A subject close to my heart, once a BOWO always a BOWO, however staying in line with the post any individual wether BOWO, FOWO, DOWO, COWO or Logistics Warrant Officer/Warrant Officer Logistics is generally refered to by those in the know as an OWO, an Ordnance Warrant Officer.
Those DCOS`s who devalue and incorrectly title thier OWO`s as WO Logs / Log WO`s should be taken out at dawn and shot, I blame the lack of senior main stream supply Officers, the lack of which has taken our focus away from supply and accounting practices, Op TELIC springs to mind as the latest example of this, not just in theatre but more importantly in the Base Supply areas back in the UK.
An OWO in a position as a Logistics Warrant Officer or Warrant Officer Logistics is in my mind incorrectly titled. The term Logistics as already pointed out encompasses other disciplines not really covered by an OWO, Transport, Catering, Postal Courier, to name a few.
In essence an OWO is responsible for the accounting and supply of all "materiel" within his AOR and funnily enough the BOWO`s course as it still reffered to is entitled the (Formation) Supply Warrant Officers Course, not a mention of the word Logistics. However this should not lead to a change in title.
A (Formation) Supply Warrant Officer would end up being a BSWO, DSWO, or whatever, this has a crap ring to it, does not roll off the tounge and the SWO bit looks to light blue for my liking (RAF Station Warrant Officer).
So in summary the appointment of OWO still rings a certain fear into QM's staff and should remain unchanged and those that are be reverted lest we fianally forget what the position means and stands for, the day this happens the last meaningful remains of the RAOC element within the RLC will be lost forever and the corps will lapse into a dark void of chaos and misery....................................
QMs do not fear the OWO they may be naturally nervous about being inspected, but the ethos these days points towards advise rather than heavy handed tactics. The OWO network police the Accounts and impliment current policy and procedures. The OWO wants the unit to operate well and through sound advise and application he does this.
To say a QM will fear them is foolish, anyone who gets inspected can feel nervous, a professional OWO will put the individuals at ease and help them be more professional.
The only organisation likely to be in fear are those who are clueless or have something to hide.