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HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – According to today’s presentation at the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, transitioning to warrant officer allows Soldiers to further their own careers while simultaneously addressing critical needs of the military. Twenty-five Soldiers heeded that call and attended a Warrant Officer Career Day at Joint Force Headquarters today where they heard presentations, interacted informally with current warrant officers and participated in break-out sessions.
Even if all those Soldiers succeeds in transitioning to warrant officer, there will still be need for more. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Quinn, state command chief warrant officer stated the Massachusetts National Guard is currently at 85.7% strength on warrant officers; there are 30 warrant officer vacancies in the state. Warrant officer positions span 13 branches and 25 different Military Occupational Specialties.
“Becoming a warrant officer changes your career in a significant and beneficial way,” said Quinn, who presided over the Warrant Officer Career Day. “It is a great career path and worth the effort to get there.”
And there is a lot of “effort to get there.” Warrant officers must complete a rigorous Warrant Officer Candidate School offered as a five to seven week residency program at Fort Rucker, Alabama or a part-time seven month program at the Regional Training Institute located at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. The part-time program involves one weekend per month for six months, a two-week residency and a two week distance learning component. This year the Massachusetts National Guard sent one Warrant Officer Candidate to Fort Rucker and enrolled seven more in the part-time program at the Regional Training Institute. “Most warrant officers began as experienced noncommissioned officers,” said Quinn.
Staff Sgt. Jason Hickey is one such noncommissioned officer. He believes he would be a good warrant officer because he started his military career later in life than most and has a lot of knowledge to pass along.
However, not all Soldiers interested in becoming warrants begin in the enlisted ranks. Some commissioned officers also see a benefit in going warrant.
“In the Signal Corps [becoming a warrant officer] is one of the best ways to advance technical proficiency and maintain a leadership and mentorship role,” said 1st Lt. Daniel Majorowski. He is a commissioned officer in the Massachusetts National Guard who may apply to become a warrant officer.
The warrant officer’s role in the Army is to provide subject matter expertise in a specific field. Col. Francis Magurn, land component commander, Massachusetts National Guard, described the mission of the Army’s warrant officers as “critical”.
“Warrant officers contribute a unique form of leadership,” said Magurn. “It is leadership from the side . . . by virtue of expertise and intelligence.”
For more information on a career as a warrant officer in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, contact Warrant Officer Darysabel Lopez at 508-309-5626 or Darysabel.Lopez.firstname.lastname@example.org
Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera
State Command Sergeant Major