This came across my desk from the G1 via the flag route;
Subject: G-1 Sends for Warrant Officer Aviation Retention (UNCLASSIFIED)
Fellow General Officers and Commanders,
We are short active duty warrant officer aviators. This is a result of
under assessing driven by fiscal constraints of the past few years which
resulted in training fewer Army Aviators than required. Additionally we are
also in the midst of a strong civilian job market that seeks to employ our
current population of talented aviators.
Our first priority is to increase Regular Army Warrant Officer Aviator
accessions and training throughput to match the requirements. Starting in
FY17, we increased our accessions mission and have coordinated Training
Resource Arbitration Panel actions to ensure the appropriate number of
aviator candidates are selected and begin the accessions process.
Accessions will continue to surge through FY19 in order to rebuild the
Warrant Officer Aviator foundation.
We must also reduce attrition below normal levels until accessions can
rebuild the base. We will accomplish lower attrition by offering monetary
and non-monetary incentives. Beginning in FY18, Regular Army Warrant
Officers and a limited number of Active Duty for Operational Support Reserve
Component aviators in select specialties may qualify for the Aviation Bonus.
Aviators who agree to an additional Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO)
may be eligible for the talent management based incentives that vary based
upon aviator career advancement and aircraft qualification.
We will also explore ways to stabilize the force through non-monetary
changes in continuing education programs, assignment stabilization at
critical locations, and promotion policies. Over the past two years aviator
promotion rates have stabilized and we will continue to ensure promotion
opportunity for our top performers. In addition to the accession and
retention efforts we are also evaluating our ADSO and Active Federal Service
policies for new aviators to ensure longevity and retention of their skills
Would appreciate your encouragement to our current aviation warrant
officers to continue to serve. Would also ask for you to help us identify
NCOs who would be great warrant officer candidates and future aviation
Thanks for all that you do!