Is it possible for a warrant officer to go to West Point?

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  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    I've considered doing the 'High School to Flight School' Program; I would like to fly helicopters as my career. I also want to attend a service academy, though. Is it possible?
     
  2. KWpilot

    KWpilot New Member

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    Yes, it is possible to branch aviation out of USMA and go to flight school. It varies with each class, but 80-100 cadets get it each year. It's important to note, however, that the aviation warrant officer and the aviation RLO will have two very different careers. Warrant officers are the technical experts who fly everyday and know their airframe inside and out. Conversely, as a LT or CPT you'll be out front leading and flying when you're in a leadership position (Platoon Leader and Company/Troop Commander), but you'll also have to rotate onto staff, at which point you may just be meeting your minimum hour requirements.

    Either way you go, you'll have a very good career in front of you. Both have their advantages and disadvantages though. I suggest researching both career options if that's what you're interested in.
     
  3. mombee

    mombee Banned

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    Yes. However, I would question why. I can see WO Aviation as a back up if your USMA application is unsuccessful but to go to Army Aviation with the intent of immediately applying to USMA, why?
     
  4. JonathanBelmont

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    It is indeed possible, although rare. If you wanted to do HS2FS for a couple years and then come to USMA, you wouldn't be the first. There are also USMA grads who resign their commissions & go WO... sometimes within the aviation branch but more often (like my brother-in-law) from other branches. He was an infantry CPT in a ranger Bn, then decided he wanted to fly. Uncle Sam said "sure, just take off those CPT bars and become a warrant..." which probably scares most folks away. He said "ok" and now he's a CW2 flying chinooks in the 160th. These are by far the rare exceptions to the rule, though.
     
  5. America's Finest

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    Yeah it's possible. Although you'd get more flight time as a Warrant Officer. I met an O-5 that became a WO-1 just so he could keep flying. As stated above, you rotate to and from staff as an officer.
     

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