Warrant Officer careers

Warrant Officers serve as technical experts and provide critical perspective and leadership in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Warrant Officers are commissioned officers that focus on progressing in their career field, rather than moving to higher levels of command. As a leader, manager, and trainer, you will provide recommendations to commanders, advice to peers, and guidance to subordinates.

Becoming a Warrant Officer

Process Overview:


Administrative Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age but not older than 46 years of age at the time of initial appointment. Waivers over 46 years of age may be considered.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen. (No Waivers)
  • GT Score of 110 or higher. (No Waivers)
  • High School Graduate or pass the General Education Development (GED) test. (No Waivers)
  • Must be able to take and pass all events of the APFT/ACFT and meet HT/WT criteria IAW AR 600-9.
  • Must have a Secret security clearance at a minimum to appoint as a WO. (No Waivers)
  • Pass a chapter 2 commissioning physical.

Proponent Requirements: Visit https://recruiting.army.mil/ISO/AWOR/ARMY_FEEDER/

Application Required Documents:

~ Resume HQ USAREC Form 3.2, APR 2014 Example (pdf)
~ Letter of Recommendation from any MNARNG Warrant Officer Example (pdf)

Predetermination Packet (PDP) Steps:

  1. Identify prospects through;
    1. Unit Leaders
    2. Unit Briefings
  2. Identify qualified applicants
    1. Review requirements
  3. Contact WOSM
    1. WOSM will review applicants qualifications
  4. Once WOSM approves, complete the following and submit to WOSM.
    1. Battalion Commander Letter of Recommendation
    2. Company Commander Letter of Recommendation
    3. Senior Warrant Officer Resume
  1. The WOSM submits the PDP to the prospective proponent for consideration of the applicant's technical qualifications.
  2. Requirements can be met through military OR civilian experience. It is therefore critical to take into consideration ALL experience the Soldier has when building a PDP. The WOSM can provide specific guidance and expertise and is available to assist on all packets.
  3. If approved by the proponent, the next steps for the Soldier are
    1. Complete a Chapter 2 Commissioning Physical
    2. Appear before the Federal Recognition Board (FRB).
Federal Recognition Board:

The FRB consists of a panel of senior, MNARNG, Officers & Warrant Officers that will evaluate the candidate's moral and leadership qualifications. Once FRB approved, the WOSM will schedule Warrant Officer Candidate School.

Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)
WOCS Federal
WOCS-RC (State Warrant Officer Candidate School)

An eight-month program conducted by 175th Regional Training Institute (RTI) at Camp Ripley, MN. The program consists of two phases:

PHASE I: Candidates are attached to the RTI and complete 5 IDT periods. Candidates are taught the fundamentals of leadership and the Warrant Officer Corps.

PHASE II: The course concludes with a two-week annual training period at Camp Atterbury, IN. During this period, candidates demonstrate what they have learned over the previous five months in practical applications.

WOCS (Federal Warrant Officer Candidate School)

A five week resident program completed at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon completion of the five week program, candidates will be appointed as a WO1.

For more information and to see if you qualify, please visit the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Recruiting website


Warrant Officer Strength Manager
CW2 Alan Lee