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US Army Warrant Officers are technical experts, combat leaders, trainers, and advisors who specialize, throughout an entire career, in a specific technical area. The US Army Warrant Officer cohort comprises less than three percent of the total US Army strength. Although small in size, the level of responsibility is immense and only the very best are selected to become US Army Warrant Officers. The Warrant Officer serves as the technical and tactical experts, as the leader of a team, and are highly trained in their field.

We are looking for the ELITE members of the force. If you are driven to excel, competent in your field, and believe you have the qualities to stand out from the average and mediocre, GIVE US A CALL!

Warrant Officer Administrative Requirements

Army GT Score of 110. (GT improvement course available)

US Citizenship. (No Waivers)

FINAL Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance. Interim clearances will not satisfy the requirement. (No Waivers)

Pass the standard 3-event Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) or the ACFT and meet height/weight standards.

Pass the commissioning Chapter 2 physical for Technicians or the Class 1 flight physical for Aviators.

All applicants must have 12 months remaining on their enlistment contract.

Age Requirements: Aspiring Technicians must be 46 years of age or less at the time of the board. Aspiring Aviators must be less than 32 years old at time of Federal Recognition Board. (Waiverable)

Most Warrant Officer (WO) Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) require you to be at least pay grade E5 or higher with 4-6 years of experience in a skill/feeder MOS that is closely associated with a WOMOS. Review the Prerequisites and Duty Descriptions to determine if you are doing very similar work to one of the WOMOSs at:

Ready For The Challenge - Start The Process

Contact the Warrant Officer Strength Managers to help determine eligibility. Once you have met the administrative requirements and the Warrant Officer MOS specific prerequisites, the next step is assembling a Predetermination Packet  application for submission to Proponent.

Upon acceptance of Proponent and Federal Recognition you will attend Warrant Officer Candidate School. 

Federal or State School - Choice Your Path 

The mission of the Warrant Officer Candidate School is to educate, train, and inspire candidates so that each graduate is an officer who is a leader of character committed to doing what is right legally, morally, and ethically both on or off duty. An officer who is committed to professional growth through life-long learning; and who embraces the requirements of selfless service to subordinates, superiors, our Nation, and the Constitution. Training, Advising, and Counseling (TAC) Officers along with academic instructors prepare, coach, teach, mentor, train, advise plus counsel candidates, preparing them to assume responsibilities of a U.S. Army officer

Federal Warrant Officer Candidate School (5 weeks) at Fort Rucker 

State Warrant Officer Candidate School (preferred) held one weekend/month (during IDT) + Two week final phase (Annual Training) for approximately 6 months.

You will be appointed Warrant Officer One upon graduation. 

Received Your Appointment, Now off to Skills Training

Next you will attend your follow on WO MOS training, Warrant Officer Basic Course. 

The purpose of the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) to certify warrant officers as
technically and tactically competent to serve as warrant officers in a designated specialty. WOBC is the first major test a newly appointed officer must pass to continue serving in the Army as a warrant officer, as W01 appointments and award of a Warrant Officer MOS are contingent upon successfully completing WOBC.

WOBC prepares newly appointed officers for their first duty assignments and all subsequent assignments as W01s/CW2s. This course is proponent (branch) developed and administered to all warrant officers upon completion of Warrant Officer Candidate School. The primary focus of WOBC is MOS specific, augmented with common-core subjects. The common-core subjects are designated by a Task Site Selection Board and monitored by the Warrant Officer Career College.

Timeline for Warrant Officer Basic Course varies according to specialty. 


WO Title

Enlisted Feeder MOS


Construction Engineering Technician

12H, K, N, P, Q, R, T, W


Geospatial Engineering Technician

12Y, 35F, 35G


Field Artillery Technician

13B, 13J, 13F, 13M, 13R, 11C, 11B or 19D


Command and Control Systems Integrator

14E, 14G, 14H, 14P, 14S, 14T, 15P (ADAM Cell Exp.), 15Q, 25B, 25U and 29E; USAF: (AFSC: 1C3XX, 1C3XX); USN (Rating: IT, YN and CTM); USMC (Job code: 06XX)


Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (TUAS) Operations Technician

15W, 15E - USMC MOS 7314/6214; USAF AFSC 1U0X1; USN NEC 8361-4, 6-8 (MOS Prerequisite Waiver Required for ALL sister service)


