This article by two senior RAAF Warrant Officers—Ken Robertson and Tina Hill—puts forward a fascinating argument about the future role(s) of contemporary Warrant Officers.


Ken Robertson and Tina Hill, in this article, do the following:

  • Describe how the rank of Warrant Officer evolved.
  • Argue that more consideration needs to be given to the potential social influence of the Warrant Officer on the wider workforce.
  • That the use of social influence as a component of modern warfare means the role of the Warrant Officer in the social sphere becomes increasingly important.
  • Describe the most critical role of the modern Warrant Officer as 'the voice of the enlisted'.
  • Provide a thought-provoking discussion regarding how the role of the modern Warrant Office is evolving into that of a 'generalist culture practitioner'.