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Warrant Officers—Leaders and Experts

Do you want to become an officer, but continue to be a specialist in your field? As a Warrant Officer, you’ll be a commissioned officer and subject matter expert rolled into one. You’ll become a leader and instructor within your specific career field, and advise your superiors in matters affecting your specialty. And if you feel flying is in your future, training as an Aviation Warrant Officer is the best way to earn your wings as a Guard helicopter pilot

Warrant Officer Careers

As a Warrant Officer you can be a highly skilled technical advisor in one of over 40 specialties. Take what you know, and gain the additional rank, respect and credentials to become a recognized leader.

To learn more about Warrant Officer Careers, visit NationalGuard.com

Eligibility Requirements

Before enrolling in Warrant Officer Candidate School, you'll need to meet eligibility requirements. If you are currently a member of the Army National Guard, a Reserve Soldier, a transitioning active component Soldier. You may qualify.

Age restrictions:

  • Technical Warrant Officers can appoint between the ages of 18 and 46 age waivers are considered.
  • Aviation Warrant Officers must attend Initial Entry Rotary Wing (IERW) before their 32rd birthday age waivers are considered to 36.

In addition you must:

  • Score 110 or above on the General Technical Area of the ASVAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a series of tests used to determine an applicant's qualification for military service and help determine their intellectual and occupational strengths.
  • Be a high school graduate or pass the GED.
  • Be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization.
  • Successfully pass all events on the Army Physical Fitness Test.
  • Meet certain technical qualifications for your specific career path.

As you read through the qualifications don’t make the mistake of disqualifying yourself. Contact the Warrant Officer Strength Manager to have your individual concerns and qualifications reviewed. If you don’t currently have the necessary requirements you will be provided professional guidance to achieve what’s necessary and achieve this goal.

Training

Pre Warrant Officer Candidate Course (PWOCC) is a requirement to become a warrant officer in the state of Pennsylvania. This course is designed to prepare you for the training you will receive during WOCS. You can elect to attend this course even if you have not made the commitment for this career advancement. There is no rank requirement and is conducted at the Headquarters, 166th Regiment, Fort Indiantown Gap. This course is a MUTA 5 in lieu of drill. Contact your training NCO for scheduling; course registration can be made through ATRRS. The school course code is 1012, PWOCC. (Soldiers in a wait status on ATRRS will be accepted for this course). The course is offered quarterly.

Questions with regard to course content may be addressed to the Warrant Officer Strength Manger.

Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)

After meeting the specific prerequisites through the predetermination process and being federally recognized, you'll attend Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS).  You'll hone your leadership and decision-making skills, adapt to quick on-the-spot thinking and learn consequence management. There are two training options for applicants with prior military experience:

  • Six-week active resident course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, or Distance Learning plus four and a half weeks as an E-5 with Warrior Leader Course.
  • Regional Training Institute right here in the state of Pennsylvania, completing Distance Learning, five drills and a two-week Annual Training at Camp Atterbury, IN.

Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC)

Once you've received your appointment as a Warrant Officer, you must become certified in your specialty within two years by completing the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC). The course varies in length, depending on your chosen field. WOBC will enhance and sharpen your technical fundamentals within your area. Upon completion, you will be a fully qualified Warrant Officer within the Army National Guard and be eligible for promotion to CW2. Your education will continue through Warrant Officer Advanced Training, Warrant Officer Staff Training and Warrant Officer Senior Staff Training, and your duty assignments will vary depending on reassignment opportunities within your state or territory.