Aviation Maintenance Technician

15B, D, F, G, H, K, N, R, S, T, U, X, Y


Rotary Wing Aviator

All MOSs


Electronic Warfare Technician

Preferred 17E MOS (35S, 18E, 19D and 25 Series MOS May Apply)


Special Forces Warrant Officer

All CMF 18 MOS


Information Services Technician

All MOSs (Must have 4 years IT experience IAW prerequisites)


Network Management Technician

All MOSs (Must have 4 years IT experience IAW prerequisites)


Legal Administrator

27D (All other enlisted MOSs - including Sister Services -- may apply with approved waiver).


All Source Intelligence Technician



Counterintelligence Technician



Human Intelligence Collection Technician

35M, (USMC 0211 for USAR/ANG ONLY)


SIGINT Analysis Technician

35N, 35P


Military Intelligence Systems Maintenance/Integration Technician



Human Resources Technician



Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Technician



Mobility Officer

88N, 88M, 88H(Preferred) Open to ALL enlisted MOSs (Must meet defined prerequisites)


Ammunition Warrant Officer

89A, 89B, 89D


Armament Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer

91A, F, M, P; Master Gunners w/ ASIs A8, K8, and J3


Allied Trades Warrant Officer

91E, X


Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer

91A, B, H, L, M, P, S, X,


Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer

91B, C, D, L, H, X, 91J


Property Accounting Technician



Supply Systems Technician

92A, 68J


Airdrop Systems Technician



Food Service Technician

92G, 68M

Ready To Begin - Contact Us!


Jason D. Hartley
Warrant Officer Strength Manager
Washington Army National Guard
Office: 253-912-3145
Cell: 307-248-3810
[email protected]

Mikie T. Brown
Warrant Officer Strength Manager
Washington Army National Guard
Cell: (601) 447-0867
[email protected]


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Warrant officer

Military rank

Warrant officer (WO) is a rank or category of ranks in the armed forces of many countries. Depending on the country, service, or historical context, warrant officers are sometimes classified as the most junior of the commissioned ranks, the most senior of the non-commissioned officer (NCO) ranks, or in a separate category of their own. Warrant officer ranks are especially prominent in the militaries of Commonwealth nations and the United States.

The name of the rank originated in medieval England. It was first used during the 13th century, in the Royal Navy, where Warrant Officers achieved the designation by virtue of their accrued experience or seniority, and technically held the rank by a warrant—rather than by a formal commission (as in the case of a commissioned officer). Nevertheless, WOs in the British services have traditionally been considered and treated as distinct from non-commissioned officers, as such (even though neither group has, technically, held a commission).

Warrant officers in the United States are classified in rank category "W" (NATO "WO"), which is distinct from "O" (commissioned officers) and "E" (enlisted personnel). However, Chief Warrant Officers are officially commissioned, on the same basis as commissioned officers, and take the same oath. US WOs are usually experts in a particular technical field, with long service as enlisted personnel; in some cases, however, direct entrants may become WOs—for example, individuals completing helicopter pilot training in the US Army Aviation Branch become flight warrant officers immediately.

In Commonwealth countries, warrant officers have usually been included alongside NCOs and enlisted personnel in a category called other ranks (ORs), which is equivalent to the US "E" category (i.e. there is no separate "W" category in these particular services). In Commonwealth services, warrant officers rank between chief petty officer and sub-lieutenant in the navy, between staff sergeant and second lieutenant in the army and between flight sergeant and pilot officer in the air force.


The warrant officer corps began in the nascent Royal Navy,[1] which dates its founding to 1546. At that time, noblemen with military experience took command of the new navy, adopting the military ranks of lieutenant and captain. These officers often had no knowledge of life on board a ship—let alone how to navigate such a vessel—and relied on the expertise of the ship's master and other seamen who tended to the technical aspects of running the ship. As cannon came into use, the officers also required gunnery experts; specialist gunners began to appear in the 16th century and also had warrant officer status.[2] Literacy was one thing that most warrant officers had in common, and this distinguished them from the common seamen: according to the Admiralty regulations, "no person shall be appointed to any station in which he is to have charge of stores, unless he can read and write, and is sufficiently skilled in arithmetic to keep an account of them correctly". Since all warrant officers had responsibility for stores, this was enough to debar the illiterate.[3]

Rank and status in the 18th century[edit]

In origin, warrant officers were specialist professionals whose expertise and authority demanded formal recognition.[3] In the 18th century they fell into two clear categories: on the one hand, those privileged to share with the commissioned officers in the wardroom and on the quarterdeck; and on the other, those who ranked with more junior members of the ship's crew.[4] Somewhere between the two, however, were the standing officers, notable because, unlike the rest of the ship's company, they remained with the ship even when it was out of commission (e.g. for repair, refitting or replenishment, or whilst laid up); in these circumstances they were under the pay and supervision of the Royal Dockyard.

