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Warrant Officer Flight School

After you graduate from Warrant Officer Candidate School and complete the basic training course at Warrant Officer Flight Training (WOFT), your helicopter cockpit will become your classroom. You’ll learn to pilot in various weather conditions and you’ll learn increasingly advanced combat flight maneuvers. Pass all of these courses, and you’ll graduate as an official Army aviator.

General Requirements:

  • High School Diploma
  • 18 years old at the time of enlistment and no older than 33. (Applicants must not have passed their 33rd birthday at the time of enlistment.
  • 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 minimum of 110 General Technical (GT) score on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) (nonwaivable). The GT score is one component of the ASVAB results.
  • 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. 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.

For more information about joining the Warrant Officer Flight Program, visit U.S. Army Warrant Officer Recruiting website at

High School to Flight School

From Street To Seat

Warrant Officer Flight School isn't restricted only to prior service members of the military. Civilians, even recent graduates from high school are eligible for WOFT training. 

Commonly known as "high school to flight school" or "from street to seat" warrant officer pilots are recruited from anywhere in the United States. Qualified recruits must meet basic enlistment requirements and agree to a service commitment. Contact your recruiter for more information.

What Will I Do As A Warrant Officer Pilot?

Attack-Recon Operations

You will support offensive and defensive operations against enemy armored or mechanized forces. You will be less suited for civilian relief operations, but you will still be called on from time to time to provide security (area patrol, convoy) and quick-reaction capability. 

Utility-Cargo Operations

Your primary missions include air assault and air movement operations. You will transport troops critical locations to capture objectives and offer support. You will initiate surprise attacks and isolate or dislocate enemy forces.

Other functions include aero-medical evacuations, C2 support and air crash rescue support.

Fixed-Wing Operations

Fixed-wing aircraft pilots provide transport services for important personnel, along with communications intelligence.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations

Unmanned aircraft are primarily deployed as tactical platforms for reconnaissance, surveillance, security and attack operations.

Aviation Special Operations Forces

The Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) is the Army's premier aerial task force. It's mission is to conduct and support sensitive special operations missions by penetrating hostile airspace and delivering Soldiers, attacking targets, or collecting important data.