Posted on Nov 18, 2013
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With the draw-down creeping ever so closely now, leadership will start to retire and will have a limited leadership for the junior enlisted. Unless there will be some kind of way to balance the chain-of -command, would a buck sergeant be a way out of this issue and/or a Chief Warrent Officer?
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CW4 Gary Smith
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If you want a career professional that focuses on a specific mission critical task for the duration of their service; make sure you have Warrant Officers.

Warrant Officers will ensure the systems function, a proper mission assessment is made and that negative trends cease to exist.

Commanders can then focus on mission planning, issuing the order and leading the force.

NCO's can then execute a well planned mission.


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MSgt Paul Connors
MSgt Paul Connors
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Amen Chief! Well said. I am a HUGE fan of the Warrant Officer Corps and wish the USAF did not eliminate them. Because it did, IMO, the USAF is not an equal opportunity employer due to the lack of advancement into the non-existent WO corps that our brethren and sisters have in out sister services.
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CW2 David Theriault
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2 cents... from a Green and Blue perspective...
US Army retired Chief Warrant Officer (Signal)
Prior Service Air Force TSgt and SrA BTZ...

1. Buck Sergeant
- Air Force version of the Corporal. NCO authority
- SrA = a Specialist (all work - no leadership role)
- Bring it back ... When I made Buck Sergeant I was recognized by Superiors/everyone as a leader.

2. Warrant Officer
- not a day in 8 years did I ever wish I was an NCO again.
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My daily concern was that my Commander was covered all the
Signal/Communications/COMSEC functions of my Ranger Battalion. He never
worried and I didn't let him. I was the Chief Technology Officer of the
unit. I made sure the technical /technologies ran, I worked with Vendor
Management, Contracting and served as the focal point for all technical
discussions with the Base (Post) Communications.

- Air Force
made a big mistake taking away the set of individuals who daily were
neck deep in the technical aspects the job. The Air Force in the 60's
thought that by creating E8 amd E9 (SMSgt and CMSgt) that they would be
the technical experts on a daily basis. In my interactions in two wars
... in both Army and Joint environments, I was more involved
technically than any Senior NCO of any branch.

- Commander's came
to me BEFORE any Senior NCO and I was called to see the Task Force
Commander and BN Commander's. Very seldom did they go brief the "Boss"!

Background:
The Air Force a little discussed population of long term SSgt and
TSgt"s. They do not wish to be managers or leaders. Just technies,
fixing planes, radios, fighting fires and solving crime. The Air Force
carries them to 20 and they punch out.
They would be a good it to be
Warrant Officers. They can be techy all day long and not worry about
being promoted to MSgt and ending up as the Mobility NCO, Health and
Welfare NCO or some other lame position that really is a dead-end.

I liked being in the Air Force... I LOVED being a Warrant Officer.

Good topic... bring them both back.

DT
Chief Warrant Officer (Retired).. former Air Force Guy!
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Sgt Fred Beltzer
Sgt Fred Beltzer
6 mo
Eliminate Airman Basic or better yet Sr. Airman, non event anyway. Bring back Buck Sgt. aka Sgt.; three strips traditionally means Sgt. It just makes sense, also provides a much needed recognition.
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MSgt Robert "Rock" Aldi
MSgt Robert "Rock" Aldi
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I go with " bring back buck" as others have eluded too..I'm of the opinion that I had more "clout" as a buck E-4 than as a Master E-7....those were different times
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TSgt James Potter
TSgt James Potter
6 mo
I would rather work the flight line in a blizzard than sit in the office and write EPR's
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MSgt Paul Connors
MSgt Paul Connors
6 mo
Well said Chief! I agree completely and the USAF is NOT an EEO service due to the lack of a WO cohort.
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SSgt Cable and Antenna Systems
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Only if they give a slight increase in pay. For the increase in responsibility that comes with the monicre.
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