Not sure where you got your info, but it's been discussed on multiple threads. The NFO winging commitment is 6 years after winging.I believe the required time is ten years after one gets their wings, but how long do nfo's normally serve? and is there any reason why they would be asked to leave?
There's no limitations on your career for NFOs. You have the same opportunities as any pilot to be a CAG, commodore, carrier CO, admiral, etc. The current Supe of the Naval Academy is an NFO. As was Admiral Fallon.
Before someone points it out, no, not all pilots or FOs are eligible for all billets. CAGs are fixed-wing carrier types and traditionally big-deck phib COs are helo guys, for example. But the point is those are community-limited billets, not pilot-vs-FO limitations.
There are a few P-3 NFO's commanding L class Amphibs. It normally alternates back and forth between SWO's and Aviators. Also, CNAF and PACFLT (soon to be PACOM) are both NFO's . . .
How many have been relieved due to incompetence (or anything else for that matter)?I read somewhere recently that practice is causing heartburn among some SWOs, with some possible justification since it is their first ship command and they are not wise in the ways of the Gator Navy.