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What is a Warrant Officer?
In 1985, the Department of the Army developed a clear and concise definition which encompasses all warrant officer specialties.
An officer appointed by warrant by the Secretary of the Army, based upon a sound level of technical and tactical competence. The warrant officer is the highly specialized expert and trainer who, by gaining progressive levels of expertise and leadership, operates, maintains, administers, and manages the Army's equipment, support activities, or technical systems for an entire career.
Specialized training prepares you to be a technical and tactical expert in your concentration and an effective leader, instructor and advisor to both subordinates and commanders who depend on you. With over 40 different tech warrant specialties, you will likely have options to select from based on your MOS. Whichever warrant officer career direction you choose, you'll be on a path to higher rank, increased responsibility and authority, and greater pay and benefits.
If you are currently an E5 or higher in the Army National Guard, a USAR Soldier, a transitioning active component Soldier, or a current or former Warrant Officer, you might just be the person we're looking for. There are also some basic requirements you must meet as determined by the Army National Guard.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 46 (additional restrictions may apply to specific MOSs)
- Score 110 or above on the General Aptitude Area Test
- Be a High School Graduate or pass the General Education Development test (GED)
- Be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization
- Be able to successfully pass all events on the Army Physical Fitness Test or the Gold Standard for the ACFT and meet height/weight standards
- Be able to pass FINAL Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance (Interim clearances will not satisfy requirement)
- Pass the commissioning physical for Technicians and/or the Class 1 (Warrant Officer candidate) flight physical for Aviators
- Meet certain mandatory technical qualifications for your specific MOS
- Have 12 months remaining on your enlistment contract
Army Regulation 135-100, Appointment of Commissioned & Warrant Officers of the Army.
DA Pamphlet 611-21, Military Occupational Classification and Structure
NGR 600-101, (Warrant Officers) Federal Recognition and Related Personnel Actions
DA Pamphlet 600-11, Warrant Officer Professional Developement & Utilization.