153A - Rotary Wing Aviator
Operates and commands aircraft under combat and noncombat conditions.
Operates aircraft during all types of weather conditions during the day, at night and under night vision systems.
Performs all military aircraft operations:
- Air assault
- Mine/flare delivery
- Internal/external load
- Paradrop/rappelling operations
- Performs aerial route, zone and/or area reconnaissance in support of combat maneuver operations.
Routinely participates in real time and training operations that include combat, combat support or combat service support operations.
Additionally, performs administrative or liaison missions to transport passengers, mail or cargo for military purposes.
Maintains aviator flight requirements in accordance with appropriate aircraft Aircrew Training Manual. Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) used to feed into an armed reconnaissance, attack, utility or cargo helicopter MOS.
- 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 WOFT 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 and successful completion of:
The U.S. Army Aviation Center Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion (SERE-C) course HOST - Helicopter Overwater Survival Training (Dunker Training)
Note: The waiver authority for this requirement is the Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5000.
Note: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. Your local warrant officer recruiter has the most up-to-date information about job availability and bonuses in your state.