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  • III. What are the Minimum Eligibility Requirements for the Warrant Officer Program?

    Before enrolling in Warrant Officer Candidate School, you'll need to meet eligibility requirements. First and foremost it is important to note that currently the National Guard does not have a direct enlistment option to become a Warrant Officer. You must be a current National Guard member in order to be eligible.

    For technical warrant officer positions: You must currently be a member of the Army National Guard, a Reserve Soldier, a transitioning active component Soldier, or a current or former warrant officer to qualify. Along with the requirements listed below, you must also have experience in a qualifying feeder MOS at the rank of E-5 or above.

    To qualify to be an aviation warrant officer: You must be a current member of the National Guard, meet certain health and physical criteria, and be selected by your state’s State Aviation Officer’s board with the endorsement of the Federal Recognition Board.

    Age restrictions:

    • Aviation warrant officers must be appointed before their 33rd birthday.
    • Technical warrant officers can appoint between the ages of 18 and 46.
    In addition, you must:
    • Score 110 or above on the General Technical area of the ASVAB exam
    • Be a high school graduate or pass the GED
    • Be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization
    • Successfully pass all events on the Army Physical Fitness Test
    • Meet certain technical qualifications for your specific career path

    Additional Aviation Requirements:

    • Any MOS may apply.
    • Be at least 18, but not have reached their 33rd birthday at the convening of the selection board.
    • Waivers will be considered for applicants with exceptional qualifications and only on a case-by-case basis.
    • Score 40 or higher (currently under review, the Army may change the minimum score requirements in the future) on the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT)
    • 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.
    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.