Become a Warrant Officer

Welcome to the Massachusetts Army National Guard Warrant Officer Strength Manager’s page. Warrant officers are technical and tactical experts. They are considered to be the best of the best in their field. Following the warrant officer path makes you critical to administering and executing plans – it means you’re the leader officers and enlisted personnel look to for advice and direction.

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, we have 26 if them in the Massachusetts National Guard! You will likely have options to select from based on your MOS (Military Occupational Specialty, or the job you do in the Guard). Regardless of which warrant officer career direction you choose, you’ll be on a path to higher rank, increased responsibility and authority, and greater pay and benefits.

Warrant Officer Candidate School

The mission of the Warrant Officer Candidate School is to educate, train, and inspire candidates so that each graduate is an officer of character; committed to doing what is right legally, morally, and ethically both on and off duty; an officer who is committed to professional growth through life-long learning; and who embraces the requirements of selfless service to subordinates, superiors, our Nation, and the Constitution. Training, Advising, and Counseling (TAC) Officers along with academic instructors prepare, coach, teach, mentor, train, advise and counsel candidates, preparing them to assume responsibilities of a U.S. Army officer.

Reserve Component WOCS consists of two phases. Phase one is a resident phase consisting of 5 MUTA 5 Drills conducted at the Massachusetts RTI Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC). Phase two is 15 Days of training conducted in Camp Atterbury, IN.

Accelerated WOCS is held at Fort Rucker, AL. It is a five week resident course.

Administrative Requirements – (A soldier must meet the Administrative Requirements listed below before applying for the Warrant Officer Program)


  • US Citizenship (No Waivers)
  • General Technical (GT) score of 110 or higher (No Waivers)
  • High school graduate or have a GED (No Waivers)
  • FINAL Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance – Interim clearances will not satisfy the requirement!
  • Pass the standard 3-event Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and meet height/weight standards. APFT must be current and not older than six months by the time the applicant’s packet is boarded.
  • Pass the commissioning physical for technical specialties or the Class 1 (warrant officer candidate) flight physical for Aviators. All applicants must have 12 months remaining on their enlistment contract.
  • Age Requirements: For 153A, 32nd birthday or less prior to their packet being boarded. For all other WO MOS’, 46th birthday or less prior to their packet being boarded. Applicants must submit an Age waiver request with the application if they exceed the age requirements specified.

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*If you do not meet all of the above requirements please contact us and we can inform you of other options that may be available to get you on the warrant officer path.