Program Overview - Active Duty 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. 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.

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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 E-5, or your current pay grade if higher, and begin wearing the Warrant Officer Candidate (WOC) insignia. (Please see page on Information on Discharge from Current Service and Enlistment into the Army). Selectees will attend either the five or seven week Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) depending on previous training completed.

Candidate Course Sequence and Requirements

Phase 1

Phase 1 of WOCS is available as either Distributed Learning (DL) or resident training.

Phase 1 DL. Enrollment and contact information for Phase 1 DL is located on the Warrant Officer Candidate School - WOCS page within the US Army Warrant Officer Career College (USAWOCC) website.

Supplemental instructions for WOCS Phase 1 DL Students:

a. Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) 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 graduates of WLC or PLDC; 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 waiver to be enrolled in Phase 1 DL. Verification of operational leadership schooling/ experience must be provided to the Registrar, US Army Warrant Officer Career College (USAWOCC).

4. US Air Force E-7 or higher (E-5 and E-6 must request a waiver to be enrolled in Phase 1 DL. Verification of operational leadership schooling/ experience must be provided to the Registrar, US Army Warrant Officer Career College (USAWOCC).

b. Soldiers (E-1 thru E-4) that have completed WLC or 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 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 no later than two weeks prior to attending WOCS Phase 2 training at Fort Rucker or an Army National Guard (ARNG) Regional Training Institute (RTI).

Phase 1 Resident. (E-5s without course credit for WLC or PLDC; E-4 and below; and others ineligible for enrollment into Phase 1 DL) will be enrolled into a corresponding Phase 2 resident course.

Phase 2 - All candidates must attend resident WOCS Phase 2.

Visit the Warrant Officer Career Center website for more information on WOCS. This course is designed to evaluate leadership and management skills. Warrant Officer Candidates (WOC) will be appointed to the rank Warrant Officer One (WO1) upon successful completion of all requirements. Soldiers who fail to complete WOCS will serve the remainder of their enlistment based upon the needs of the Army. All newly appointed Warrant Officers incur an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of six years.

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