Wardroom warrant officers[edit]

These classes of warrant officer messed in the wardroom with the commissioned officers:

  • the master: the senior warrant officer, a qualified navigator and experienced seaman who set the sails, maintained the ship's log and advised the captain on the seaworthiness of the ship and crew;
  • the naval surgeon: who treated the sick and injured and advised the captain on matters of health;
  • the purser: responsible for supplies, food and pay for the crew.

In the early 19th century, they were joined in the wardroom by naval chaplains, who also had warrant officer status (though they were only usually present on larger vessels).

Standing warrant officers[edit]

The standing officers were:[4]

  • the boatswain: responsible for maintenance of the ship's boats, sails, rigging, anchors and cables;
  • the carpenter: responsible for maintenance of the ship's hull and masts;
  • the gunner: responsible for care and maintenance of the ship's guns and gunpowder.

Junior warrant officers[edit]

Other warrant officers included surgeon's mates, boatswain's mates and carpenter's mates, sailmakers, armourers, schoolmasters (involved in the education of boys, midshipmen and others aboard ship) and clerks. Masters-at-arms, who had formerly overseen small-arms provision on board, had by this time taken on responsibility for discipline.

Warrant officers in context[edit]

By the end of the century, the rank structure could be illustrated as follows (the warrant officers are underlined):

Relative ranks in the Royal Navy, c. 1810. Warrant officers are underlined in the chart.[5]

Demise of the royal naval warrants[edit]

In 1843, the wardroom warrant officers were given commissioned status, while in 1853 the lower-grade warrant officers were absorbed into the new rate of chief petty officer, both classes thereby ceasing to be warrant officers. On 25 July 1864 the standing warrant officers were divided into two grades: warrant officers and chief warrant officers (or "commissioned warrant officers", a phrase that was replaced in 1920 with "commissioned officers promoted from warrant rank", although they were still usually referred to as "commissioned warrant officers", even in official documents).

By the time of the First World War, their ranks had been expanded with the adoption of modern technology in the Royal Navy to include telegraphists, electricians, shipwrights, artificerengineers, etc. Both warrant officers and commissioned warrant officers messed in the warrant officers' mess rather than the wardroom (although in ships too small to have a warrant officers' mess, they did mess in the wardroom). Warrant officers and commissioned warrant officers also carried swords, were saluted by ratings, and ranked between sub-lieutenants and midshipmen.[2]

In 1949, the ranks of warrant officer and commissioned warrant officer were changed to "commissioned officer" and "senior commissioned officer", the latter ranking with but after the rank of lieutenant, and they were admitted to the wardroom, the warrant officers' messes closing down. Collectively, these officers were known as "branch officers", being retitled "special duties" officers in 1956. In 1998, the special duties list was merged with the general list of officers in the Royal Navy, all officers now having the same opportunity to reach the highest commissioned ranks.[2]

Modern usage[edit]


The Royal Australian Navy rank of warrant officer (WO) is the Navy's only rank appointed by warrant and is equivalent to the Army's WO1, and the RAAF's warrant officer. The most senior non-commissioned member of the Navy is the Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N), an appointment that is only held by one person at a time.[6]

