General Information - What To Expect Once Selected
Congratulations, Now What?
The first recommended step is to review the Warrant Officer Candidate School - WOCS page. There you will find multiple sources of information to include a checklist to ensure you report with the correct equipment; Security Clearance information for individuals that have not completed their Secret level clearance; and course information to limit possible challenges for Warrant Officer Candidates (WOC) when reporting to Fort Novosel. Additionally, applicants should utilize the following link to enroll in Blackboard prior to WOCS: or instructions can be found on Warrant Officer Candidate School Blackboard Enrollment | US Army Combined Arms Center

Three biggest delays in starting Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS):

  • Physical examination expiring prior to graduation - ensure your physical examination (Pre-commissioning or Class 1 Flight) will not expire during WOCS training. If your expiration date is close - it is strongly advised to get an updated physical examination prior to reporting to Fort Novosel for WOCS. Warrant Officer Candidates (WOC) possessing physical examinations that expire during WOCS may result in denied enrollment.
  • Security Clearance Issues - remedy all security clearance issues prior to departing your current duty station to ensure there are not any surprises for the Security Office at Fort Novosel. If, by chance, the Fort Novosel Security Manager cannot validate your clearance through the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS), you will not start WOCS.
  • Physical fitness - condition yourself prior to reporting to Fort Novosel. You are required to perform the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) for WOCS entry and exit, as well as participate in daily physical training to include weekly foot marches up to 10 kilometers.

You can expect to receive notification email with your WOCS class date via email 90 days after selection. The Reassignments / Levy section at your current duty station will receive notification of your WOCS training when you are notified. The Reassignments / Levy section will publish your orders. Please do not call or email the Warrant Officer Recruiting Team about your orders for at least 90 days after the release of selection board results.
If you have concerns due to an upcoming deployment, conflicting school dates with other military training requirements, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or family issues, you can find the points of contact to request alternate class dates on the Human Resources Command (HRC) Officer Accessions Branch page.
For 153A aviator selectees, additional information for Initial Entry Rotary Wing (IERW) Training at Fort Novosel is located at
Further information on specific U.S. Army branches that have assigned Warrant Officers is found under the U.S. Army Human Resources Command's Officer Personnel Management Directorate
If you encounter problems during travel to Fort Novosel that will adversely affect your report date and/or you need further assistance, please call (334) 255-1387 to inform the HHC, USAWOCC leadership of your status.

Last Updated: 20 July 2023