Warrant Officer Ranks

Created by Captain Tyler Malbrooke on Sun Oct 22nd, 2017 @ 10:08pm

Warrant Officers

Warrant Officers make up the technical foundation of the Starfleet. Throughout their careers, they specialize in a technical area like intelligence, engineering, security, or shuttle craft piloting. Although they make up less than three percent of total fleet strength, Warrant Officers have a great job responsibility that includes training Crewmen, organizing and advising on missions, and advancing within their career specialties.


  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent degree
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of enlistment and not have passed their 33rd birthday at the time of selection (for shuttle pilots) or their 46th birthday for all other specialties. Age waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Be a citizen of the Federation.
  • For WOFT Candidates only: Achieve a qualifying score on the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT). SIFT test results are valid indefinitely, as long as verifiable official records exist. No waivers are available for failure to meet the minimum SIFT score.
  • Earn a General Technical score of 110 or higher on the Starfleet Vocational Aptitude Battery (SVAB).
  • Have at least 12 months remaining on their enlistment contract.
  • Meet Starfleet screening for height and weight standards by race and pass the standard three-event Starfleet Physical Fitness Test (SPFT) not more than six months before their application packet is boarded.
  • Take a physical exam and meet entry medical fitness standards as determined by Starfleet Medical authorities no more than 24 months prior to the date of application. Shuttle Pilot applicants must also undergo a Class 1A Flight Physical Examination and have results approved by Flight Surgeons at Starfleet Medical, prior to the selection board. The Flight Physical must be less than 18 months old.
  • Grade requirements at least Petty Officer 2nd Class for Shuttle Pilot and Chief Petty Officer for all other Specialities
  • Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)

    Is the most advanced enlisted specialty School in all of Starfleet and is held at Starfleet Academy. It's length differs between specific specialty, but ranges from 10-40 weeks. Upon graduating from (WOCS), the new Warrant Officer is an expert in his field of study. The newest Warrant Officer outranks the most experienced enlisted Starfleet member, but is still outranked by the newest Starfleet Academy's Ensign. Examples of Warrant Officer specialties are: Damage Control, Warp Field Management, Shuttle Craft Pilot, Signal Analyst, Imagery Analyst, etc.

    Warrant Officer Grades

    Even though Warrant Officers are considered commissioned officers when they become Chief Warrant Officers, they are drawn exclusively from the ranks of enlisted personnel. The Warrant Officer (WO1) becomes commissioned in the ranks that follow it and act as a special form of commissioned officer bridging the gap between enlisted personnel and officers. Only Chief, Senior Chief, or Master Chief Petty Officers can apply to the Warrant Officer ranks (with the exception of Shuttle Pilot Warrants}. A W01 is referred to as "Mr."

    There are three grades (not classes) of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) ranging from two to four. Traditionally, very little difference exists between a CWO2 and a higher-ranking CWO, aside from more responsibility and a longer career path. Like Chief Petty Officers from the enlisted ranks, it is not uncommon to refer to a chief warrant officer simply as "Chief." Chief warrant officers can command departments, but never a vessel or facility except in the direst of emergencies, when no other commissioned officers are available.

    (CWO 4th Grade)
    (CWO 3rd Grade)
    (CWO 2nd Grade)

    (Warrant Officer)

    Categories: USS Pioneer