New Jersey Army National Guard is looking for
more than a few good men and
women to fill 35 technical specialty
and an expected six aviation
vacancies in the New Jersey
Army National Guard’s Warrant
Officer (WO) Corps.
People like the NJARNG’s
newest warrant officer, Patrick
Daugherty. WO1 Daugherty,
formerly a Sergeant First Class
and the Chief Paralegal NCO in
the JAG office graduated with
honors from Warrant Officer
Candidate School (WOCS) at
Fort Rucker, Ala, May 20.
Daugherty, a Woolwich Township
resident in Gloucester
County is a qualified Jumpmaster
and a veteran of seven years with the Army and
five years with the NJARNG.
The newest Warrant Officer described WOCS
as both mentally and physically challenging and the
toughest four weeks of training he has experienced in
his military career to include airborne training at Fort
Benning and jumpmaster school at Fort Campbell.
Now back home at the JAG office at Fort Dix, the
AGR Legal Administrator will be busy assisting and
managing the day-to-day operations of the Army’s
legal office that includes the AGR Staff Judge Advocate,
the Staff Judge Advocate, five attorneys, a legal
administrator, and a paralegal NCO. Daugherty
attributes the JAG’s ever increasing work load on the
large number of mobilizations and deployments and
the related need for increased numbers of pre-mobilization
briefings, wills, powers of attorney, family
care plans; and assisting commanders and staff of
the New Jersey National Guard and their families on
diverse legal issues arising from mobilizations.
According to DA PAM 600-11, a WO is the highly
specialized expert and trainer, who, by gaining progressive
levels of expertise and leadership, operates,
and manages the Army’s equipment,
support activities, or technical
systems for an entire
career. Primary areas of WO
specialties in the NJARNG include
Ordnance, and Signal
with plans to expand in Field
Artillery and Military Intelligence.
Basic appointment qualifications
for WOs include: minimum
GT score of 110; must
meet height and weight standards
of AR 600-9; be a U.S.
citizen, or have entered the U.S.
lawfully for permanent residence;
possess or be able to
obtain a secret clearance; be a
high school graduate, or pass the GED; must be able
to pass an AR 40-501 Chapter 2 Appointment Physical,
and must have letters of recommendation specific
to the requested WO MOS from Company,
Battalion, and Brigade level Commanders.
Upon approval, ALL applicants must successfully
complete a weekend Pre-Warrant Officer Candidate
Course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania
and will have two years after Federal Recognition as
a Candidate to complete WOCS at Fort Rucker.
Graduates of WOCS are appointed as a WO1, and
hold a conditional MOS 001A0. Rated Aviation
graduates remain at Fort Rucker where they will
complete flight school. Technical Service graduates
return to home station, and then have two years to
complete Warrant Officer Basic Course at the Proponent
to become MOS qualified and retain WO
Soldiers that wish to pursue a warrant officer
career should contact CW2 Glenn Eckenrode who
was selected as the NJARNG’s first full time Warrant
Officer Recruiter. Chief Eckenrode can be reached
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.