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.
- 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 24 months of application submission. A completed USAREC Form 1932 (Physical Cover) must be included.
- Must have at least the minimum Letters of Recommendation (LORs) from the following:
- SF Group Commander or authorized representative
- SF CCWO
- SF Battalion Commander
- 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.
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.
*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.
NOTE: YOU MUST BE SPECIAL FORCES QUALIFIED TO APPLY FOR THIS FIELD
SF OFFICERS (18A) SELECTED BY USAREC TO TRANSITION TO 180A
- As outlined in USAJFKSWCS (A) Policy Letter 02-19: 18As AD will not be permitted to request a transition to 180A prior to completing 24 months utilization as a Detachment Commander for a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha; must be in their primary zone or later to 04/MAJ and the results of the board are published. The Group Commander can request a waiver to this policy through the waiver process if there are extenuating circumstance which would benefit the officer and the SF Regiment.
- 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)
- Chain of Command and 06/GS15 Endorsements
- O6/GS15 Counseling
- Sexual assault statement
- Reserve counseling
- Waivers (separations) - if applicable for any Active Duty Service Obligations (IAW AR 350-100)
- 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: https://www.hrc.army.mil/content/Regular%20Army%20Voluntary%20Separations%20page
Please contact the proponent POC below for any questions regarding qualifications. Address all other inquiries to your Regional Warrant Officer Recruiter.
CW4 Damon J. Billingsley
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: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 180AProponentManager@socom.mil
COMM: (910) 432-7597
Cell: (910) 916-4198
CW5, Rodney Holliday
Chief NGSF Warrant Officer Branch
U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School
Last Updated: 5 February 2020