Posted on Feb 24, 2017
CW5 Sam B.
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The CSA selection for the next Army Staff Senior Warrant Officer (ARSTAF SWO) is CW4 Billy L. Frittz. He is the CSA Assistant Executive Officer (AXO) and will serve concurrently as the ARSTAF SWO and advocate for Warrant Officers on behalf of the Army Senior Warrant Officer Council (ASWOC). He will work closely with the ASWOC to advise the CSA on the training, military and civilian education.

My apologies for the spelling error in the responses to the survey, thanks to the peanut gallery for not totally trashing my expedient error, did not sign up to be a typist. Have a great day!
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The whole question is moot. We need a CWOA, just as we have a SMA, and that CWOA needs to have the same type of portfolio for Warrant Officers as the SMA has for enlisted soldiers. Otherwise, what's the point?
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CW5 Sam B.
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PV2 (Join to see) - Private Benjamin, I've always wanted to say that, but that is what many of us thought the duty was as the ARSTAFSWO, but he was never included abs given a seat at the table.
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I suppose something to look into Sir is how was the SMA created? The Army is always changing, it never stops. So the inclusion of an actual CWOA could very well be possible. At one time the First Sergeant was a Staff Sergeant with a Diamond. At one time there were no E8's or E9's. At one time Warrant Officers were Clerks and the corps only had 2 ranks where now it has 5.

Then of course everyone has to follow suit, well everyone but the Air Force since they got rid of their Warrant Officers.
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CW4 Byron Dean
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CW5 Sam B. A Thousand thumbs up for the history of the politics behind this. Thanks for taking the time to educate us...And I thought warrants were above this political BS. I guess that's what happens when we are no longer a corps and just looking out for our branch...smh.
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CW5 Sam B.
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PV2 (Join to see) - How very true, we went from one to two, then 2 to four, then four to five!
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I am not sure the CSA realized how this appeared. It's one thing to appoint CW4's to CCWO positions (where they would get their CW5), but this is supposed to be the top warrant position in the Army. I mean the position should be worthy of at least an existing CW5 (in my opinion), just like you wouldn't make an E8 the SMA. Additionally this makes it look like he is either picking some random CW4 or someone who he is "friends" with. I get that the CSA may want someone he can trust, but doing this seems like a slap in the face to every other qualified CW5 in the force. Hopefully our CW5's out there are voicing their concern on this, however, the CSA does not seem like someone who will easily change his mind once his decision has been made.
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CW5 Sam B.
CW5 Sam B.
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I think there are about half of the 578 CW5's out there that concur with you, the other half may not even know there is or was a ARSTFSWO.
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CW4 Byron Dean
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Cronyism at its finest. How can this guy be competitive for this position if he wasn't competitive with his year group for promotion to CW5? It shows how much they (the CSA) value this position.
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CW5 Sam B.
CW5 Sam B.
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I think it was a pretty firm right hook to the cohort due to the progress/regress depending on your position relative to how you think WO2025 was perceived. If it was intentional, it was a lesson to those who think we need a ARSTFSWO (to ensure coverage and consideration of warrant officer input to leaders and processes) or it was an oversight and an honest mistake. It is my belief that the position itself was going to be removed and not ever filled again, however it was retained and downgraded to a CW4 billet which makes no sense. We are such a small portion of the military and the Army, however valuable we are to the force. I personally think it should be a post branch CWOB billet where one has shown the physical, mental and professional ability to lead the cohort with other Senior Army leaders.
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CW5 Sam B.
CW5 Sam B.
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Has anyone seen any movement or heard anything since the appointment?
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CW5 Andy Fisher
CW5 Andy Fisher
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CW5 Sam B. - He wasn't selected for promotion to CW5.
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CW5 Sam B.
CW5 Sam B.
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Yes, I've heard that.
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