being the second group to go through this hybrid course, it has its perks. Despite not experiencing the first-round hiccups, we have the benefit of making sure the course is better for future attendees. The instructors at CWOPD made sure we were all prepared for what this unique hybrid leadership opportunity had in store. In the beginning, we got to know each other through video conferencing, but when we met in person, we really became close friends. Some of us faced travel delays…some of us lost our luggage but the relationships that we formed here will continue to shape our lives and careers as we go forward. It has not only made us better CWOs, but better people and leaders. Being the link between the Enlisted and Officer ranks is not an easy task, but with the tools provided to us, we stand ready to provide a better future for our service. Each of us has a unique background, upbringing, values, and beliefs, but we share one thing in common—we are Chief Warrant Officers. Anyone in class 06-22 can attest that the course is well worth taking if you have not yet attended or are on the fence about attending; it will help you enter the wardroom more confidently, and you will be a better CWO for it.
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