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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, 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). Select CW3s/CW4s  serve as the commander of specialized teams. Typically those in the rank of CW3 through CW5 serve as staff operations warrant officers within the SF group and at higher Army SOF and joint SOF commands. They may lead task-organized SOF elements as directed. They serve as senior warrant officer advisors (SWOAs) to the commander for all operational and administrative matters pertaining to the unit.  Select CW5s serve as the Command Chief Warrant Officers for the Commanders of Special Forces Groups; Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Commander, 1st Special Forces Command; Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer of the Branch / Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Commander, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School; and Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Commander, United States Army Special Operations Command.


***Applicants must meet all Administrative Requirements to become a Warrant Officer.***


  • Must hold a CMF 18 MOS.
  • Must be a SSG (E-6) or above.
  • Must have at a minimum of 36 months experience assigned to a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (SFOD-A) documented on a DA Form 2166-8 (NCOER).
  • Must have a current DA Form 330 (within 1 year of the start date of the desired selection board) with at least a 1/1 language proficiency.
  • Must meet the medical fitness standards for SF duty and commissioning within 12 months of desired selection board. A completed USAREC Form 3.1 (Results of Medical Examination) must be included with application.
  • Must have at least the minimum Letters of Recommendation (LORs) from the following:
    1. SF Group Commander or authorized representative
    2. SF CCWO
    3. SF Battalion Commander
    4. SF Company Commander

Individuals serving outside an operational Special Forces Group must receive a letter of endorsement (memorandum for record) from the gaining Special Forces Group Commander indicated or CCWO. (This will now be done at proponent level, not required for submission)

Individuals requesting to change Special Forces Groups must receive a letter of acceptance (memorandum for record) from the gaining Special Forces Group Commander indicated or CCWO. (This will now be done at proponent level, not required for submission)

*NOTE: Requirement for these memorandums of record will be verified by the 180A Proponent Manager during the packet review process.

  • Army National Guard applicants must meet the prerequisites listed above, but submit their packets through their state CCWO or strength manager.




- An 18A can request a transition to 180A after completing 24 months utilization as a Detachment Commander for a Special Forces Operational Detachment - Alpha

- All Active Duty SF Officers seeking to transition to MOS 180A, must submit an Unqualified Resignation (UQR) packet IAW with AR 600-8-4.  Upon selection and the subsequent release of the Warrant Officer Selection Board Results, SF officers must submit a UQR through their unit’s human resources office (S-1).   

Required Documents (minimum)

  1. Chain of Command and 06/GS15 Endorsements
  2. O6/GS15 Counseling
  3. Sexual assault statement
  4. Reserve counseling
  5. Waivers (separations) - if applicable for any Active Duty Service Obligations (IAW AR 350-100)
  6. UQR memorandum, which must be drafted IAW AR 600-8-4, Officer Transfers and Discharges.  The effective date of separation for the UQR will be one day prior to the projected SFWOTTCC graduation date

UQR process takes 60 days once it is received by the transition center at your installation. Packets that include waivers must add 30 additional days.
A-HRC link to the UQR page below:


Please contact the proponent POC below for any questions regarding qualifications. Address all other inquiries to your Regional Warrant Officer Recruiter.

CW4 Damien O. Owens

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: damien.o.owens.mil@mail.mil, 180AProponentManager@socom.mil, damien.owens.mil@socom.mil

COMM: (910) 432-7597

DSN: 239-7597



CW5, Rodney Holliday
Chief NGSF Warrant Officer Branch
U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School
Direct: 910-432-2238
Cell: 910-584-1699


Last Updated: 20 October 2020