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Information and Waivers: Warrant Officers

Flight Training

For those who have dreamed of becoming an Army Aviator, the Army can make it a reality. Army Warrant Officers Aviators pilot C-12 Fixed Wing aircraft, UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters, some of the most exciting, technologically advanced aircraft anywhere-on combat, rescue, and reconnaissance missions. Soldiers gain these piloting skills in the Warrant Officer Flight Training Program. After selection you will attend Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) for six weeks and then go directly to WOBC beginning with Helicopter Ditching Dunker trainer, SERE-C and Warrant Officer Development, followed by the flight-training program for 52-56 weeks. Once you complete WOCS, you will have a six year commitment to the United States Army.

Attention all Prior Service and Sister Service (Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard) applicants:

The Army is instituting a 6-week Prior Service Basic Combat Training Course (PSBCT) in lieu of the standard 12-week Basic Training Course (BCT) for prior service applicants with more than a 3-year break-in-service OR sister service applicants having completed Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard Basic Training (regardless of the length in break-in-service). Prior Service applicants with less than a 3-year break-in-service OR those who have graduated Army BCT, Marine Corps BCT, Navy/Air Force Special Operations Training or Air Force Security Police Training are NOT required to attend Army BCT or PSBCT. Learn More Here: Prior Service Basic Training Course

Part of becoming an Army warrant officer is the ability to navigate through the sometimes difficult and frustrating application process and should be viewed as the first test toward becoming a warrant officer. All of the information you will need to get started and answer your questions is located on the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Recruiting website:

Active Federal Service restrictions and Age restrictions

All applicants to include Aviation branch officers, must not exceed 12 years of AFS as of the date the DA Form 61 is signed. AFS waivers requests are processed in the same manner as age waivers. Applicants must not have reached their 33rd birthday at the convening of the selection board. For all other WO MOS', 46th birthday or less prior to their packet being boarded. Applicants must submit an age waiver request with the application if they exceed the age requirements specified.Request for age waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis. USAREC will forward the completed application packet for any applicant requesting an age waiver to the Organization and Personnel Force Development Directorate. Everything included in the packet is considered. The onus is on the applicant to provide as much information as possible to support the waiver request. GT and SIFT scores, civilian education level and FAA ratings are utilized as tangible qualifications that can be used to support a waiver. Past performances, significant achievements and demonstrated leadership are examples of less tangible, but equally important, qualifications that are also considered.

Waivers for formal training

Requests for constructive credit to required training for courses or experiences completed prior to becoming a warrant officer are considered on an individual basis. While many military courses appear to be similar, aviation warrant officer courses are designed specifically for the aviation branch officer. Attendance by all helps maintain an educational standard within the Corps. Officers can request for constructive credit on DA Form 4187 and include CCWO memo, TAG memo (ARNG), Warrant Officer Appointment orders, ORB/2-1, last seven OER’s or as required, Da Form 705 and 5500, Da Form 1059, PME C course certificates, TLO Crosswalk, and CIV education as required, to the Organization and Personnel Force Development Directorate. Be specific as to why you would not benefit from this educational opportunity and provide all documentation relevant to your request.

For more information or warrant officer personnel actions, contact OPFD WO proponent manager at

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