Program Overview - Active Duty Applicants

General Information On The Warrant Officer Program

Warrant Officers are technical and tactical leaders who specialize, throughout an entire career, in a specific technical area. The Army Warrant Officer Corps comprises less than three percent of the total Army. Although small in size, the level of responsibility is immense and only the very best will be selected to become Warrant Officers. Benefits include extended career opportunities, worldwide leadership assignments, and increased pay and retirement benefits.

The following information will assist you in determining eligibility and submitting your application. All potential applicants are required to read this information first.

Important Links For Your Application Process
General Information
Information On What To Expect After Selection Into The Warrant Officer Program
Unites States Accessions FAQ
Warrant Office Candidate School FAQ

Those selected for the Warrant Officer Program will be notified by Department of the Army (DA) about 90 days after the board adjourns. DA establishes a reporting date to Ft Rucker, AL based upon MOS requirements. Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) will then publish your orders with authorized travel time to Ft Rucker. Upon arrival, you will be given your basic issue and time to resolve any military related problems, i.e. pay, uniform, etc. You will be paid as an E5, or your current pay grade if higher, and begin wearing the WOC brass. (Please see page on Information on Discharge from Current Service and Enlistment into the Army). Selectees will attend either the four weeks and four days or the six weeks and four days Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS).

Candidate Course Sequence and Requirements

Phase 1

Phase 1 of WOCS is available as either distributed learning dL or resident training. Attendance at the Phase 1 (Resident) course is MANDATORY for all Soldiers in the grade of E-1 through E-4 and for E-5's that are not WLC/PLDC graduates.

Phase 1 dL. There is only one Phase 1 dL class scheduled, covering the entire training year. Once you have been enrolled in ATRRS for Course 911-09W (DL), you will access the training at by logging in with your AKO short name and password.

Supplemental instructions for WOCS Phase 1 dL Students:

a. NCOs who are fully qualified/selected (FQS) and fall into one of the following categories are required to complete the Phase 1 dL.

  1. US Army E-5 WLC/PLDC graduates and Army E-6 or higher.
  2. USMC E-5 or higher.
  3. US Navy E-7 or higher (E-5 and E-6 must request a wavier to be enrolled in Phase 1 dL. Proof of operational leadership schooling/ experience must be provided to the Commandant, WOCC).

  4. US Air Force E-7 or higher (E-5 and E-6 must request a wavier to be enrolled in Phase 1 dL. Proof of operational leadership schooling/ experience must be provided to the Commandant, WOCC).

b. Soldiers (E-1 thru E-4) that have completed WLC/PLDC are PROHIBITED from enrollment into Phase 1 dL. Soldiers promoted or advanced to the grade of E-5 solely to attend WOCS will be disenrolled from the Phase 1 dL and enrolled in the next Phase 1 resident course.

Phase 1 dL is a MANDATORY non-resident course that must be completed not later than two weeks prior to attending resident WOCS Phase 2 training at Fort Rucker or RTI locations.
Phase 1 Resident. (E5 non-graduate from PLDC/WLC and all E1 to E4. All others ineligible to complete Phase 1 dL) should be enrolled in corresponding Phase 2 class. Example: Student enrolled in Phase 1 (resident) class 06-012 should also be enrolled in Phase 2 class 06-012.

Phase 2 - All candidates attend resident phase 2 training.

Visit the Warrant Officer Career Center on the web for more information on candidate school. This course is designed to evaluate leadership and management skills. Soldiers will be appointed as a Warrant Officer One (WO1) upon successful completion of WOCS. Soldiers who fail to successfully complete WOCS will serve the remainder of their four-year enlistment based upon the needs of the Army. All Warrant Officers have an initial obligation of six years, which will be served on active duty as an Army Reserve Officer. Warrant Officers remain on active duty in the Army Reserve until promotion to CW2, normally at the two year mark of warrant officer service. Upon promotion to CW2, the Warrant Officer is integrated into the Regular Army.
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If you still need assistance, follow these steps:
  1. Review this entire site to answer commonly asked questions.
  2. Read FAQ's
  3. Contact the recruiters through the address.
Or Contact:
  1. OIC Phone: 910-432-2175 DSN 239
  2. Warrant Officer Recruiter Phone: 910-432-2175 North Eastern Region: (CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV, DC, Central/South America)
  3. Warrant Officer Recruiter Phone: 706-565-4519 Southern Region and Europe: (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, Europe, Africa)
  4. Warrant Officer Recruiter Phone: 270-798-4014 Central Region: (AR, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI)
  5. Warrant Officer Recruiter Phone: 253-966-7327 Western Region and Pacific: (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WY, Pacific)
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