Aviation Warrant Officers, also called Army Pilots, are an elite force of highly-trained and skilled aviation experts in the Army. They fly some of the most exciting, technologically-advanced aircraft in the world and lead a wide range of aviation missions. If you dream of flying helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft as an Aviation Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Flight School is where you can reach your highest ambitions.

Warrant Officer Flight School is a six-week training program open to those with a high school diploma or its equivalent. In fact, the Army is the only service that allows you to go into flight training without a college degree, earning the program its nickname "high school to flight school".

HOW TO BECOME A WARRANT OFFICER PILOT

Aviation Warrant Officers are agile, adaptive, and creative individuals. They must remain calm and focused while operating aircraft in all weather conditions and while leading all types of vital combat and support operations.

If this sounds like a challenge you'd like to pursue, the first step is to apply and gain acceptance into Warrant Officer Candidate School, the Army's 6-week training and leadership program for all Warrant Officers. After you graduate from Warrant Officer Candidate School, you'll begin Warrant Officer Flight School, and your cockpit will officially become your classroom.

Once you complete the initial flight training course, you’ll begin specialized training in either the Army's rotary or fixed-wing aircraft fleet. Depending on your specialty, you could fly cutting-edge fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters including the C-12 Huron, UH-60 Black Hawk, the CH-47 Chinook, and AH-64A Apache.

Over the course of about a year, you will learn to pilot in various weather conditions, both day and night, and learn increasingly advanced combat flight maneuvers. Pass all of these courses, and you will graduate as a qualified Army Pilot.

WORK YOU’LL DO AS A WARRANT OFFICER PILOT

The Army's versatile aerial fleet enables us to rapidly move personnel, equipment, and weapons to even the most remote areas. As an Aviation Warrant Officer, you'll support day-to-day operations as well as high-stakes military missions.

TRANSPORT TROOPS AND PERSONNEL

As an Army Pilot, you'll be vital in transporting fellow troops and other important personnel where they are needed most, such as a training operation or battlefield.

DISTRIBUTE SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT

You'll deliver much-needed supplies, such as food, medicine, equipment, or ammunition, to troops in combat zones or to civilians during a humanitarian crisis.

DIRECT SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS

You'll direct and execute search and rescue missions, such as evacuating civilians during natural disasters or airlifting injured people in need of medical care.

PROVIDE COMBAT SUPPORT

You'll provide combat support to fellow troops or other branches of the U.S. Military in order to disrupt or destroy an enemy force.

CONDUCT INTELLIGENCE

You'll use state-of-the-art aircraft to complete aerial reconnaissance and surveillance to gain intel on enemy forces, such as taking photos behind enemy lines.

EXECUTE AVIATION SPECIAL OPERATION MISSIONS

The Aviation Special Operations Forces, also known as "Night Stalkers," execute top-secret missions that require the utmost precision and discretion. These forces will often provide support to other Special Operations teams, such as the Army Rangers.

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A WARRANT OFFICER PILOT

Attitude is one of the most important factors in determining who will become an Aviation Warrant Officer. You must be highly motivated, diligent, and responsible in the high-stakes aviation environment. You should also be motivated by the skill, achievement, and professionalism of flying, rather than the prestige, pay, or other secondary benefits.

Additionally, the medical standards for flight careers are stricter than those for other service members. Pilots and other aircrew members must have top-notch visual and spatial skills, stable health, and impeccable judgment and emotional control.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Qualified Aviation Warrant Officer candidates must:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be between 18-32 years old at the time of entry (some exceptions apply to 17 year-old applicants)
  • Achieve a qualifying score on the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT)
  • Earn a minimum of 110 General Technical (GT) score on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
  • Obtain a secret security clearance
  • Meet the Army's screening height and weight standards and pass the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)
  • Take a physical exam and meet entry medical fitness standards
  • Complete a physical examination and have results approved by Flight Surgeons at Fort Rucker, Alabama

SERVICE OBLIGATIONS

There is a 10-year service obligation after you complete Warrant Officer Flight Training. If you do not complete Warrant Officer Candidate School, you will still be obligated to complete the remainder of your original service obligation as an enlisted Solider.

HOW TO APPLY TO THE WARRANT OFFICER PILOT PROGRAM

If you are a civilian, you will work with a recruiter to officially join the Army and enter directly into Warrant Officer Candidate School. Over the course of your journey, you will prepare an application packet for the Warrant Officer Pilot Program.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Letters of recommendation (a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6)
  • Resume
  • A typed essay titled "Why I want to be an Army WOFT Aviator"
  • Official high school transcripts and college transcripts
  • Security clearance questionnaire

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION

  • Spend the time to collect quality letters of recommendation
  • Use highly influential acquaintances that know you personally
  • Make sure all forms are complete and legible
  • Have more than one person review the packet to make sure it is complete

WARRANT OFFICER PILOTS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT RANK ARE ARMY PILOTS?

Due to the responsibility and training required to fly Army aircraft, all Army Pilots are either Warrant Officers or Commissioned Officers.

WHAT ASVAB SCORES DO YOU NEED TO BECOME AN ARMY PILOT?

You must earn a minimum of 110 General Technical (GT) score on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). The GT score is one component of the ASVAB results.

HOW MUCH DO ARMY PILOTS MAKE?

The base salary (W1) for Aviation Warrant Officers is between $32,000 and $40,000, depending on your Army experience. In addition, you'll receive a monthly bonus as long as you're qualified to fly. The longer you serve and the further you move up in rank, the more money you will earn.

HOW LONG IS AVIATION SCHOOL IN THE ARMY?

Aviation Warrant Officers go through several stages of extensive training to prepare for their roles. When first accepted, you will attend Warrant Officer Candidate School for six weeks. Next, you'll attend Warrant Officer Pilot School and will complete comprehensive flight training that lasts for about a year (typically between 12-18 months).

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO TO FLIGHT SCHOOL?

A civilian program or university training in aviation can cost a tremendous amount, often $50,000 to $100,000. In the Army, not only will you be able to learn to fly for free, but you will also receive a generous salary and benefits while you are training.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WARRANT OFFICER FLIGHT PROGRAM

For more information about joining the Warrant Officer Flight Program or becoming an Aviation Warrant Officer, visit the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Recruiting website.