Chief Warrant Officer 4

Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4)

Classification Warrant Officer
Abbreviation CW4
NATO Code WO-4
Service UfU Army
Address Mr. (last name) or Chief (last name)
What are a Chief Warrant Officer 4’s Responsibilities?

After CW3, the next level of the Warrant Officer ranks is Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4). CW4’s stand even more experienced tactical and technical experts in their specific military craft than CW3’s.

CW4’s are also recognized as more capable leaders and perhaps the most knowledgeable technical experts in their chosen craft in the units in which they serve.

Soldiers holding the rank of CW4 serve at unit levels from battalion to brigade to division to corps and in some cases in levels above corps, such as combatant command or forces command.

With a level of technical and tactical expertise matched by no one in the Army save other soldiers of their rank and surpassed only by soldiers holding the rarely awarded rank of CW5, CW4’s are rare in the Army and invaluable to its functioning.

The duties and responsibilities that they discharge include serving as technical experts and leaders, systems managers, sustainment providers and experts, systems and unit integrators, advisors, and maintainers.

As they attain even more experience and expertise while serving in the grade of CW4, soldiers bearing this rank learn to focus on integrating efforts across the Army (i.e. Infantry, Armor, Aviation, etc.), which operations are known as combined, and across the military (i.e. Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.), which operations are known as joint.


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