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:


Candidates must meet Administrative AND Proponent requirements. Review requirements and then contact the WOSM.

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 pass the standard three event APFT and meet HT/WT criteria IAW AR 600-9.
  • Be able to secure and hold a secret security clearance. (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. Soldiers 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)
Warrant process
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 three phases:

PHASE I: Distance Learning. This phase is completed at the RTI, Camp Ripley. Candidates drill in an IDT status and complete correspondence requirements during drill weekends.

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

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

WOCS (Federal Warrant Officer Candidate School)

A five week program conducted at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Prior to this five-week program, candidates will be required to enroll in Blackboard online to submit their essay and short biography. Upon completion of the five week program, candidates will be appointed as a WO1.

For more information, visit the Federal WOCS Website


Warrant Officer Strength Manager
CW2 Richard Klofstad