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  • Why warrant vs. commissioned?

    I've been researching both officer routes and it seems like warrant officer is just less money, and less opportunity for advancement. I keep researching but it just looks like you become like an under appreciated specialist in your field. I ship out for my training at 35m in a few months, and I intend on going officer after college, but I don't really understand the difference. Any warrant officers on here that can tell me why they decided to go warrant rather than commissioned? what were the things you weighed in making a decision? (also i know i need 5 years enlisted prior to warrant)

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    Re: Why warrant vs. commissioned?

    Originally posted by saint113birs View Post
    I've been researching both officer routes and it seems like warrant officer is just less money, and less opportunity for advancement. I keep researching but it just looks like you become like an under appreciated specialist in your field. I ship out for my training at 35m in a few months, and I intend on going officer after college, but I don't really understand the difference. Any warrant officers on here that can tell me why they decided to go warrant rather than commissioned? what were the things you weighed in making a decision? (also i know i need 5 years enlisted prior to warrant)
    I'm not a Warrant Officer, but I have been to Warrant Officer Candidate School but even outside of that fact I can shed some light on your question.

    It depends on what YOU want. Do you want to be a Commander (Kind of Like a General Manager) or be a Technical Expert while still be an Officer??

    Aviation is a different ballgame, but for all other fields Warrant Officers are experts in their field. In addition, you have to consider some fields dont have regular officers in its entirety. CID is a great example. There are only enlisted and warrant officer Special Agents; JAG is also a good example. If I wanted to be a JAG officer I would have to attend Law School, however I could become a Legal Administrator Warrant.

    Some guys dont meet the education requirement, and some guys its a where will I work factor.

    If you are a brand new soldier who is going to college, becoming a regular officer is probably more relevant. Warrants are required to have YEARS of enlisted experience where regular O's are not. And, if you are going into the Guard while you are doing college, you cannot beat the SMP program.

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    • #3
      Re: Why warrant vs. commissioned?

      Thanks very much! that makes a lot more sense to me than the way things were explained on the army and guard sites haha.

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      • #4
        Re: Why warrant vs. commissioned?

        Also, a warrant has better advancement than commissioned. A warrant is promoted off a timeline and is not as dependent on specific slots in a unit as compared to a commissioned officers who serve in more rank specific positions.

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          Re: Why warrant vs. commissioned?

          Active timeline vs. NG timeline is different. W1 to W2 is automatic at 24 months based that you complete WOBC. Then three years at least to W3 (NG is longer). So obviously you go from 2LT to CPT faster but getting to field grade level is the same at about ten years (again, longer for NG). Warrants who are board eligible experience 98 percent promotion rates. Don't be that two-percent and you will be hitting your marks.
          Last edited by Chief Kemosabe; October 17th, 2011, 01:47 PM.

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