Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description

352S - Signals Collection Technician


(Duties) Performs as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) and advisor to the Commander in regards to Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) collection, analysis. Manages personnel and equipment to collect, process, locate, identify, analyze and report on SIGINT information to support tactical, operational, and strategic requirements across all domains. Manages training for subordinates and peers on technical, operational, and tactical SIGINT skills required to perform the mission. Coordinates staff actions to fulfill all requirements in support of SIGINT mission activities and the Commander’s intent.


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


352S Prerequisites

  • Must be a SGT (E-5) or above. (NO WAIVERS)
  • Applicants must be eligible to gain system and/or facility access controlled by the NSA. 
  • Must have successfully completed ALC Phase 1 or SSD-2/DLC II.
  • Must have a minimum of four years operational experience in MOS 35S in at least two assignments.
  • Must submit a minimum of three (3) NCOERs reflecting technical, tactical competence and exceptional duty performance ratings as a 35S demonstrating direction, application, and or management of SIGINT assets and/or personnel conducting SIGINT Exploitation duties, demonstrated by rater and senior rater comments. It is recommended applicants wait for their most recent finalized NCOER prior to application submission. The most recent NCOER provided cannot exceed 12 months from the date the WO Application is submitted.   Applicants WILL submit all NCOERS regardless of duty position or duty MOS for review by the MI WO Proponent and Accession Board.    

    Rater’s bullet comments reflecting performance:

    ◾MOS competency and technical ability must be clearly stated on the NCOER

    ◾Supervisory capacity (leadership) in MOS by position or assignments

    ◾Bullets must identify that the NCO was responsible for executing MOS functions

    ◾Ability to lead and perform at a higher level in a stressful demanding environment

    Senior Rater's bullet comments reflecting potential:

    ◾Exceptional promotion potential

    ◾Capacity to serve in assignments or positions of increased supervisory responsibility

  • Must have a current Top Secret clearance based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and must be currently eligible for access to sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) prior to acceptance into the WOCS. Applicants requiring periodic reinvestigation (PR) must submit their PR paperwork prior to submitting a WO Accession Application. 
  • Had a CI Scope Polygraph within 7 years of submission of WO Packet. Applicants whose CI Scope Polygraph is within 6 months of expiration are required to obtain a new CI Scope Polygraph prior to submission of a Warrant Officer packet.
  • Enclose a written Letter of Recommendation (LoR) from a senior 352S (CW3-CW5). Senior Warrant Officer Letter must include a line indicating applicant is aware of current NSA/CSS Military Affairs Division (MAD) security guidelines.   If no senior 352S is available please contact Proponent for guidance/assistance. (NO WAIVERS)


Direct all warrant officer application inquiries to a Warrant Officer Recruiter.  Contact the proponent POC below only for questions regarding MI prerequisites qualifications.


CW5 Brian N. Dickenson

MI Warrant Officer Proponent

E-mail: brian.n.dickenson.mil@mail.mil

DSN: 821.1181 or COMM: 520.533.1181


CW4 Tara K. Andes

MI Warrant Officer Proponent

E-mail: tara.k.andes.mil@mail.mil

DSN: 821.1181 or COMM: 520.533.1181



                                                                                                Last Update: 9 November 2020