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U.S. Army Special Forces: "The Green Berets"

The Assistant Detachment Commander

What is a Special Forces Warrant Officer?

The Special Forces Warrant Officer position was instituted in the early '80s to replace the First Lieutenants that were then serving as Executive Officers on the Special Forces Detachments Alpha (A-Teams). This decision was made to provide officer continuity and Special Operations experience on the detachment.

The Warrant Officer was ideally suited to replace the First Lieutenant because he came directly from the ranks as a Special Forces NCO. He was frequently one of the most experienced members on the team.

The SF Warrant Officer is the tactical and technical expert, regional authority, primary advisor to the Detachment Commander, and the detachment chief of staff. An SF Warrant Officer can expect to stay on the same detachment longer than anyone else on the team. He normally has spent most of his Special Forces career in the same SF Group and can expect to focus his attention on the same region of the world for the rest of his career.

Duty description of the Special Forces Warrant Officer:

Commands in the absence of the detachment commander; serves as technical and tactical authority in all aspects of Special Forces operations; supervises all staff activities; is the psychological operations (PSYOPs) and Civil Affairs authority; has cultural, regional, and linguistic abilities; manages the mid-term and long-term planning.

The Warrant Officer serves as the second in command of a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, and assumes command of the SFOD - A or a task-organized element as required. He directs and supervises all staff functions, to include developing the detachment's mid- and long-range plans. He also develops and updates operational plans and target data, and prepares the detachment to operate in all physical environments.

What are the requirements for becoming a Special Forces Warrant Officer?

  • Rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG/E-6) or above.
  • A Special Forces MOS (18B, 18C, 18D, 18E, 18F, or 18Z). 
  • A minimum of three years rated time on an SF-ODA. 
  • A Score of 85 or better on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (or a current 2/2 language rating). 
  • Completion of the Special Forces Operations and Intelligence course prior to October 3, 1994 or SF Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ANCOC). 
  • Letters of recommendation from commanders at the detachment, company, battalion and group levels (also recommended is a strong letter of recommendation from another Special Forces Warrant Officer with personal knowledge of the applicants abilities).


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