The Australian Army has two warrant officer ranks: warrant officer class two (WO2) and warrant officer class one (WO1), the latter being senior in rank. The equivalent rank of WO2 in the Navy is now chief petty officer, and the RAAF equivalent of the Army's WO2 is now flight sergeant, although in the past there were no equivalents. All warrant officers are addressed as "sir" or "ma'am" by subordinates. To gain the attention of a particular warrant officer in a group, they can be addressed as "Warrant Officer Bloggs, sir/ma'am" or by their appointment, e.g. "ASM Bloggs, sir/ma'am". Some warrant officers hold an appointment such as company sergeant major (WO2) or regimental sergeant major (WO1). The warrant officer appointed to the position of Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) is the most senior enlisted soldier in the Australian Army and differs from other Army warrant officers in that their rank is just warrant officer (WO). The appointment of RSM-A was introduced in 1991. The rank insignia are: a crown for a WO2 (or a crown in a square on DPCU (camouflage uniform) rank slides); the Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms (changed from the Royal Coat of Arms in 1976) for a WO1; and the Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms surrounded by a laurel wreath for the RSM-A.[7][6]

The Royal Australian Air Force rank of warrant officer (WOFF) is the RAAF's only rank appointed by warrant and is equivalent to both the Army's WO1 and the Navy's WO. The most senior non-commissioned member of the RAAF is the Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF), an appointment that is only held by one person at a time.[6]

Insignia Royal Australian Navy OR-9a.svgAustralian Army OR-9a.svgAustralia RAAF OR-9a.svg
Title Warrant officer Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer
Abbreviation WO WO1 WOFF


  • Rank insignia
  • Master Chief Petty Officer

Warrant officer is the lowest junior commissioned officer rank in the Bangladesh Army[8] and Bangladesh Air Force,[9] ranking below senior warrant officer and master warrant officer.


In the Belgian Army and Luxembourg Army, the ranks are adjudant (OR-8), adjudant-chef (OR-9) and adjudant-major (OR-9) (or adjudant-majoor in Dutch). In Dutch, they are collectively known as keuronderofficier (OR-7 to OR-8) and hoofd onderofficier (OR-9). Adjudant-onderofficier is the only rank of warrant officer in the Royal Netherlands Army.


In the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force, the cadre of warrant officers includes the specific ranks of warrant officer (adjudant in French), master warrant officer (adjudant-maître), and chief warrant officer (adjudant-chef).

  • Rank insignia
  • Insignia of a chief warrant officer

  • Insignia of a master warrant officer

  • Insignia of a warrant officer


In the French Army, Air Force and Gendarmerie, the ranks of adjudant (premier maître in the navy) and adjudant-chef (maître-principal in the navy) may be considered equivalent to Commonwealth warrant officer ranks. These ranks are senior to the rank of sergeant and junior to the rank of major.[a] Like the officers, the adjudants are entitled to the mon before their rank, as in "mon adjudant".[citation needed][b]

In France, each corps has a colour (gold for most infantry units, artillery, the air force and engineers, or silver for most cavalry units, transport and materiel corps). A French adjutant wears a band, with thin red line, in the opposite colour to that of his corps. A chief adjutant wears a band, with thin red line, in the colour of his corps. In order to distinguish an adjutant from a chief adjutant it is necessary to know the arm's colour.[citation needed]

In cavalry units, adjudants and adjudants-chefs are addressed by tradition as "lieutenants".[citation needed]


Main article: Indonesian military ranks

In the Indonesian Armed Forces, there are two warrant officer ranks known as pembantu letnan (assistant lieutenant). These are warrant officer 2nd class (pelda) and warrant officer 1st class (peltu).


Junior commissioned officers are the Indian Armed Forces equivalent of warrant officer ranks. Those in the Indian Air Force actually use the ranks of junior warrant officer, warrant officer and master warrant officer.

In the British Indian Army, warrant officer ranks existed but were restricted to British personnel, mostly in specialist appointments such as conductor and sub-conductor. Unlike in the British Army, although these appointments were warranted, the appointment and rank continued to be the same and the actual rank of warrant officer was never created. Indian equivalents were viceroy's commissioned officers.


Irish Naval Service[edit]


Israel Defense Forces[edit]

Main article: Israel Defense Forces ranks

The רב-נגד משנהrav nagad mishne ("warrant officer") and the רב-נגדrav nagad ("chief warrant officer") are both non-commissioned officers ranks in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Because the IDF is an integrated force, they have a unique rank structure. Israel Defense Forces ranks are the same in all services (army, navy, air force, etc.). The ranks are derived from those of the paramilitary Haganah developed in the British Mandate of Palestine period to protect the Yishuv. This origin is reflected in the slightly-compacted IDF rank structure.


Main article: Malaysian military ranks

In the Malaysian Armed Forces, warrant officers (Malay: pegawai Waran) are the highest ranks for non commissioned officers.

