$100,000. That’s what the Army is offering to Special Forces Warrant Officers in case they reenlist.

Special Forces (SF) warrant officers are combat leaders and staff officers. They are experienced subject-matter experts in unconventional warfare, operations, intelligence fusion, and planning and execution at all levels across the operational continuum. Special Forces warrant officers advise commanders on all aspects of special operations and are responsible for the integration of emerging technologies. Warrant officers in the rank of WO1, CW2, and select CW3 serve on a Special Forces Operational Detachment–Alpha (SFOD-A) primarily as the assistant detachment commander and can also serve as the detachment commander (in the absence of a commander) or the commander of specialized teams.

To become an SF Warrant Officer is no easy task in the small community. They must be at least an SSG and have served for three years already on an SFOD-A. They must also have a 1/1 language proficiency in their target language. Moreover, they must meet the medical fitness standards for SF duty and commission within 24 months of application submission. Finally, they must have at least the minimum letters of recommendation (LORs) from the following: SF group commander, SF CCWO, SF battalion commander, and SF company commander. If they don’t have one of these, they aren’t going to be selected.

Typically the SF Warrant Officer is older, 32-35, with 12-15 years already in the military. This is crucial when being second in command to a new Captain, whose right arm most likely doesn’t have a combat patch. However, increasingly, senior warrant officer positions are being unfilled or being filled by a junior Warrant Officer. Currently, only 75 percent of the SF Warrant Officer positions are filled.