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Army Chief Warrant Officer 5

W-5 Warrant Officer, U.S. Army
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Army Chief Warrant Officer 5
Army Chief Warrant Officer 5
Army W-5 Chief Warrant Officer 5

Class Warrant Officer
Abbr. CW5
Title Mr. (last name) or Chief (last name)
Paygrade W-5 (DoD Paygrade)
WO-5 (NATO Code)
Salary $6820.80/mo

What is a Chief Warrant Officer 5?

Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) is the fifth, and highest, Warrant Officer rank in the Unites States Army. They are officially appointed by the the Secretary of the Army. They are master level experts of both the technical and tactical aspects of leading in their field. CW5s have extra leadership and representation responsibilities as well as the typical Warrant Officer responsibilities. Responsibilities of a Chief Warrant Officer 5 require intricate technical abilities and experience. They help with leader development, mentor-ship and advising Warrant and Branch Officers. They typically support operations at battalion, brigade, division, corps, and echelons levels above corps and other major operations.

The rank insignia of a Chief Warrant Officer 5 is very different from the other Warrant Officer rank insignias; it has three vertical stripes, the outer stripes are silver while the center stripe is black.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 is the 18th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Chief Warrant Officer 4 and directly below Second Lieutenant. A chief warrant officer 5 is a Warrant Officer at DoD paygrade W-5, with a starting monthly pay of $6820.80.

How do you become a Chief Warrant Officer 5?

A Chief Warrant Officer 5 is most often promoted from Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 5?

The correct way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 5 named Mr. Gutierrez is "Mr. Gutierrez or Chief Gutierrez", or written as CW5 Gutierrez. In formal situations, a Chief Warrant Officer 5 should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Chief Warrant Officer 5 earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Chief Warrant Officer 5 with twenty no years of experience is $6,820.80 per month. A Chief Warrant Officer 5 receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Chief Warrant Officer 5's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including food allowance, hazard pay, retirement benefits, housing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Army's Chief Warrant Officer 5 compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Pay Chart. A full table of the Army's current paygrades are available at the Army Pay Chart.

Equivalent Ranks

Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 - Equivalent to Chief Warrant Officer 5
Army
Chief Warrant Officer 5
Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 5 - Equivalent to Chief Warrant Officer 5
Marine Corps
Chief Warrant Officer 5
Navy Chief Warrant Officer 5 - Equivalent to Chief Warrant Officer 5
Navy
Chief Warrant Officer 5