New Zealand[edit]

The New Zealand Army usage is similar to that of the Australian Army, except that it has two warrant officer ranks. The warrant officer class 2 (WO2), addressed as "sergeant major", and the warrant officer class 1 (WO1), addressed as "sir" or "ma'am". There are also appointments such as company and squadron sergeant major (CSM and SSM) which are usually WO2 positions and regimental sergeant major (RSM), which are usually WO1 positions. The highest ranking WO1 holds the position of Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA). In certain uniforms, WO2s wear black shoes, the same as the enlisted ranks, whilst WO1s wear brown shoes, in common with commissioned officers. The exception to this are WO1s of the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps (RNZAC), who wear black shoes.

The Royal New Zealand Navy has a single warrant officer rank, addressed as "sir" or "ma'am". This rank is equivalent to the Army WO1.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force also has a single warrant officer rank, equivalent to the Navy warrant officer, and the Army warrant officer class 1 (WO1). A warrant officer in the RNZAF is addressed as "sir" or "ma'am". Previously an aircrew warrant officer was known as master aircrew; however this rank and designation is no longer used. The RNZAF also has a post of Warrant Officer of the Air Force, the most senior warrant officer position in the RNZAF.


Boys' Brigade[edit]

Main article: Boys' Brigade in Singapore § Ranks

The rank of warrant officer is the highest rank a Boys' Brigade boy can attain in secondary school.

National Civil Defence Cadet Corps[edit]

The rank of warrant officer is given to selected non-commissioned officers in National Civil Defence Cadet Corps units. It is above the rank of staff sergeant, and below the rank of cadet lieutenant.[16] It is the highest rank a cadet can attain in the NCDCC while they are in secondary school. The rank insignia is one point-up chevron, a Singapore coat of arms, and a garland below.

Singapore Armed Forces[edit]

In the Singapore Armed Forces, warrant officers begin as third warrant officers (3WO), previously starting at the rank of second warrant officer, abbreviated differently as WO2 instead. This rank is given to former specialists who have attained the rank of master sergeant and have either gone through, or are about to go through the Warfighter Course at the Specialist and Warrant Officer Advanced School (SWAS) in the Specialist and Warrant Officer Institute (SWI). In order to be promoted to a second warrant officer (2WO) and above, they must have been selected for and graduated from the joint warrant officer course at the SAF Warrant Officer School.[17] Warrant officers rank between specialists and commissioned officers. They ordinarily serve as battalion or brigade regimental sergeant majors. Many of them serve as instructors and subject-matter experts in various training establishments. Warrant officers are also seen on the various staffs headed by the respective specialist officers. There are six grades of warrant officer (3WO, 2WO, 1WO, MWO, SWO & CWO).

Warrant officers used to have their own mess. For smaller camps, this mess are combined with the officers' mess as a combined mess for better camaraderie. Warrant officers have similar responsibilities to commissioned officers.

Warrant officers are usually addressed as "encik" ("mister" in Malay language) or as "warrant (surname)" or "encik" (surname) by the other ranks (including commissioned officers in respect for their experience and knowledge).[17] Exceptions to this are those who hold appointments. Warrant officers holding the appointment such as Commanding Officer (CO) and Officer Commanding (OC) are to be addressed as "sir" by other ranks, and those holding Sergeant Major appointments such as Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), Company Sergeant Major (CSM), Formation Sergeant Major (FSM) and Army Sergeant Major (ASM) are to be addressed as "sergeant major" by other ranks. Also, warrant officers holding the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) are to be addressed as "sir" by other ranks.

Although ceremonial swords are usually reserved for commissioned officers, warrant officers of the rank Master Warrant Officer (MWO) and above are presented with ceremonial swords, but retain the use of the pace stick with the ceremonial sword holstered during drills and parades. Since all warrant officers are non-commissioned officers, they are not saluted.

