Officer ProgramsWarrant Officer

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The rewards of being a Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard are more than tangible benefits.
  • You will be a leader.
  • People will look up to you and put their trust in you.
  • You will know you are doing something for a higher purpose – serving the people of your country and community in times of need.

Warrant Officers are Soldiers, officers and technical experts rolled into one. You’ll take your military job to the next level and train others in the process. From highly skilled pilots to military intelligence, Warrant Officers’ continue to hone their skills within their specific career field, including Human Resources, Information Technology, Aviation, Intelligence, Field Artillery, Electronics, Maintenance and Logistics.

Integrate emerging technology into the Guard’s systems, hone leadership skills, instruct others in your field, and advise your superiors in matters affecting your specialty. Ultimately, as a Warrant Officer, you’ll enhance the Guard’s ability to serve your community and country.

When it comes to distinguished service, the Warrant Officer’s world is one of a kind.

Contact CPT Samuel Otto 605-737-6906 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about becoming a Warrant Officer.

Candidate School

WARRANT OFFICER SCHOOL Eligibility Requirements

Who can become a Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard? You can. If you are currently an E-5 or higher in the Army National Guard, a USAR soldier, a transitioning active component soldier, 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. Applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and not more than 46 on the date of initial appointment.
  • Score 110 or above on the General Aptitude Area Test.
  • Be a High School Graduate or pass the General Education Development (GED) test.
  • Be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization.
  • Be able to successfully pass all 3 events on the Army Physical Fitness Test. Currently no waiver authorized.
  • Meet certain mandatory technical qualifications for your specific MOS.
  • Meet certain medical, security and licensing requirements (depending on your specific MOS).

For more details, you can read DA Circular 601-Series for the latest requirements and information.

Note for applicants for initial appointment in MOS 153A, Rotary Wing Aviator: You must meet the basic requirements except you must not be older than 27 years and 6 months at time of application. Applications for this MOS are submitted through the State ARNG Training Manager. To get more details, and to find out if you qualify, check with your Officer Strength Manager. If you meet all the necessary prerequisites, you will be ready to proceed to the next step in becoming an Army National Guard Warrant Officer.

Pre-Determination Packages

The WO Candidate school Enlistment option is used to allow prior service NCOs’ with the minimum DA WO MOS proponency requirements to become a WO in the SDARNG. This option offers the opportunity for separating active duty NCOs’ to apply for entrance into the SDARNG Warrant Officer Education System (WOES)

Applicants will have 1 year from the date of enlistment to be appointed as a WOC. The enlistment option does not pertain to AVN flight applicants.

Eligibility Requirements: PS only.

  • Must have served in an Active or Reserve component with no more than 12 mo break in service.
  • Must meet eligibility standards of ch 3 ECM.
  • Be US citizen.
  • GT 110.
  • Pass 3 event APFT.
  • Ch 2 commissioning physical re.quirements.
  • Less than 46 years of age.
  • Security clearance.
  • Possess required enlisted feeder MOS.
  • Meet DA proponency pre-requisites.
  • Meet the mental, physical and moral requirements in NGR 600-101.

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