Enlisted before becoming an officer? Or straight to officer? info
There are other options. Being an E8 before becoming a warrant officer gave me a lot of insight into how best to accomplish my duties as an officer.
I was very proud of being an E8 and I got a lot done, but as an officer I was privy to what battalion command was trying to accomplish and was often able to modify their methods so that the mission was accomplished more smoothly.
Also my pay and privileges weren't bad. They were roughly equivalent to a major's and all ranks consider WOs expert in their field.