152D OH-58 Pilot

DUTIES
This position pilots and commands utility/observation helicopters under combat and noncombat conditions, and transports passengers, cargo or mail for military purposes.

OH-58 pilots also supervise aircraft maintenance and oversee loading and unloading to ensure load stability balance and adherence to aircraft load limitations. They may function as service school instructors for aviators or serve in aircraft procurement activities.

MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

  • Any MOS may apply.
  • Must be at least 18, but not have reached their 33rd birthday at the convening of the selection board.
  • Must successfully pass the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT) test.
  • Must successfully pass a Class 1A Flying Duty Medical Examination (FDME) in accordance with Army Regulation (AR) 40-501 that has been approved by the commander, U.S. Army Aeromedical Center.
  • Waivers will be considered for applicants with exceptional qualifications and only on a case-by-case basis.


It is required that applicants have a letter of recommendation from a Guard aviator in the rank of CW3 to CW5, or major and above. If the unit commander or above is a field-grade aviator, the aviator interview may be part of the commander's endorsement. In this case, the commander's endorsement must contain the same statement required for the aviator interview. Use a memorandum format and start with the statement: “I have interviewed [your name] and find [he/she] has the needed personal characteristics, motivation, physical stamina and qualifications to be appointed a U.S. Army National Guard Reserve warrant officer, and appears acceptable for selection into the Warrant Officer Flight Training program as a warrant officer candidate.” Applicants from other military services may be interviewed by a field-grade aviator from their branch of service if a Guard aviator is not readily available. Guard aviators will conduct the interviews whenever possible.

Acceptance to Warrant Officer Flight Training (153A) will require attendance at and successful completion of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence:

  • Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion course (SERE-C)
  • Helicopter Overwater Survival Training (HOST), or dunker training


NOTE: The waiver authority for this requirement is the commanding general, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5000.