Warrant Officer

Masters of their universe

Warrant Officers are technical and tactical experts. They are considered to be the best of the best in their field. Following the warrant officer path means you would be critical to administering and executing plans, as well as being the leader officers and enlisted personnel look to for advice and direction.

Specialized training prepares you to be a technical and tactical expert in your concentration and an effective leader, instructor and advisor to both subordinates and commanders who depend on you. With over 40 different tech warrant specialties, you will likely have options to select from based on your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Whichever warrant officer career direction you choose, you’ll be on a path to higher rank, increased responsibility and authority, and greater pay and benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

Before enrolling in Warrant Officer Candidate School, you will need to meet eligibility requirements. If you are currently a member of the Army National Guard, a reserve Soldier, a transitioning active component Soldier, or a current or former warrant officer, you may qualify.

Age restrictions:

  • Technical warrant officers can appoint between the ages of 18 and 46.
  • Aviation warrant officers must appoint before their 33rd birthday.


In addition you must:

  • Score 110 or above on the General Technical Area of the ASVAB.
  • Be a high school graduate or pass the GED.
  • Eligible for a Secret security clearance.
  • Be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization.
  • Successfully pass all events on the Army Physical Fitness Test.
  • Meet height and weight standards of AR 600-9.
  • Complete Chapter 2 commissioning physical.


 Additional requirements for Aviation Warrant Applicants

  • Be a current NJNG member in good standing.
  • Alternate Flight Aptitude Selection Test (AFAST) score of 90 or above.
  • Must pass the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT) score of 40 or above instead of the AFAST.
  • Cycloplegic eye exam.
  • Class 1 Flight Duty Medical Examination (FDME) instead of Chapter 2 physical.

Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)

After meeting the specific prerequisites, you’ll start 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. WOCS is a five week active resident course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, including distance learning.

Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC)

Once you have 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 the state.

Contact Us

For more information contact our Warrant Officer Strength Manager or visit the Army’s Warrant Officer Recruiting website.