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Warrant Officers


Warrant Officers

Defined:   "An officer appointed by warrant by the Secretary of the Army, based upon a sound level of technical and tactical competence. The warrant officer is the highly specialized expert and trainer who, by gaining progressive levels of expertise and leadership, operates, maintains, administers, and manages the Army's equipment, support activities, or technical systems for an entire career."

The Washington Army National Guard Warrant Officer program offers you the opportunity to take your military specialty to a whole new level. As a Warrant Officer in the Army Guard, you'll focus on the kind of challenging technical and tactical specialties needed to manage today's most advanced battlefield systems.

It is an opportunity to build upon your past enlisted experience. You'll take your capabilities to a higher level and enjoy a military atmosphere that offers excellent career stability. In addition, as a Warrant Officer you are offered outstanding prospects for advancement and promotion.

Warrant Officers receive a commission upon promotion to Chief Warrant Officer Two and may also take command of specific units. All officers and enlisted members will respect your superior competence in both tactical and technical areas.

If your career goal is to focus on your own area of technical expertise, the Warrant Officer Corps offers the challenge you've been searching for. If you feel the need to specialize -- in the Army National Guard!

Eligibility Requirements

Who can become a Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard? You can. If you are currently an E-5 or higher in the Army National Guard, a USAR Soldier, a transitioning active component Soldier, or a current or former Warrant Officer, you might just be the person we're looking for. There are also some basic requirements you must meet as determined by the Army National Guard.

Applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 46
  • Score 110 or above on the General Aptitude Area Test
  • Be a High School Graduate or pass the General Education Development test (GED)
  • Be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization
  • Be able to successfully pass all events on the Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Meet certain mandatory technical qualifications for your specific MOS
  • Meet certain medical, security and licensing requirements (depending on your specific MOS).

For more details, you can read DA Circular 601-Series for the latest requirements and information.

Note: For initial appointment in MOS 153A, Rotary Wing Aviator: You must meet the basic requirements except you must not be older than 27 years and 6 months at time of application. Applications for this MOS are submitted through the State ARNG Training Manager. To get more details, and to find out if you qualify, check with your recruiter. If you meet all the necessary prerequisites, you will be ready to proceed to the next step in becoming an Army National Guard Warrant Officer.

WOCS Part-Time Class

The Washington Army National Guard's 205th Regional Training Institute is starting its first Warrant Officer Candidate School in Redmond! For those that want to attend WOCS on weekends so it won't interfere with your work/school schedules. Click here for more information. You must be at least E-5 and above with at least PLDC/WLC or higher NCOES to attend this course. Former commissioned or warrant officers may also be considered based on their prior service qualifications both as enlisted Soldiers and as officers.

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Warrant Officers

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