640A Veterinary Services Technician
The veterinary services food safety warrant officer is a highly specialized officer in the area of food safety and defense. The warrant officer is selected by competitive application from the NCO ranks of designated Army feeder MOSs. Currently only Army NCOs (SGT(P) and higher) who hold the 68R and 68S MOSs are eligible to apply. More detailed and updated information is included in the annual MILPER Message which is normally released in January or February of the recruiting year. Upon selection, warrant officer candidates are sent to the Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) at Fort Rucker, AL. Following completion of this course, they go through an intensive food inspection/science course at Fort Sam Houston, TX (WOBC). Typically an Active Component 640A warrant officer’s first duty station is at an Army MEDCOM/Public Health Command district where they conduct commercial sanitation audits and manage area food safety, defense and quality assurance programs. Reserve Component veterinary food safety officers are typically assigned to MTOE veterinary detachments or as staff officers in MTOE medical brigades or groups. The 640A veterinary food safety officers serve as the commander’s subject matter experts for all matters dealing with food safety and defense.