The ARs are all over on this (ie, they allude to it, etc, but are clear as mud). Buuut,
DA Pam 600-3 (he should be aware of this as it applies to him too for career timeline and PME progression...):
- Para 1-4: "For this publication, the term "officers" encompasses warrant officers (warrant officers are appointed by commission at the grade of chief warrant officer two (CW2)), company grade officers, and field grade officers. All officers are direct representatives of the President of the United States."
And the coup de grace (unless he thinks the guys that write DA Pams are full of it...). Same DA Pam 600-3, para 3-9a (Warrant Officer Definitions):
- Warrant officer one/chief warrant officer two. A WO1 is an officer appointed by warrant with the requisite authority pursuant to assignment level and position given by the President of the United States. CW2s and above are commissioned officers with the requisite authority pursuant to assignment level and position as given by the President of the United States. WO1’s and CW2’s primary focus is becoming proficient and working on those systems linked directly to their AOC/MOS. As they become experts on the systems they operate and maintain, their focus migrates to integrating their systems with other branch systems.
If you want to blow his mind, the Army now considers CW3s (good luck with that one...I never got special consideration minus one MAC flight out of Kuwait for R&R...) and CW4s are now "Field Grades". Granted CW4s always had that deference--but regulatory is nice. AR 600-20 (Command Policy), Table 1-1 is that ref.
Get back in your flight books...
Edited by METT-TC, 03 December 2018 - 12:47.