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Army Tests Direct Appointments to Chief Warrant Officer 2
Senior noncommissioned officers in certain fields will be able to be receive a direct appointment to the rank of chief warrant officer two through an Army pilot program.

The two-year program will apply to NCOs between the grades of E-7 and E-9 in the Air Defense and Special Forces branches, officials said.

Previously, the Army appointed all new warrant officers to the rank of warrant officer regardless of their career field or previous rank. The change is designed to attract “the best experience and talent required to fill positions” and provides career incentive for senior NCOs to become warrant officers.