Officer/Warrant Officer Programs

Washington Army National Guard

Aviation Careers


Aviation Officers coordinate/lead operations using Washington Army National Guard helicopters: UH-72 Lakota, UH-60 Black Hawk, and CH-47 Chinook. These operations support the mission of the Washington Army National Guard within Washington State and the mission of the U.S. Army, Joint Forces, and partner nations around the globe.


  • Coordinate employment of Aviation Soldiers and aircraft at all levels
  • Command and control aviation platoons
  • Provide aviation coordination
  • Instruct aviation skills at service schools and combat training centers

Job training for an Aviation Officer requires completing aviation school, where you study rotary-winged aircraft and basic flying skills.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Basic flight physics and flight systems
  • Emergency procedures
  • Flight map drawing and reading

You will then begin Basic Combat Training in combat flight skills that are used by Army National Guard pilots, and eventually specialize in one of the following helicopters:

  • UH-72 Lakota
  • UH-60 Black Hawk
  • CH-47 Chinook


  • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
  • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in fields such as business management. Being an officer in the Army National Guard is closely related to holding a managerial position in a corporation.

153A ROTARY WING AVIATOR (warrant officer)

Pilot and command army aircraft in tactical and non-tactical conditions. Aviation warrant officers must be agile, adaptive, and creative, as they operate aircraft in all meteorological conditions, both day and night, and are responsible for coordinating, conducting, and directing all types of single service and joint combat, combat support and sustainment operations. Function as direct combat participants with organic armament systems, and sustain combat proficiency for their designated aircraft as outlined in the appropriate aircrew-training manual. Aviation warrant officers fill a unique role within Army Aviation as the technical and tactical experts of the branch providing long-term continuity of service within both conventional and special operations Aviation units.


  • Any MOS may apply.
  • Be at least 18, but not have reached their 33rd birthday at the convening of the selection board.
  • Waivers will be considered for applicants with exceptional qualifications and only on a case-by-case basis.
  • Score 40 or higher on the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT).
  • Successfully pass a Class 1 (warrant officer candidate) Flying Duty Medical Examination (FDME) in accordance with AR 40-501 that has been approved by the commander, U.S. Army Aeromedical Center.
  • All In-Service applicants must have a digitally signed letter of recommendation from an Army Aviator (CW3 to CW5) currently serving (Not Retired). In-Service Applicants may supplement (not replace) the Army Aviator (CW3-CW5) LOR with hand signed LOR's from Retired Army Aviators as desired.

Acceptance to Warrant Officer Flight Training (153A) will require attendance and successful completion of:

  • The U.S. Army Aviation Center Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion course (SERE-C).

Warrant Application Documents

Accepting applications NOW! Next board will be conducted in OCT 2024 with completed packets due no later than 30 September 2024

All applicants send submissions to: