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Not your average officer, specialized Soldiers wear the warrant

By Master Sgt. Thomas O’Hara | Army Reserve Communications | April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017 — If you are currently serving your country in any military service, in any rank, and are looking for an opportunity to grow your skillset and better prepare for life after your career, the U.S. Army Reserve has put out a warrant for you.

Currently, the Reserve has more than 1,000 vacancies in warrant positions through AGR, TPU and IMA assignments across all military occupational specialties. (See sidebar) Chief Warrant Officer 5 Russell P. Smith, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Army Reserve, is looking to fill those billets with the best the Nation has to offer.

“Army Reserve warrant officers are typically the service’s most self-aware and adaptive technical experts, combat leaders and trainers,” said Smith. “Men and women who are confident warriors, innovative problem solvers, highly skilled on the most current of technologies, and unique in their ability to develop and lead specialized Soldier teams.”

“Candidly, we also get to do fun things,” Smith added. “Warrants fly aircraft, drive boats, solve crimes, as well as perform specialized work in intelligence and warfare planning.”

“The Reserve needs stellar non-commissioned officers, including those from sister services and active duty, willing to take that next challenge,” said Smith. “In addition to NCOs, junior commissioned officers disenfranchised with their duties or field grade officers interested in obtaining new and more easily transferable skill-sets as they prepare to transition into the civilian world, can trade their current position for a warrant position without losing their time served at the higher rank.”

“Between specialized training as a warrant and our public private partnership program, this is an opportunity that can greatly assist Soldiers in finding a well-paying career to go along with service in the Army Reserve,” said Smith.

For those not looking to transition into the private sector but faced with impending retirement in their current rank, can extend their careers as a warrant officer. Typically, serving as a warrant allows Soldiers to serve until age 60 (62 with a waiver). In addition, accession bonuses of $20,000 or student loan bonuses of up to $30,000 (check your eligibility: http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/WOgeninfo_mos.shtml ), as well as training and practice programs to help increase GT scores to meet eligibility requirements are also available.

In an era with shrinking national resources and many mid-career officers heading out the door due to mandated down-sizing, filling the vacant Army Reserve warrant officer positions with experienced and eligible Soldiers across all ranks and service is a way to extend an individual career, better prepare for life in the private sector and still fulfill a much-needed National need. “It’s a win for the Soldier and the Reserve,” said Smith.

For those already in the Army Reserve, talk with your Army Reserve Career Counselor about opportunities available to you, or visit: http://stayarmyreserve.army.mil/cmo/cmo_wo1-2.html for more information. For those on active duty, considering service in the Army Reserve through the Warrant Officer program, contact your local Reserve Component Career Counselor or contact the RCCC Help Desk at 502-613-4200 for additional assistance.