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.

Special Forces Warrant Officers 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.


  • Hold a CMF 18 MOS.
  • Be an SSG (E-6) or above.
  • Have a minimum of three years documented (NCOER) experience assigned to a Special Forces Operational Detachment–Alpha (SFOD-A).
  • Have a current DA Form 330 (within one year) with at least a 1/1 language proficiency.
  • 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.
  • Be Achilles Dagger (AD) qualified or Level III qualified. If AD qualification is older than two years, the SM must have employed Level II tasks or received refresher training in the last two years and be verified by the Group Commander in his letter of recommendation (LOR).
  • Have at least the minimum LORs from the following:
    • SF Group Commander
    • SF CCWO
    • SF Battalion Commander
    • SF Company Commander

Individuals serving outside an operational Special Forces Group must receive a letter of endorsement from the current group commander of the gaining Special Forces Group. An individual requesting to change Special Forces Groups must have a letter of release from their current group commander and a letter of acceptance from the current group commander of the gaining Special Forces Group.

Army National Guard applicants must meet the prerequisites listed above and submit their packets through their state CCWO or strength manager.