Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description

180A - Special Forces Warrant Officer

Special Forces (SF) warrant officers are combat leaders and staff officers. They are experienced subject matter experts in unconventional warfare, operations and intelligence fusion, and planning and execution at all levels across the operational continuum. They advise commanders on all aspects of special operations and are responsible for the integration of emerging technologies. Warrant officers in the rank of WO1, CW2, and select CW3s serve on a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (SFOD-A) primarily as the assistant detachment commander and can also serve as the detachment commander (in the absence of a commander) or commander of specialized teams. CW3 through CW5 SF warrant officers serve as staff operations warrant officers within the SF group and at higher commands within SF, Army SOF, and joint SOF staffs. They may lead task-organized SOF elements as directed. They serve as senior warrant officer advisors (SWOAs) to the commander for all warrant officer matters and other interests as directed. Select CW5s serve as the Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) for the Commander, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), CCWO for the Commanders of the SF groups, and SWOA to Commander, United States Army Special Operations Command as an integral part of the commander’s personal staff.

Minimum prerequisites:

SF Group Commander
SF Battalion Commander
SF Company Commander

Individuals serving outside an operational Special Forces Group must receive a letter of endorsement from the current Group Commander of the gaining Special Forces Group. Individuals requesting to change Special Forces Groups, must have a letter of release from their current Group Commander and a letter of acceptance from the current Group Commander of the gaining Special Forces Group.


Please contact the proponent POC below for any questions regarding qualifications. Address all other inquiries to the Warrant Officer Recruiting Branch at wo-team@usarec.army.mil

CW3, SF Orlando R. Grimes
MOS 180A Proponent Manager,
United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
Bryant Hall, D-3206 Ardennes Street, Ft Bragg, NC 28310-9610
E-Mail: grimeso@ahqb.socom.mil , orlando.r.grimes.mil@mail.mil, 180AProponentManager@ahqb.socom.mil
DSN: 94-239-7597
COMM: 910-432-7597

CW5, York J. Kleinhandlers
Chief NGSF Warrant Officer Branch
U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School
E-Mail: york.kleinhandler@socom.mil , york.j.kleinhandler.mil@mail.mil
Direct: 910-432-2238
Cell: 910-584-1699


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