153A Rotary Wing Aviator

Accession MOS used to feed into an armed reconnaissance, attack, utility or cargo helicopter MOS. Operates and commands aircraft under tactical and nontactical conditions. Operates aircraft during all types of meteorological conditions during the day, night and under night-vision systems. Performs all military aircraft operations (e.g., reconnaissance, security, gunnery, rescue, air assault, mine/flare delivery, internal/external load and 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.


  • 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 on the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT).
  • Successfully pass a Class 1 (warrant officer candidate) Flying Duty Medical Examination (FDME) in accordance with AR 40-501 that has been approved by the commander, U.S. Army Aeromedical Center.
  • All applicants must have a letter of recommendation from an Army aviator in the rank of CW3 to CW5. 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 [name] and find [he/she] has the needed personal characteristics, motivation, physical stamina and qualifications to be appointed a U.S. Army 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 an Army aviator is not readily available. Army 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 course (SERE-C).
  • Helicopter ditching and dunker trainer.