Aviation Warrant Officers fill a unique role within United States Army Aviation as the technical and tactical experts of the branch providing long-term continuity of service within both conventional and special operations aviation units.

Attention to detail is very important for Warrant Officers.  Part of becoming an Army Aviation Warrant Officer is the ability to navigate through the detailed application process.  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. See the link below for U.S Army Aviation Center of Excellence.  You can research flight training and Fort Rucker information.  Also, utilize the Warrant Officer Career College Website to research what it means to be a Warrant Officer.  There you will find the history of Warrant Officers, Warrant Officer Program, and Warrant Officer Courses.

FLIGHT TRAINING

Pilot and command all army aircraft in tactical and non-tactical conditions.  Aviation Warrant Officers must be agile, adaptive, and creative, as they operate aircraft in all meteorological conditions, both day and night, and are responsible for coordinating, conducting, and directing all types of single service and joint combat, combat support and sustainment operations.  Function as direct combat participants with organic armament systems, and sustain combat proficiency for their designated aircraft as outlined in the appropriate aircrew-training manual.  Aviation Warrant Officers fill a unique role within Army Aviation as the technical and tactical experts of the branch providing long-term continuity of service within both conventional and special operations Aviation units.  After selection you will attend Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) for five weeks and graduate as an Army Warrant Officer.  After graduation, you will attend the Warrant Officer Basic Course which includes Survival Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE-C) training, followed by the flight-training.  This training culminates with earning the title of Army Aviator and the coveted Army Aviator Badge.

SISTER SERVICE (AIR FORCE, NAVY, MARINES, COAST GUARD) APPLICANTS:

PRIOR SERVICE BASIC TRAINING COURSE:  Sister Service applicants from another U. S. Military Service are potential sources for high quality Warrant Officer Aviators.  A Joint Service agreement allows Service Members who are selected for this program to be discharged from their Service and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Commissioned Officers from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard CAN apply through the in-Service Warrant Officer Selection Board (WOSB) for 153A (Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course-Flight School). 

AIR TRAFFIC AND AIR SPACE MANAGEMENT TECHNICIAN

Supervises the effective utilization of ATC equipment and ATC personnel at all categories of Army ATC facilities; supervises fixed base ATC training and rating programs, combat support training and certification programs, and combat support and fixed-base facility operations procedures; and supervises airspace management functions and airspace processing procedures into the National Airspace System (NAS).

TACTICAL UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (TUAS) OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN

Identifies the strategic and tactical employment strategies of UAS for all levels of command; supervise the enlisted management of the Commander’s Aircrew Training Program; supervise UAS operations to include mission planning, payload operations, and launch recovery, aerial reconnaissance, target detection, and target engagement.  Manage the safety, maintenance, and reporting programs; coordinate UAS airspace frequencies, and requirements to facilitate UAS operations.  Manage UAS logistical requirements, and interface with appropriate UAS system managers.  Act as the Army Liaison for UAS missions; assist command staffs at all levels with analysis of UAS data to satisfy aggregate priority requirements, and serve as an advisor and subject matter expert for all UAS related issues.

AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

Manages personnel, supplies, equipment, and facility assets to maintain and repair Army rotary, fixed-wing and unmanned aerial systems.  Develops and implements responsive maintenance and logistical support to achieve the missions assigned by the Aviation Maneuver Commander.  They organize maintenance elements to inspect service, test, disassemble, repair, reassemble, adjust, replace parts, and retest aircraft or aircraft components.  Prepare, implement, and maintain standing operating procedures for management of maintenance activities.  Interpret regulations, technical manuals, and orders pertaining to maintenance and logistics of Army aircraft for commanders and subordinates.  Supervise Aviation equipment maintenance, direct maintenance, and accountability of organizational test equipment, supplies, and recovery equipment.

ACTIVE FEDERAL SERVICE RESTRICTIONS AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

To be eligible for selection for flight training, an applicant must be older than 18, but have not reached their 33rd birthday at the time of board selection.  As an exception, a warrant officer flight training applicant younger than 18 years old may apply as a high school senior when expected to graduate within 365 days from board selection.  However, the warrant officer flight training applicant must be 18 years of age prior to shipping to initial active duty training.  The applicant cannot exceed 8 years of Active Federal Service (AFS) as of the date the DA Form 61 (Application for Appointment) is signed by the applicant, if applying for a warrant officer assignment in Military Occupational Specialty 153A.   For all other warrant officer MOSs, applicant cannot have reached their 46th birthday at the time of appointment to WO1.  Applicants must submit an age or AFS waiver request with the application if they exceed the requirements specified. Consideration of request for an age waiver are on a case-by-case basis. USAREC will forward the completed application packet for any applicant requesting a 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 the waiver.  Past performance, significant achievements, and demonstrated leadership are examples of less tangible, but equally important, qualifications that are also considered.

For more information or warrant officer personnel actions, contact OPFD WO proponent manager at USARMY.RUCKER.AVNCOE.MBX.AVN-WARRANT-OFFICER@MAIL.MIL.