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Warrant Officer Candidate School

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.


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 have passed their 33rd birthday at the time of selection. Age waivers are 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 a General Technical score of 110 or higher on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
  • Have at least 12 months remaining on their enlistment contract.
  • Meet the Army's screening height and weight standards.
  • Take a complete physical exam 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 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

  • Must complete MOS training
  • Must complete appropriate Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) Leadership Courses.
  • Must have documented proficiency in specialty area
  • Must meet prerequisite standards for specialty area


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