Waivers and Exceptions to Policy (ETP):

Waivers and Exceptions to Policy (ETP):

  • The availability of a waiver/ETP does not constitute automatic approval.
  • Waiver/ETP requests are approved individually and based on the needs of the Army.
  • Most waiver/ETP dispositions are valid for one year.
  • Waiver/ETP requests are submitted as part of the complete application packet.

The table below lists the available waivers/ETP, approval authorities, and approximate processing time:




Age ETP153A Applicants: If older than 32 years of age at the time of the board.  Technician Applicants: Aspiring Technicians must be 45 years of age or less at the time of appointment to WO1. 

AFS ETP - 153A Applicants: If more than 8 years AFS as of DA 61 signature date.  Technician Applicants: If more than 12 years AFS as of DA 61 signature date.

ETS Waiver - For all applicants with less than 12 months remaining in service at the time of application submission.

Prerequisite Waiver - For all applicants not meeting required WOMOS qualifications.

Reapplication ETP - For all applicants with less than 12 months since last DA 61.

Medical Waiver - If commissioning physical medical waiver is recommended IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 2, submit all commissioning physical pages (DD 2808, DD 2807-1, UF 3.1), commissioning labs, audiogram report (if not annotated on 2808), VA C&P exam reports (if received or receiving VA disability), medical treatment records and pharmacy records for all disqualifying conditions, and APPLICABLE profile(s) for medical waiver processing after administrative qualification by the Warrant Officer Recruiting Company.  Optional, submit clearance letter / MFR from your physician or primary care provider which at a minimum will include diagnosis, treatment performed, treatment / monitoring required, and any restrictions.  Reference website for detailed submission instructions. Send documents to: usarmy.knox.usarec.mbx.hq-g3-special-programs-and-boards@mail.mil. Ensure the subject line reads: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME MI - WOMOS - MED WAIVER.

APFT ETP - Processed separately through applicant's chain of command w/ General Officer endorsement routed to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 for determination.  Once a positive determination is obtained, the application packet can be submitted.

Tattoo ETP - Tattoo ETP is required for all Warrant Officer applicants not in compliance with AR 670-1, regardless of self-identification status in iPERMS.  Applicant memo, LTC or above memo, and colored photos with ruler must be included with request.

Conduct (Moral) Waiver - A conduct or moral waiver is required when the final finding of a court or of another adjudicating authority is a conviction or other adverse adjudication such as, but not limited to, fines, imprisonment, placed on probation, paroled or pardoned, or have ever been ordered to deposit bail or collateral for a violation of any law, police regulation or ordinance, including traffic violations involving a fine or forfeiture of $100 or more.  This includes juvenile offenses, expunged dispositions, non-judicial punishments, and courts-martial proceedingsSerious misconduct and major misconduct offenses require General Officer endorsement, Moral Waiver Case Summary, and submission no less than eight weeks prior to the desired board's deadline.  See Army Directive 2020-09 for details.