Warrant Officer Candidate School
Those interested in becoming Warrant Officers must be selected for Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), which is generally held in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Typically, candidates must be Specialist/E-6 or higher to be considered for the school.
The course is designed to evaluate candidates for 16 of the Army’s 17 branches (the Special Operations branch trains and appoints its own Warrant Officers) and provide a basis for the prospects’ technical skills. The course also focuses on Officer training similar to Officer Candidates School (OCS), and provides candidates a foundation of leadership skills that will eventually help them manage others.
After a Warrant Officer candidate completes WOCS, he or she is appointed as a Warrant Officer 1 (WO1). Graduates are then sent to their specific U.S. Army branches, where they receive more focused technical training in their specialties.