The Army is looking for NCOs with food safety experience to apply for possible promotion to warrant officer. (Rachel Larue/Army)
Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Davis, a food safety officer from the National Guard, sprays a cow with deworming formula while deployed to Ghana. (Sgt. Elisebet Freeburg/Army)
The Army is accepting applications from qualified enlisted soldiers of the active and reserve components who want to become food safety warrant officers.
The fiscal 2015 training program for appointment as an MOS 640A warrant officer requires successful completion of the six-week warrant officer candidate course at Fort Rucker, Ala., followed by the month-long Veterinary Corps warrant officer basic course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The deadline for the submission of applications to Recruiting Command headquarters is July 18. Selections will be made by a board that meets at Fort Knox, Ky., on or about Aug. 12. Selectees who are stationed overseas will have their tours curtailed to meet training report dates in 2015.
To qualify for the accessions program, applicants must hold enlisted MOS 68R (food inspection specialist) or 68S (preventive medicine specialist), and have at least five, but not more than 12, years of experience in those specialties.
Interested soldiers who do not hold these MOSs, but who have documented experience in food inspection and food safety operations, can request a waiver from the chief of the Army Veterinary Corps.
Other application criteria:
■Be in the rank of sergeant, or higher, and have credit for completion of the Advanced Leaders Course by July 18.
■Applicants must have an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college.
■Applicants must have a GT (General Technical) scores of 110, or higher, on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.
For specific details about these requirements, and potential waivers, consult MilPer Message 14-102, dated April 10.