Warrant Officer Career College

Fort Rucker, Alabama

The mission of the US Army Warrant Officer Career College is to educate and train Warrant Officer candidates and senior Warrant Officers at key points in their careers. The college serves as the focal point for U.S Army Warrant Officer professional and leader development matters.

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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:
  • Alternate Flight Aptitude Selection Test (AFAST) score of 90 or above
  • 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. There are two training options for applicants with prior military experience:

  1. Six-week active resident course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, or Distance Learning plus four and a half weeks as E-5 with Warrior Leader Course.
  2. Regional Training Institute within selected states, completing Distance Learning, five drills and a two-week Annual Training.

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.


A Long and Proud History

Army National Guard Warrant Officers are highly specialized professionals, trainers and leaders, who operate, maintain, administer and manage the Army National Guard's technical systems, support activities and equipment. They are among the best-trained experts in their fields and they are some of the most respected professionals in the Army National Guard.

Miner Planter Warrant Officers in 1922 Since its origin, the role and requirements of the Warrant Officer have gone through many changes.The rank and grade of Warrant Officer began in 1918. At that time, they served in the Army Mine Planter Service in the Coast Artillery Corps as masters, mates, chief engineers and assistant engineers. With the Act of 1920 came the appointment of Warrant Officers in clerical, administrative and band leading activities. The reason was to "reward" enlisted men for long service and also "reward" former commissioned officers of World War I who lacked either the educational or other eligibility requirements necessary for continuance of commissioned status. Between 1920 and 1930, the Warrant Officer Program was finally instituted as an "incentive" rather than a "reward." As a result, the responsibilities of the Warrant Officer were greatly extended to include many of the duties previously held only by a commissioned officer.

Today, the title of Warrant Officer commands respect. They are indispensable players in the Army National Guard's unique mission - serving country, state and community. As the Army National Guard becomes increasingly technical and specialized, the need for Warrant Officers is increasing. But unlike the past when technical proficiency was the sole responsibility of the Warrant Officer, today it requires leadership qualities, managerial functions, and continued training and education to keep up with the latest technological developments.


Contact Us

For detailed information contact our Warrant Officer Recruiter or visit the Army’s Warrant Officer Recruiting website at http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/index.shtml. Visit the US Army Warrant Officer Career College at http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/WOCC.

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