Singapore Civil Defence Force[edit]

In the Singapore Civil Defence Force, there are two warrant officer ranks. These ranks are (in order of ascending seniority): 2nd warrant officer and 1st warrant officer.[18]

South Africa[edit]

Class 1

Class 2

Warrant officer rank insignia in the SANDF

In the South African National Defence Force, a warrant officer (WO) is set apart from those who hold a non-commissioned officer (NCO) rank. Warrant officers hold a warrant of appointment endorsed by the Minister of Defence. Warrant officers hold very specific powers, which are set out in the Defence Act and the Military Defence Supplementary Measures Act. Before 2008, there were two classes – warrant officer class 1 and 2. A warrant officer class 1 could be appointed to positions such as regimental sergeant major, formation sergeant major or Sergeant Major of the Army or Warrant Officer of the Navy. In 2008, five new warrant officer ranks were introduced above warrant officer class 1: senior warrant officer (SWO), master warrant officer (MWO), chief warrant officer (CWO), senior chief warrant officer (SCWO) and master chief warrant officer (MCWO).[19]

United Kingdom[edit]

Main article: Warrant officer (United Kingdom)

Royal Navy[edit]

Crown flanked by wreaths

WO2 badge

Coat of arms

WO1 badge

Warrant officer classes of the Royal Navy

In 1973, warrant officers reappeared in the Royal Navy, but these appointments followed the army model, with the new warrant officers being ratings rather than officers. They were initially known as fleet chief petty officers (FCPOs), but were renamed warrant officers in the 1980s. They rank with warrant officers class one in the British Army and Royal Marines and with warrant officers in the Royal Air Force.[2]

There are executive warrant officers for commands and ships.[20] Five branches (surface ships, submarines, Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm, and Maritime Reserves) each have a command warrant officer.[21] The senior RN WO is the Warrant Officer of the Naval Service.[22][23] Under the Navy Command Transformation Programme, there are now a Fleet Commander's Warrant Officer and a Second Sea Lord's Warrant Officer, all working with the Warrant Officer of the Naval Service, taking over the roles of the Command Warrant Officers.[24][25][26]

In 2004, the rank of warrant officer class 2 was introduced. However, the rank was phased out in April 2014,[27] but is being reinstated for non-technical and technical branches of the Royal Navy in 2021.[28]

British Army[edit]

In the British Army, there are two warrant ranks, warrant officer class two (WO2) and warrant officer class one (WO1), the latter being the senior of the two. These ranks were previously abbreviated as WOII and WOI (using Roman instead of Arabic numerals). "Warrant officer first class" or "second class" is incorrect. The rank immediately below WO2 is staff sergeant (or colour sergeant).[2] From 1938 to 1940 there was a WOIII platoon sergeant major rank.[29]

In March 2015, the new appointment of Army Sergeant Major was created, though the holder is not in fact a warrant officer but a commissioned officer holding the rank of captain.[30][31] The creation of the appointment of command sergeant major was announced in 2009.[32]

Royal Marines[edit]

Before 1879, the Royal Marines had no warrant officers:[33] by the end of 1881, the Royal Marines had given warrant rank to their sergeant-majors and some other senior non-commissioned officers, in a similar fashion to the army.[34] When the army introduced the ranks of warrant officer class I and class II in 1915, the Royal Marines did the same shortly after.[35] From February 1920, Royal Marines warrant officers class I (renamed warrant officers) were given the same status as Royal Navy warrant officers and the rank of warrant officer class II was abolished in the Royal Marines, with no further promotions to this rank.[36]

The marines had introduced warrant officers equivalent in status to the Royal Navy's from 1910 with the Royal Marines gunner (originally titled gunnery sergeant-major), equivalent to the navy's warrant rank of gunner.[37][38] Development of these ranks closely paralleled that of their naval counterparts: as in the Royal Navy, by the Second World War there were warrant officers and commissioned warrant officers (e.g. staff sergeant majors, commissioned staff sergeant majors, Royal Marines gunners, commissioned Royal Marines gunners, etc.). As officers, they were saluted by junior ranks in the Royal Marines and the army. These all became (commissioned) branch officer ranks in 1949, and special duties officer ranks in 1956. These ranks would return in 1972, this time similar to their army counterparts, and not as the RN did before. The most senior Royal Marines warrant officer is the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major. Unlike the RN proper (since 2014), it retains both WO ranks.

