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The official birthday of the Army Warrant Officer Corps is July 9, 1918, when an act of congress established the Army Mine Planter Service as part of the Coast Artillery Corps. The rank of warrant officer has a long history. For example, evidence suggests that Napoleon used warrant officers as communications links between his commissioned officers and the rank and file soldiers. The military grade of warrant officer dates back two centuries prior to Columbus, during the fledgling years of the British Navy. For the US Army, the lineage of the warrant officer can be traced back to 1896, specifically to the Headquarters Clerk (later designated the Army Field Clerk).


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:bravo: To all Army Warrants :salute:

 

The USMC has had warranted officers since 1916 when the Commandant of the Marine Corps made a request to the Secretary of the Navy for the creation of two warrant grades, Marine Gunner and Quartermaster Clerk. Those appointed were to be selected from the non-commissioned officer ranks.

 

On 26 August 1916, Congress increased the Corps strength, which included adding the rank of Warrant Officer; 43 Marine Gunners and 41 Quartermaster Clerks would be appointed. On 22 May 1917, due to commissioned officer shortages, all but three of the appointees were commissioned as temporary second lieutenants. In 1918, the grade of Pay Clerk was added.

 

In June, 1926 Congress created the commissioned warrant grades of Chief Marine Gunner, Chief Quartermaster Clerk and Chief Pay Clerk. Requirements for promotion to chief warrant officer were six years of service as a warrant officer and an examination to qualify.

 

During World War II, Congress abolished the titles of Marine Gunner / Chief Marine Gunner, Quartermaster Clerk / Chief Quartermaster Clerk, and Pay Clerk / Chief Pay Clerk. Instead they would be designated Warrant Officer / Commissioned Warrant Officer. In 1943, all Marine warrant officer ranks were aligned with the other services. They were Warrant Officer and Commissioned Warrant Officer.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :salute:

 

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The official birthday of the Army Warrant Officer Corps is July 9, 1918, when an act of congress established the Army Mine Planter Service as part of the Coast Artillery Corps. The rank of warrant officer has a long history. For example, evidence suggests that Napoleon used warrant officers as communications links between his commissioned officers and the rank and file soldiers. The military grade of warrant officer dates back two centuries prior to Columbus, during the fledgling years of the British Navy. For the US Army, the lineage of the warrant officer can be traced back to 1896, specifically to the Headquarters Clerk (later designated the Army Field Clerk).

 

 

The U.S. Navy has had warrant officer ranks since 1775.

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That is an old chart. The Army CW5 now looks like a quarter slot in a pop machine, a single black line the length of the bar.

 

 

Roger that!

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Best wishes to our favorite Warrant!

MSGT William Gould, 8th Weather Squadron, USAAF WWII
MAJ Abner J. Barnett, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Division, USA Medical Corps WWI, WWII
T 5 A. Curtis Dufield, 147th Armored Signal Company, 7th Armored Division WWII

CAPT Thomas F. Hooper, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, WWII
"And then we all got invited to World War II and everybody's life changed." (Jean Kelly Barnett Gould 1922-2009 (My mom))
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Phil. 4:11b)
"That outfit was so bad that the CHAPLAIN went over the hill with a couple of guys." William Bryson Gould 1920-2012 )(My dad))

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I read the article where this information was copied from but I am looking for official documentation. Would you by any chance have the references for these orders? Thanks!

:bravo: To all Army Warrants :salute:

The USMC has had warranted officers since 1916 when the Commandant of the Marine Corps made a request to the Secretary of the Navy for the creation of two warrant grades, Marine Gunner and Quartermaster Clerk. Those appointed were to be selected from the non-commissioned officer ranks.

On 26 August 1916, Congress increased the Corps strength, which included adding the rank of Warrant Officer; 43 Marine Gunners and 41 Quartermaster Clerks would be appointed. On 22 May 1917, due to commissioned officer shortages, all but three of the appointees were commissioned as temporary second lieutenants. In 1918, the grade of Pay Clerk was added.

In June, 1926 Congress created the commissioned warrant grades of Chief Marine Gunner, Chief Quartermaster Clerk and Chief Pay Clerk. Requirements for promotion to chief warrant officer were six years of service as a warrant officer and an examination to qualify.

During World War II, Congress abolished the titles of Marine Gunner / Chief Marine Gunner, Quartermaster Clerk / Chief Quartermaster Clerk, and Pay Clerk / Chief Pay Clerk. Instead they would be designated Warrant Officer / Commissioned Warrant Officer. In 1943, all Marine warrant officer ranks were aligned with the other services. They were Warrant Officer and Commissioned Warrant Officer.

 

Semper Fidelis, to all Marines past, present and future..

*Remembering CWO3 James Warren Maddox, USMC 1957-2018*

LOOKING FOR EARLY USMC CHEVRONS & RANK INSIGNIA, COMPETITIVE MARKSMANSHIP AWARDS, RECRUITING MATERIALS AND POSTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, PENNANTS, SIGNATURES, EARLY NUMBERED CAMPAIGN MEDALS, PRE-1900 USMC GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, USMC ENGRAVED NAVY MARKSMANSHIP MEDAL, ANY MATERIALS RELATED TO 1ST BATTALION 9TH MARINES OR ANY OF THE THREE SHIPS BEARING THE NAME "USS MADDOX".


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I was blessed during my company command to have a brilliant Warrant Officer in my motorpoool. Bless him and all the other Warrants that makes sense of the puzzles no one but they seem to understand and overcome!

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Teufelhunde.Ret.. disregard my last, I found the answer in Ranks and Grades 1775-1969 by the Historical Division. Thanks!

Semper Fidelis, to all Marines past, present and future..

*Remembering CWO3 James Warren Maddox, USMC 1957-2018*

LOOKING FOR EARLY USMC CHEVRONS & RANK INSIGNIA, COMPETITIVE MARKSMANSHIP AWARDS, RECRUITING MATERIALS AND POSTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, PENNANTS, SIGNATURES, EARLY NUMBERED CAMPAIGN MEDALS, PRE-1900 USMC GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, USMC ENGRAVED NAVY MARKSMANSHIP MEDAL, ANY MATERIALS RELATED TO 1ST BATTALION 9TH MARINES OR ANY OF THE THREE SHIPS BEARING THE NAME "USS MADDOX".


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Major Z,

I see you collect USA QM Corps items... I wonder if you have any USMC QM devices in your collection at all? Would love to see any if so! PM me sometime!

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Sgt Maddox

I was blessed during my company command to have a brilliant Warrant Officer in my motorpoool. Bless him and all the other Warrants that makes sense of the puzzles no one but they seem to understand and overcome!

 

Semper Fidelis, to all Marines past, present and future..

*Remembering CWO3 James Warren Maddox, USMC 1957-2018*

LOOKING FOR EARLY USMC CHEVRONS & RANK INSIGNIA, COMPETITIVE MARKSMANSHIP AWARDS, RECRUITING MATERIALS AND POSTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, PENNANTS, SIGNATURES, EARLY NUMBERED CAMPAIGN MEDALS, PRE-1900 USMC GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, USMC ENGRAVED NAVY MARKSMANSHIP MEDAL, ANY MATERIALS RELATED TO 1ST BATTALION 9TH MARINES OR ANY OF THE THREE SHIPS BEARING THE NAME "USS MADDOX".


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