Okay ladies...I have a few questions. My husband is seriously considering putting in an LDO package this coming year. I don't typically talk about rank stuff online but I wanted some opinions from those who have done this before. My husband is in the Navy, and he's a Chief (E-7), elligible for Senior Chief (E-8). He's been active duty for almost 15 years, and he made Chief at 11 years. He's been approached several times by LDOs in his command about putting in a package and he was called in to a meeting yesterday afternoon by some senior LDOs telling him that he NEEDS to put in a package as he'd be stupid not to (they were joking but you get the point). He came home telling me about it, and we were seriously discussing this over dinner.
He's a submariner and I know he'd have to go surface fleet for this as there aren't LDOs (at least not many) on subs, which is fine. What I like about the LDO program is that he can go do 2 years on a ship, then most likely have a shore duty type job (no deployments) for the remainder of his career (or the majority of it). That is very appealing to our family since we have a special needs child with a lot of medical needs. The ability for him to stay in close to 30 years is extremely appealing to both of us...better retirement for sure!
Any serious thoughts/opinions are greatly appreciated!