MOS 153A—Rotary Wing Aviator

Rotary Wing Aviator (MOS 153A) Description / Major Duties:

Accession MOS used to feed into an armed reconnaissance, attack, utility, or cargo helicopter MOS. Operates and commands aircraft under tactical and non-tactical conditions. Operates aircraft during all types of meteorological conditions during the day, night, and under night vision systems. Performs all military aircraft operations (e.g., reconnaissance, security, gunnery, rescue, air assault, mine/flare delivery, internal/external load, and paradrop/rappelling operations). Performs aerial route, zone, and/or area reconnaissance in support of combat maneuver operations. Routinely participates in real time and training operations that include combat, combat support, or combat service support operations. Additionally, performs administrative or liaison missions to transport passengers, mail or cargo for military purposes. Maintains aviator flight requirements in accordance with appropriate aircraft Aircrew Training Manual.

Minimum Prerequisites for MOS 153A:

  • 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 90 or higher on the Alternate Flight Aptitude Selection Test (AFAST).
  • Successfully pass a Class 1 (warrant officer candidate) Flying Duty Medical Examination (FDME) IAW AR 40-501 that has been approved by the Commander, U.S. Army Aeromedical Center.
  • It is recommended, but not required, that applicants have a letter of recommendation from an Army Aviator in the rank of CW3 to CW5 or Major and above. If the unit commander or above is a field grade aviator, the aviator interview may be part of the commander's endorsement. In this case, the commander's endorsement must contain the same statement required for the aviator interview. Use a memorandum format and start with the statement I have interviewed (your name) and find (he/she) has the needed personal characteristics, motivation, physical stamina, and qualifications to be appointed a U.S. Army Reserve warrant officer and appears acceptable for selection into the WOFT program as a warrant officer candidate. Applicants from other military services may be interviewed by a field grade aviator from their branch of service if an Army aviator is not readily available. Army aviators will conduct the interviews whenever possible.
  • 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 (SERE-C) course.
    • Helicopter Ditching and Dunker trainer.
  • Note: The waiver authority for this requirement is the Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5000.

Article Last Modified: February 20, 2011

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