualís performance and potential as a LDO and
are of great value to the board. Recommendations based on personal
interviews are strongly encouraged. Use one of the following in the
The Selection Board Process
- Recommended with enthusiasm.
- Recommended with confidence.
- Recommended with reservation.
- Not recommended.
Appointments as LDOS under the provisions of SECNAVINST 1120.1a will
be made only upon approval of a report submitted by a board of officers
appointed by precept of CMC, to recommend eligible personnel for such
Each board may recommend for appointment as an LDO in specific MOSs
eligible applicants in numbers not in excess of the numbers furnished
it by CMC. Those numbers may include allocations for LDOS required
in specific MOSs. The board is not obligated to select to the number
authorized to be recommended for appointment as LDOS or to the number
authorized to be recommended for assignment in each MOS.
Each board shall consider eligible applicants for appointment in the
MOSs that the applicants have requested. The board, however, may recommend
the individual for appointment only in an MOS for which best suited
for service as a LDO.
Each board will submit one or more written reports signed by all voting
members and the recorder(s). Each report shall certify that, in the
opinion of at least a majority of the members, the applicants recommended
therein are qualified for appointment as LDOS and are the best qualified
for appointment as LDOS in the MOS for which recommended of all the
applicants considered by the board.
The LDO Appointment
Selectees will be appointed as permanent LDOS or temporary LDOS in
the grade of captain under 10 U.S.C. 5589 or 5596, as specified in
annual Marine Corps bulletins (1040 series) soliciting applications
for the LDO Program.
Permanent appointments under 10 U.s.c. 5589 are made by SECNAV, acting
for the President following Senate confirmation. Temporary appointments
under 10 U.s.c. 5596 are made by SECNAV.