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How to get promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Navy Promotion to W-3 Chief Warrant Officer 3

A Chief Warrant Officer 3 is a Warrant Officer in the United States Navy at DoD paygrade W-3. This page describes how the Navy determines who is eligible for the promotion list to Chief Warrant Officer 3.

Chief Petty Officers of all ranks, including E-6 CPO Selectees, are eligible to apply for Chief Warrant Officer and Limited Duty Officer programs. Applications are sent to a special convening board consisting of high-ranking CWOs and LDOs. Eligibility criteria are similar to those required to promoting within the CPO community.

Once selected, sailors go through a five-week commissioning program at Newport, RI and are promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 2. Former Master Chiefs are immediately promoted to CWO-3. The rank of W-1 was eliminated in the 1970s, as it was a pay cut from the previous rank, and the promotion rate was 100% after a short amount of time.

Want to learn more? Read about the Navy's Chief Warrant Officer 3 rank on Military-Ranks.org.