Warrant Officer Promotion Requirements

By Margi Desmond; Updated July 05, 2017

Time in Grade

A Warrant Officer may be considered for promotion from WO1 to CW2 in two years. Promotion from CW2 to CW3 is possible after five to six years, and officers may be promoted from CW3 to CW4 in five to six years. Promotion from CW4 to CW5 is dependent upon the needs of the Army.

Military Education Requirements

A Warrant Officer is eligible for promotion from WO1 to CW2 after completion of the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC). Promotion from CW2 to CW3 is possible after successful completion of WOBC. Officers may be promoted from CW3 to CW4 pending completion of Senior Warrant Officer Training (SWOT) and the Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC). Promotion from CW4 to CW5 is dependent upon completion of the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course (WOSSC).

Board Selection

Selection boards meet each year to consider officer promotions. Officers with a rank of WO1 meeting selection criteria will be promoted without the board's approval. All other officers must be selected by the board after it carefully examines the candidate's eligibility requirements.

About the Author

Margi Desmond has been writing since 1993. She attended East Carolina University and worked as a journalist for "The East Carolinian" and "The Marauder." She has written presentations, newsletters and manuals for financial, insurance, health care and automotive industries. She earned a Bachelor of Science in communications.