If you only knew, would you still apply for the chief warrant officer program? If I had to do it all over again—yes, I would. My 16 years' service prior to commissioning, however, did not lead me to believe that chief warrant officers were thought of as lesser officers. I now make sure that every chief and first-class petty officer I counsel knows what he is in for. Did you know that: they drive ships and even command ashore (sometimes); they are fully vested to take command of a ship; are commissioned officers upon initial appointment; and they have dates of rank and lineal numbers that mean nothing except in relation to other chief warrants?
Nobody Asked Me, But ... Are Chief Warrant Officers Oxymorons?
By Chief Warrant Officer (W-3) Todd C. Knop, U.S. Navy