Chief Warrant Officers 2 wear nonsubdued pin-on metal rank insignia on a variety of uniform garments. They are worn on the Black All-Weather and Black Windbreaker, positioned near the squared (shoulder) ends of the shoulder loops. Regulations also permit the nonsubdued pin-on CW2 rank insignia can also be worn on the sleeves of the Blue and White Mess jackets (although we recommend embroidered bullion insignia for these jackets—see link below).

Because CW2 rank insignia are designed for wear on coat or jacket shoulders or sleeves, these insignia are sold in pairs. Customers searching for a single pin-on metal CW2 rank insignia for wear with the AGSU Garrison Gap, Black Beret, , or one or one of the Army's organizational issue colored berets (for Special Forces, Airborne, and Rangers) should visit Garrison Cap / Beret Insignia link below.

Except for Aviation Warrant Officers, promotion from Warrant Officer 1 to Chief Warrant 2 is pretty much automatic, and even they achieve a promotion rate of over 97 percent. But moving up from WO1 to CW2 also changes the status of the Warrant Officers because that is the grade at which they are commissioned in the same manner as “regular” officers. Chief Warrant Officers 2 will serve four years on active duty in the U.S. Army Reserve before they’re eligible for promotion to CW3, at which point they are integrated back into the Active Component of the U.S. Army.

More CWO 2 Rank Insignia Pre-2004 Warrant Officer Branch Items
Until 2014, Chief Warrant Officers 2 were grouped in the same category as all other Warrant Officers. But with the publication of AR 600-20, Army Command Policy, the Army divided the five Warrant Officer grades into three categories, with WO1 and CW2 classified as Company-Grade Warrant Officers. The grades of CW3 and CW4 were redesignated as Field-Grade Warrant Officers, and CW5 was placed in the Senior Field-Grade Warrant Officer classifications.

The change was made to align the Warrant Officer cohort more closely with Commissioned Officers, which also was altered by splitting the rank of Colonel from its traditional classification as a Field-Grade Officer to Senior Field-Grade Officer.

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