Royal Air Force[edit]

The Royal Air Force first used the ranks of warrant officer class I and II as inherited from the Royal Flying Corps. It first used the rank badges of the Royal coat of arms for WOI and the crown for WOII. Until the 1930s, these ranks were often known as sergeant major first and second class. In 1939, the RAF abolished the rank of WOII and retained just the WOI rank, referred to as just warrant officer (WO), which it remains to this day. The RAF has no equivalent to WO2 (NATO OR-8), an RAF WO being equivalent to WO1 (NATO OR-9) and wearing the same badge of rank, the Royal coat of arms. The correct way to address a warrant officer is "sir" or "ma'am" by airmen and "mister or warrant officer -surname-" by officers. Most RAF warrant officers do not hold appointments as in the army or Royal Marines; the exception to this is the station warrant officer, who is considered a "first amongst equals" on an RAF station. Warrant officer is the highest non-commissioned rank and ranks above flight sergeant.

In 1946, the RAF renamed its aircrew warrant officers to master aircrew, a designation which still survives. In 1950, it renamed warrant officers in technical trades to master technicians, a designation which survived only until 1964.

The most senior RAF warrant officer by appointment is the Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force. He holds the same rank as all other warrant officers.

United States[edit]

Main article: Warrant officer (United States)

In the United States Armed Forces, a warrant officer (grade W-1 to W-5) is ranked as an officer above the senior-most enlisted ranks, as well as officer cadets and officer candidates, but below the officer grade of O‑1 (NATO: OF‑1). All Warrant Officers rate a salute from those ranked below them; ie., the enlisted ranks. Warrant officers are highly skilled, single-track specialty officers, and while the ranks are authorized by Congress, each branch of the military selects, manages, and utilizes warrant officers in slightly different ways. For appointment to warrant officer (W-1), normally a warrant is approved by the service secretary of the respective branch of service. However, appointment to this rank can come via commission by the President, but this is less common. For the chief warrant officer ranks (CW‑2 to CW‑5), these warrant officers are commissioned by the President. Both warrant officers and chief warrant officers take the same oath of office as regular commissioned officers (O-1 to O-10).[39]

A small number of warrant officers command detachments, units, activities, vessels, aircraft, and armored vehicles, as well as lead, coach, train, and counsel subordinates. However, the warrant officer's primary task is to serve as a technical expert, providing valuable skills, guidance, and expertise to commanders and organizations in their particular field.[39]

All U.S. armed services employ warrant officer grades except the U.S. Air Force. Although still technically authorized, the Air Force discontinued appointing new warrant officers in 1959, retiring its last chief warrant officer from the Air Force Reserve in 1992.

The U.S. Army utilizes warrant officers heavily[c] and separates them into two types: Aviators and technical. Army aviation warrant officers pilot both rotary-wing and fixed wing aircraft and represent the largest group of Army warrant officers. Technical warrant officers in the Army specialize in a single branch technical area such as intelligence, sustainment, supply, military police, or special forces; and provide advice and support to commanders. For example, a military police officer and a military intelligence officer both have to be branch qualified in their respective fields, learning how to manage the entire spectrum of their profession. However, within those broad fields warrant officers include such specialists as CID Special Agents (a very specific track within the military police) and Counterintelligence Special Agents (a very specific track within military intelligence). These technical warrant officers allow for a soldier with subject matter expertise (like non-commissioned officers), but with the authority of a commissioned officer. Both technical and aviation warrant officers go through initial training and branch assignment at the Army Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), followed by branch-specific training and education paths. Technical warrant officers are generally selected from the non-commissioned officer ranks (typically E-6 through E-9). Aviation warrant officer candidates can apply from all branches of service, including junior enlisted and non-prior service civilians (aviation warrant officers join through the Warrant Officer Flight Training Program).

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard discontinued the grade of W-1 in 1975, appointing and commissioning all new entrants as chief warrant officer two (pay grade W-2, with rank abbreviation of CWO2). This was to prevent a pay decrease that an entrant may take since all Navy chief warrant officers are selected strictly from the chief petty officer pay grades (E-7 through E-9). The Coast Guard allows E-6 personnel to apply for chief warrant officer rank, but only after they have displayed their technical ability by earning a placement in the top 50% on the annual eligibility list for advancement to E-7. In 2018, the U.S. Navy expanded the warrant program, re-implementing the W-1 pay grade for cyber warrant officers and accepting three new WO1s in fiscal year 2019.[40]

Warrant officers in the Army holding the rank of warrant officer 1 (WO1) are formally addressed as "Mr/Ms" [last name]. Upon promotion to chief warrant officer 2, "Chief" becomes an additional authorized term of address. WO1s are informally addressed as "Chief" by many soldiers as well. In the Navy, warrant officers are typically addressed as "Mr/Ms" [last name], "Chief Warrant Officer", or informally as "Warrant" regardless of their grade.

