Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description
Performs as the Subject Matter Expert and advisor to the Commander and staff regarding the employment of Offensive and Defensive cyber operations assets and personnel. Directs, plans, administers, manages, integrates, and assesses cyberspace technical capabilities. Provides technical recommendations and guidance regarding the operation and management of Army, Joint, intergovernmental, interagency, and multi-national cyberspace assets, and personnel. Integrates cyberspace capabilities into warfighting functions to optimize combat effectiveness. Defends the Department of Defense Information Network against foreign and domestic threat vectors in order to maintain network integrity and functionality. Maneuvers through the Cyber Domain to impose costs on adversarial threats both Offensively and Defensively. Leads, trains, and mentors’ Cyber personnel through individual and group instruction, as well as the establishment, direction, and evaluation of Joint Qualification Requirements (JQRs), Joint Qualification Standards (JQSs), and Joint Cyberspace Training and Certification Standards (JCT&CS).
***Applicants must meet all Administrative Requirements to become a Warrant Officer.***
Minimum Prerequisites (all general prerequisites apply):
  • Applicants must be a SGT (E5) or above. (NO ACTIVE DUTY WAIVERS)
  • Applicants must be a BLC Graduate. (NO WAIVERS)
  • Base line scores of 110 for General Testing (GT), and 110 for Electronics (EL) and Technical (ST).
  • Certification training in SEC+, CASP, or CISSP, or equivalent training such as JCAC/CTOC/CCTC/BRIGHTON/TOUCHSTONE.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain an adjudicated TS/SCI security clearance, prior to attending the 170A qualification course.  (NO Active Duty WAIVERS).  Compos 2 and 3 must have a TOP SECRET clearance before the 170A qualification course attendance.
  • Certified in a Cyber Mission Force work role or possess documented practical cyber-related experience (protocol analysis, Windows/*Nix Scripting, digital forensics, etc.) Practical experience documented through NCOERs, evaluation reports, performance appraisals, or statements of work equivalent to military experience.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 36 months of rated time documented in NCOERs, evaluations or counselings.  This is the minimum prerequisite; all NCOERs are required for consideration.  ARNG and USAR applicants may request a waiver for NCOER time, but must provide civilian performance appraisals in conjunction with their NCOERs or in lieu of not having NCOERs
  • A letter of recommendation (LOR) from a senior 170A Warrant Officer (CW3-CW5) is required (NO WAIVERS). In the absence of an available senior 170A, the Cyber Proponent to set up an interview with a senior 170A – Cyber Warfare Technician once the applicant completes the steps below:
    • Ensure that your packet is 90% or more complete since the warrant officer will need to make an assessment based purely on your packet and phone interview. 
    • Ensure that any waivers you may require are complete and included in the packet. 
    • Ensure you meet the baseline requirements for both general warrant officer requirements and the 170A specific requirements
    • Be prepared to conduct an in-depth phone interview (technical & professional)
  • Must have three (3) hours of English Composition and three (3) hours of College Algebra or higher from an accredited college or university. The only acceptable alternatives are completing the CLEP College Algebra and English Composition examination or an Associate’s degree or higher. The Department of Education maintains a database of accredited postsecondary education institutions and programs at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. (NO WAIVERS)
Preferred Prerequisites:
  • ALC Graduate
  • Hold a STEM associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • Additional industry technical certifications: SEC+; CASP; OSCP, OSCE, Linux+; CSA+; or GCIH
**ALARACT 014/2023 - IMPLEMENTING GUIDANCE FOR DIRECT APPOINTMENT AND DIRECT COMMISSION OF CERTAIN WARRANT OFFICERS**  Cyber Proponent will keep the option available for Warrant Officer Direct Appointment and Direct Commissioning to carefully respond to accessions, grade strength, and/or year group shortfalls as needed on a case-by-case basis. If branch-wide implementation of these options occurs Proponent will notify the branch. WO Applicants cannot apply for Direct Appointment or Commissioning, if implementation occurs each and every packet is evaluated for possible inclusion.

Address all warrant officer application questions and inquiries to a Regional Warrant Officer Recruiter.  Please visit the "How Do I Apply" page for required forms and examples. Contact the proponent POCs below for any questions regarding technical qualifications.
CW4 Brandi L. Wyatt
Electromagnetic Warfare Career Program Manager
Office Chief of Cyber
U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon
COMM: (706) 791-6887
DSN: (312) 780-6887
Gov Cell: (706) 524-1779
Jaclyn D. Rivera
WO Force Integration Specialist
Office Chief of Cyber
U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon
COMM: (706) 791-5147
DSN: (312) 780-5147
CW5 Ramil F. Francisco
USAR Senior Warrant Officer Advisor/Liaison
Cyber Center of Excellence
COMM: (706) 691-3865
CW4 Walter Eis
ARNG Liaison to Cyber Proponent
Cyber Warrant Officer Career Program Manager
Office: (706) 791-3077

Last Updated: 03 June 2024