Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description

311A - CID Special Agent



CID Special Agent Warrant Officers are leaders and staff officers who manage all aspects of felony criminal investigation in all operational environments. They plan, organize, conduct, and supervise criminal intelligence operations (forensic and biometric applications), investigative support programs (economic crimes and drug suppression) and high-risk protective services operations in support of the institutional security operations and local nation rule of law operations.

Investigates felony and other significant crime of Army interest as defined by regulation, military and federal law. Plans, organizes, conducts, and supervises overt and covert investigations. Examines and processes crime scenes. Collects, preserves, and evaluates physical evidence for scientific examination by crime laboratories and use in judicial proceedings. Obtains and executes arrest and search warrants. Conducts raids and task force operations. Interviews and interrogates victims, witnesses, suspects, and subjects and obtains written statements executed under oath. Develops, evaluates, and manages informants and other sources of criminal intelligence. Represents the Army's interest in investigations conducted collaterally with the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and other federal, state, and local investigative agencies. Maintains close working relationships with attorneys of the Staff Judge Advocate and the United States Attorney's Office, and testifies at courts-martial, Federal District Court, and other judiciary tribunals. Writes, reviews, and approves technical investigative reports. Conducts and supervises technical surveys of Army elements and activities which analyze and detect on-going crime, and recommends actions to prevent crime which could result in significant economic loss and reduced combat effectiveness. Conducts personnel security vulnerability assessments for designated senior Army officials. Provides personal security for designated DOD executives, visiting foreign officials, and other key officials. Performs hostage negotiations.

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


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Minimum Prerequisites:

  • Must hold a 31D MOS and have a minimum of two years criminal investigative experience with USACIDC
  • Must be a SGT(E-5) or above
  • Must possess a sustained and demonstrated level of technical and leadership competency as supported by rater and senior rater comments on NCOERs.
  • Must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. (Degree requirement may be waived to 60 semester hours by CID command assuming the applicant is otherwise qualified.)
  • Must have a Top Secret clearance based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • Must have letter of recommendation from Detachment Commander (Company Level).
  • Must have letter of recommendation from Battalion Commander.
  • Must have letter of recommendation from Group Commander (Brigade Level).  **Note: V5, RC, NGB applicants do not require the Group Commander LOR**
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from Battalion Operations Officer.


CID Branch Interview - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/warrant-officer-recruiting-talk/id1516321891?i=1000479286331


MPI Application Requirements for Appointment to CID Warrant Officer - MILPER Message Number 19-346

Please contact your first line Warrant Officer supervisor or your local CID Office. If further clarification is required, contact the proponent POCs below for any questions regarding qualifications. Address all other inquiries to your Regional Warrant Officer Recruiters.

POC: CW5 Paul D. Arthur
Command Chief Warrant Officer
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, 27130 Criminal Investigation Command, Quantico, VA 22164-2253
Comm: (571) 305-4007
DSN: (312) 240-4007


Reserve/National Guard CID (311A)

POC: CW5 Cruz Garcia
AC/RC Coordinator
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division Quantico, VA
Comm: (571) 305-4406
BB: (571) 286-9185