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Warrant Officer Accession Program

Warrant Officer Accession Program

Soldiers who desire to take his or her operational and technical skills to a higher level should consider becoming an Army Reserve Warrant Officer.

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.

As leaders and technical experts, they provide valuable skills, guidance, and expertise to commanders and organizations in their particular field.

Contact your Career Counselor for the latest board results.

Selection Board Dates

Month – Army Reserve Board Date

November 2015 – 16 November 2015
January 2016 – 11 January 2016
March 2016 – 14 March 2016
May 2016 – 16 May 2016
July 2016 – 18 July 2016
September 2016 – 14 September 2016

* NOTE:  There is no guarantee that if Army Reserve Careers Division (ARCD) receives your packet (s) by the Recommended arrival to ARCD date, that it will be boarded for the next month board.  This date ensures that ARCD has time to process your packet (s) to proponents including the processing of any waivers.  Arrival of packets after the Recommended Arrival to ARCD date will be processed; however, no guarantee will be made when ARCD will start processing them.

This Board schedule does not include special boards i.e.: 670A, 640A, 420C, 270A. 

Applications & Procedures

To complete an application, contact your local Warrant Officer Accessions NCO.

Enlisted Military Occupational Specialty Conversion Listing

Click here to locate which military occupational specialty’s (MOS) feed into which warrant officer specialty.

Click here to view the warrant officer military occupational specialty (WOMOS) list and to see the duty description, prerequisites and preferred qualifications that you may be eligible to apply.  Clicking on the WOMOS will provide you the prerequisites.

You must meet the MINIMUM prerequisites for the WOMOS for which you will apply, or you must request a prerequisite waiver. Waivers are not needed for preferred qualifications.

Army Reserve Aviation

Unique among all Army Aviation Commands the Headquarters, 11th Aviation Command has units located across the Continental USA and consist of: 

  • over 2300 Soldiers
  • 17 Aviation Support Facilities
  • over 370 Military Technicians & Civilians
  • and over 160 aircraft.

For more information on Army Reserve Warrant Officer or to complete a application packet, contact your local Warrant Officer Accession Career Counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q:  What do I need to include in my warrant officer application packet?

A: Your Army Reserve Officer Accession Career Counselor (OACC) will assist you in preparation of your packet. Call or send an e-mail to your OACC and he/she will contact you with all the information you will need. The e-mail and telephone numbers for the OACC is under the Contacts section of this web site.  Use the checklist to guide you through this process.

Q:  What is the standard on letters of recommendations?

A: Letters of recommendation are a very important part of the application. At a minimum, your packet should contain company and battalion commander recommendations and one from a senior warrant officer in your chosen career specialty.

Additionally, the company and battalion commander recommendations must be from your current chain of command unless you have less than 90 days with your current chain of command. The letters should be specific and quantifiable. If you have received noncommissioned officers evaluation reports (NCOERs) you may want to use some of the strong bullets as a starting point in drafting the memorandums. Do not use a form letter that uses generic or flowery sentences. The letters should emphasize your technical skills and management abilities.  

Q: Can I apply for more than one military occupation specialty (MOS)?

A: In block 5a of the DA Form 61 you can list up to three options, BUT YOU MUST MEET THE CRITERIA for all listed. List the MOS in order of preference, because the packet is boarded with your first preference and if you are selected the packet is not boarded again. If not selected, your packet is boarded a second time for your second choice. Your packet is boarded up to two times in each of the additional requested MOS’. Your application must include the documents required for each MOS. Also, each proponent must qualify you for each of the MOS’. Listing more than one MOS causes additional processing time with proponents, so be prepared for this delay. 

Q:  What happens if I do not meet the prerequisites?

A: A request for waiver may be submitted for prerequisites regarding age, Basic NCO Course (BNCOC), military experience (if civil experience is comparable), and rank, etc. Waiver requests must be justified with a DETAILED EXPLANATION as to why you feel this waiver should be considered and granted. Remember that you are telling the waiver authority that you have special circumstances and should be granted special consideration. Waivers are not routinely granted.

Q:  How do I know if I need a moral waiver?

A: If you checked YES in block 26 of the DA Form 61, indicating you were arrested, charged, cited, held, or detained for any reason at any time. You must list all juvenile offenses, Article 15s, courts-martial or traffic fines of more than $250.

Example: You were cited for vandalism while in high school but the charge was dismissed. You still require a waiver because you were cited for this offense.

Q:  What is the standard for the security clearance memo?

A: Contact your regional support command (RSC) or division security manager. The security manager must sign the memorandum, which will indicate the type of clearance, type of investigation, the date the clearance was granted or to whom the periodic reinvestigation was submitted. The memorandum MUST be signed by the RSC or division security manager. The DA form 873 may be substituted for this requirement and, if expired, the DA Form 873 with a cover memorandum from the RSC division security manager. The OACC will also assist you if your having any problem. 

Q:  What is the standard for the DA Form 2-1?

A: It is your responsibility to ensure this form is up-to- date and accurate. Only personnel who are authorized to update this form may make typed or pen and ink changes. Ensure the awards on the DA Form 2-1 agree with your DA photo. If you recently tested to raise your GT score, ensure the new score is posted. Your civilian education entry must agree with your transcripts. Also ensure item 35 correctly shows your assignment history.

Q:  What is the standard for the Official DA photo?

A: The photo is a very important part of your packet. This is the first item of your application the board sees and it helps to form the first impression. Wear only permanent decorations. Have someone look you over before taking the photo and, if possible, ask someone to go with you to ensure your uniform is correct in every way. A long sleeve shirt and four-in- hand tie is recommended for males.

Q:  What is the standard for the physical examination?

A: It must be in accordance with chapter 2, AR 40-501. Physicals taken for appointment in non-aviation MOS' must state for WO appointment, WOC training. Physical examination must include a HIV and drug and alcohol test results. Your OACC will help you get an appointment to get a proper physical.

Q:  What is the standard for the APFT?

A:  This APFT will follow the regulation very strictly, so we caution you to get in shape. If you cannot pass an APFT given "by the book," you may experience PT problems at Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS). Without exception, candidates are expected to meet the Army standard APFT. If you cannot, you will fail and be sent home.

Q: What happens if I am not selected?

A: If you are not selected by the first board that considers your application, your application is designated Fully Qualified-Non- Select (FQ-NS). The next board that convenes for your requested MOS will consider your application. After review by two boards, your application is designated Not Competitive-Not Selected (NC-NS) and will be destroyed in 90 days. You will not receive personal notice after either board if you were not selected and the reason for non- selection. However, your OACC will be advised of the board results after each board, so you may contact him or her for this information. You can reapply with a completely new application, one (1) year after the date in block 42 of the DA Form 61.

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