The Army’s greatest challenge as it reorients its formations and training towards Large Scale Combat Operations (LSCO) is balancing risk between current and future readiness. The Multi-Domain Operational (MDO) environment demands clarification and solutions for Transportation challenges in order to maximize our combat effectiveness.
Transportation Corps (TC) Warrant Officers are critical to enhancing transportation capabilities from the strategic to tactical levels during competition, crisis, conflict, and change at a moment’s notice. Transportation Warrant Officers are broken down into two (2) primary categories: Mobility and Vessel.
Mobility Warrant Officers can synchronize rail, ground, air, and sea modes as well as provide transportation resources, planning, guidance, and time-phased force deployment predictability to Leaders and Commanders in the Regular Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve. Mobility Warrant Officers are experts in all facets of transportation within MDO-LSCO and to all Combatant Commanders in order to meet National Defense Strategy requirements. Their ability to leverage the mobilization process through multiple Mobilization Force Generation Installations and deployment from the Army’s Power Projection Platforms supports all movements at the “Speed of War.”
Vessel Warrant Officers, both Marine Deck Officer and Marine Engineering Officers, improve transportation readiness through the Command Deployment Discipline Program to support a global and regional focus with the ability to integrate modern maritime capabilities, such as the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light), to any specific mission and theater, enabling the rapid deployment, support, and re-positioning of Army forces anywhere in a theater of operations.
Transportation Warrant Officers are adapting and innovating to achieve capabilities overmatch that the Army needs to be LSCO-ready. They are the quiet professionals who work day-in and day-out to Move the Army wherever and whenever.
Self-development. Warrant officers should devote time to self-development, which should include professional certifications, correspondence courses, institutional training, and civilian education. Junior warrant officers should utilize a professional reading program to broaden both their warfighting perspective and technical comprehension.
Desired experience. The junior warrant officer should focus on acquiring and refining their tactical and MOS- unique technical skills.
Education. After 2 years Time in Grade (TIG) from promotion to CW2, the warrant officer is eligible and should attend their MOS Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) no later than one (1) year after promotion to Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3). Although not a requirement for promotion, all officers in the grade of Warrant Officer One (WO1) and Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) should set as a goal the completion of an associate’s degree.
Development and broadening assignments. The CW2s can expect assignment to CW3 positions upon completion of the WOAC.
Education. After 2 years time in grade (TIG) from promotion to Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3), the warrant officer is eligible and should attend the Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education (WOILE) and the WOILE follow-on course no later than 1 year after promotion to Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4). Although not a requirement for promotion, all officers in the grade of CW3 should set as a goal the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
Development and broadening assignments. All warrant officers in the grade of CW3 are master-level tactical and technical experts. CW3s should aggressively pursue broadening and Training With Industry (TWI) assignments. CW3s can expect assignment to CW4 positions upon completion of the WOILE.
Education. Upon promotion to Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), the Warrant Officer is eligible and should attend Warrant Officer Senior Service Education (WOSSE) not later than one (1) year after promotion to Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5). Although not a requirement for promotion, all officers in the grade of CW4 should set as a goal the completion of a baccalaureate degree or start of a graduate degree.
Development and broadening assignments. CW4s are the senior-level tactical and technical experts who normally serve in Commander or supervisory, advisory, staff, or logistics roles.
Education (WOSSE) no later than 1 year after promotion to CW5. Although not a requirement for promotion, all officers in the grade of CW5 should set as a goal the completion of a graduate degree.
Development and broadening assignments. CW5s are master-level tactical and technical experts who serve in strategic supervisory, advisory, staff, logistics, and nominative MOS non-specific positions at brigade level and higher commands, Army Commands (ACOMs), Army Service Component Commands (ASCCs), and Direct Reporting Units (DRUs).
The warrant officer development model is focused on the quality and range of technical expertise. Established gateways are required to ensure that the warrant officer progresses from the entry level of their career to the subject matter expert at the strategic level. Proper development will foster warrant officers that remain the experts in their functional skill, but are also extremely diverse in knowledge based education and experience. Leader development is a deliberate, continuous, progressive process, grounded in the Army Values that grows competent, committed, professional leaders of character. Leader development is achieved through the career-long synthesis of training, education, and experiences acquired through opportunities in the in the institutional, operational, and self-development domains, supported by peer and developmental relationships.
The Transportation Corps' objective in sponsoring TWI is to expose Soldiers to civilian corporate structure, technology, and methodology in business, strategy, policy, and management in the areas of rail, air, marine shipping, trucking and freight management, package delivery and distribution, and government contracting. Knowledge and skills learned during a TWI tour will be applied throughout the Soldiers’ career to contribute to the development of transportation systems, structure, procedures, and doctrine.
Warrant Officers participate in specific industries depending on the year and MOS. Every year, Marine Deck Officers (880A), Marine Engineer Officer (881A), and Mobility Warrant Officers (882A) alternate participation.
880A TWI: Crowley Maritime Services
881A TWI: Caterpiller