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Warrant Officer Candidate School

Warrant Officer Candidate School

After completing Basic Combat Training, those interested in becoming Warrant Officers may attend Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), generally held in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Typically, candidates must be Specialist/E-4 or higher to be considered for the school.

The up to seven-week course is designed to evaluate candidates for 14 of the Army’s 16 branches and provide a basis for the prospects’ technical skills. The course also focuses on Officer training, similar to Officer Candidates School (OCS), giving the Warrant Officer candidates a foundation of leadership skills that will eventually help them manage others.

After a Warrant Officer candidate completes WOCS, he or she is formally commissioned 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 chosen specialties.


Do you have what it takes to become a Warrant Officer? Applicants for the Warrant Officer Candidate School and Warrant Officer Flight Training program must:

  • Have a high school diploma.
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of enlistment and not passed 33rd birthday at the time of selection. Age waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • For WOFT Candidates only: Achieve a qualifying score on the Selection Instrument for Flight Training  (SIFT). SIFT test results are valid indefinitely, as long as verifiable official records exist. No waivers are available for failure to meet the minimum SIFT score.
  • Earn the required minimum score (score varies by MOS) on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
  • Meet the Active Duty Army's screening height and weight standards.
  • Take a complete physical exam at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and meet entry medical fitness standards as determined by military medical authorities no more than 24 months prior to the date of application. Candidates must also undergo a Class 1A Flight Physical Examination in addition to the one conducted at the MEPS and have results approved by Flight Surgeons at Fort Rucker, Alabama, prior to the selection board. The Flight Physical must be less than 18 months old.

Additional Requirements For Technical Specialties

  • Complete MOS training
  • Rank is usually SPC/E-4 or higher
  • Must be appointed prior to age 46
  • Most specialties require completion of appropriate Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) Leadership Courses.
  • Documented proficiency in specialty area
  • Meet prerequisite standards for specialty area


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