Program Overview - National Guard Applicants

General Information On The Warrant Officer Program

US Army Warrant Officers are self aware and adaptive technical experts, combat leaders, trainers, and advisors who specialize, throughout an entire career, in a specific technical area. The US Army Warrant Officer cohort comprises less than three percent of the total US Army strength. Although small in size, the level of responsibility is immense and only the very best are selected to become US Army Warrant Officers. The Warrant Officer serves as the technical and tactical experts, as the leader of a team, and are highly trained in their field.

As a technical Warrant Officer, you will be both a technical and tactical expert. If you have an interest in the field of Aviation, the Aviation Warrant Officer career path may be the best way to become an Aviator in the Army National Guard.

National Guard WO Administrative Requirements

    • US Citizenship (No Waivers)
    • General Technical (GT) score of 110 or higher (No Waivers)
    • High School graduate or equivalent (No Waivers)
    • Interim Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance based on MOS for predetermination packet and WOCS. Applicants must have final adjudicated clearance for appointment as a Warrant Officer and WOBC attendance. (ONLY applicants applying to be a WO in the National Guard may apply with an "Interim" Clearance. Applicants for other components must have a "final" clearance).
    • Pass the standard 3-event Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Waivers are submitted thru NGB-HRR to DA-G3/5/7.
    • Pass the commissioning physical for technical specialties or the Class 1 (warrant officer candidate) flight physical for Aviators.
    • Age Requirements: for 153A, less than age 33 at time of Federal Recognition board. For all other WO MOS', 46th birthday or less prior to appointment. Age waiver requests are submitted to NGB-HRH.

Warrant Officer Benefits

Once you become a warrant officer, you will continue to receive the benefits you get now, plus:

Where to Start:

1. You must be enlisted in the Army National Guard or hold a qualifying Active Duty Army position to apply to be a Warrant Officer, or have served as a Warrant Officer previously. If you have never served, contact your local Army National Guard Recruiter.

2. Talk to your State, Territory or the District of Columbia Warrant Officer Strength Manager (WOSM) to see if you meet the qualifications and how to complete a Predetermination Packet. Locate your WOSM at:

3. Once your Predetermination Packet is approved, you will attend Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS). Contact your Warrant Officer Strength Manager about the Federal and State Warrant Officer Candidate Schools. Please visit the Army National Guard Recruiting web site at:

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