June 18, 2019
United States Army Field Manuals  

Warrant Officer Rank Chart

Warrant Officier 1 Insignia WARRANT OFFICER 1 (WO1)
Expert in certain military technologies or capabilities (e.g.,- helicopter pilots). Soldiers with this rank serve under a warrant from the Secretary of the Army. WOs are single-track specialty officers, experts and trainers who, by gaining progressive levels of expertise and leadership, operates, maintains, administers and manages the Army's equipment, support activities or technical systems for their entire career.
  Chief Warrant Officer 2 insignia CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 (CW2)
Has received a commission from the president, thus are direct representatives of the president of the United States. Have the authority of Commissioned Officers (who are generalists), but in contrast WOs are specialists. They command detachments, units, activities and vessels as well as lead, coach, train and counsel subordinates.
  Chief Warrant Officer 3 insignia CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3 (CW3)
As leaders and technical experts, Chief Warrant Officers provide valuable skills, guidance, and expertise to commanders and organizations in their particular field.
  Chief Warrant Officer 4 insignia CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 4 (CW4)
Chief Warrant Officers remain single-specialty Officers whose career track is oriented towards progressing within their career field rather than focusing on increased levels of command and staff-duty positions.
  Chief Warrant Officer 5 insignia CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 5 (CW5)
The grades (CW2CW5) reflect salary increases and are normally indicative of the length of time a person has served as a Warrant Officer. The grades do not signify differences in job duties.


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