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Special Forces Warrant Officer

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Issues within Special Forces today are not in short supply. Persistent combat operations for the past 15 years have taken its toll on the regiment from combat injuries to the loss of institutional knowledge. In regards to the Special Forces Warrant Officer, a loss of knowledge or to be more specific the lack of time to expand our knowledge base presents an issue. Within the definition of a Special Forces Warrant Officer it is stated:

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
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What makes the SF Warrant Officer an expert? Within the regiment the warrant is highly sought after due to their operational knowledge gained through years of experience, but to reach the level of a true expert, one must seek education both with the PME system and civilian education. Education is the key to ensure that the SF Warrant officer is an expert in all relevant subject matters. The Special Forces branch has taken steps to ensure that SF Warrant Officers have an outline of what education one should seek through DA PAM 600-3 (DEC 2014). Each grade plate has a suggested level of PME and education including the Warrant Officer Advance Course (WOAC), Special Operations Warrant Officer Immediate Education Level (SOWOILE), and the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course (WOSSC). It also recommends civilian education from an Associate’s Degree to a Master’s Degree. However, with each of these it only states one “should” have each of these not “must”. This is not only an issue of the SF Warrant Officer but with all Warrant Officer specialties, as discussed at the Warrant Officer Solarium (JAN 2016) held at Fort Leavenworth, KN. An attendee suggested that the PME requirement be published. Noting that the current verbiage in Army Regulation 350-1, "Army Training and Leader Development," and Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-3, "Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management System" should be changed from "should have" PME for warrants to "must have" PME. Warrant officers fall within the officer corps so PAM 600-3 is applicable. ("Solarium: Warrants want to get in STEP with professional military education") This is also true with each level of civilian education as a mere
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