The U.S. Maritime Service (USMS), which is established at 46 U.S. Code § 51701, falls under the authority of the Maritime Administration of the Department of Transportation and is authorized to appoint warrant officers. In accordance with 46 U.S. Code § 51701, the USMS rank structure must be the same as that of the U.S. Coast Guard while uniforms worn are those of the U.S. Navy with distinctive USMS insignia and devices. The USMS has appointed warrant officers, of various specialty fields, during and after World War II.[41][42]

Warrant officer rank is also occasionally used in law enforcement agencies to grant status and pay to certain senior specialist officers who are not in command, such as senior technicians or helicopter pilots. As in the armed forces, they rank above sergeants, but below lieutenants. For example, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol had several warrant officer helicopter pilot positions from the 1960s until the mid-1980s. The WO insignia was a silver bar with a black square in the center. The WO ranks were abolished when the aviation program expanded and nearly twenty trooper pilot positions were created. The New York State Police rank of technical lieutenant is similar to a warrant officer rank insofar as it is used to grant commissioned officer authority to non-commissioned officers with extensive technical expertise.

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New Army aviators will incur 10-year service obligations, up from six, starting in October

Commissioned and warrant officers who enter flight training starting in October will incur a 10-year service obligation once they become rated Army aviators, according to guidance published Aug. 12. The service requirement is four years longer than the previous commitment.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy signed a memorandum for the change in June. The new requirement matches the service commitment for Air Force aviators.

Soldiers currently in training are exempt from the new policy, according to Chief Warrant Officer 5 William S. Kearns, an aviation policy integrator for the Army G-1 office. The new policy will also apply to the Army Reserve and National Guard, though the obligated service remains part-time.

“We’re looking at troops selected for flight training in the fiscal year 2021 and beyond,” Kearns said in an Army news release.

Rising costs and helicopter upgrades drove the new policy.

“There are many complexities in these advanced helicopters, which translates to increased costs in flight hours, maintenance and training requirements,” Kearns said in the release. “They require more time for people to gain experience. There’s the technical expertise that goes along with it as well. In the end, it’s the Army getting a good return on the investments.”

Like the other armed services, the Army has struggled with pilot retention in recent years.

While the service’s aggregate number of pilots is suitable, there has been an imbalance between junior, mid-level and senior aviators across the force, Army officials have acknowledged over the past year.

Warrant officer recruiters, in particular, are “very, very interested in seeing more applications,” Kearns said.

“We want as many applications as we can, so if anybody has any questions, be sure to contact that warrant officer recruiting team,” Kearns added. “It’s a great time to apply to become a pilot, and [soldiers] can get in with a high school degree. There are some other prerequisites they have to meet. But, we want as many people as we can get to apply.”

Army leaders said last September that they were also looking at how much the civilian airliners were impacting the Army’s aviation shortfall by drawing away experienced pilots. But that problem might have been stymied in recent months.

The global coronavirus pandemic hit the nation’s four largest airlines hard, and the Army now hopes to draw some pilots back from the civilian sector through its Call to Active Duty, or CAD program, according to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jon Koziol, the command chief warrant officer for the aviation branch.

“As we are all well aware, this global pandemic has made unprecedented impacts on the world’s economies and our personal way of life,” Koziol was quoted as saying in a June release. “Some of those impacts may have directly affected your ability to pursue your goals of working for the commercial sector, specifically the airlines.”

The CAD program allows Army Reserve and National Guard aviators to apply for a three-year stint back on active duty. Aviators are mostly needed for AH-64 Apaches, CH-47 Chinooks and UH-60 Black Hawks, according to the Army.

Earlier this year, the Army also increased its Aviation Incentive Pay rates for the first time in more than 20 years to compete with the civilian market, according to new pay charts posted by Army Human Resources Command in January.

About Kyle Rempfer

Kyle Rempfer is an editor and reporter whose investigations have covered combat operations, criminal cases, foreign military assistance and training accidents. Before entering journalism, Kyle served in U.S. Air Force Special Tactics and deployed in 2014 to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and Baghdad, Iraq.



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