posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 01:15 PM
In the United States military, 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 candidates, but below the officer grade of O-1. Warrant officers are highly skilled, single-track specialty officers, and while the ranks
are authorized by Congress, each branch of the Uniformed Services selects, manages, and utilizes warrant officers in slightly different ways. For
appointment to Warrant Officer One (W-1), a warrant is approved by the secretary of the service. Chief Warrant Officers (W-2 to W-5) are
commissioned by the President of the United States, and take the same oath as regular commissioned officers.
Warrant officers can and do 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 as a leader is to serve as a technical expert, providing valuable skills, guidance, and
expertise to commanders and organizations in their particular field.
I have 2 degrees myself, thanks. He also has a degree which he earned while serving as enlisted but opted to go the WO route rather than be lumped in
with mommas boys who went right from living with mommy and daddy to depending on them for room/board, meals, tuition and transportation to supposedly
being able to lead and command when they can't even take command of their own lives. Oh, and he commanded his unit out of MCBH during all
deployments to Iraq. If he were to decide it was time to retire then he would *gasp* RESIGN HIS COMMISSION.