The Air War College Preparatory Course

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  • International Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

Arrival Window:  9 - 11 May 2022

IOS Preparatory Course:  16 May - 7 July 2022

AWC:  25 July 2022 - 18 May 2023

This seven-week course prepares international officers in the ranks of Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel (or equivalent) to participate in the Air War College (AWC). The course's core curriculum focuses on development of critical thinking, professional writing, and communication skills, with an introduction to regional security issues, U.S. history, and a survey of U.S. defense capabilities and national security agencies and issues. Additionally, the course immerses the students in U.S. culture and ideals through the Field Studies Program (FSP). Attendance at this IOS preparatory course is a prerequisite for IMS enrolling at the AWC.

Commandant's Welcome Letter

2021 Air War College (AWC) - IOS Student Reporting Instructions

Learning Outcome: This IOS preparatory course is designed to

  • Allow IMS to understand and appreciate American society, institutions, and ideals

  • Understand the U.S. military missions, organizations, and terminology

  • Effectively communicate, integrate, and perform, both academically and socially, in the AU Professional Military Education (PME) environment

IMS must meet the minimum English comprehension level (ECL) requirement of 80.Prerequisites:

Uniform Requirements: The primary duty uniform at Maxwell AFB is the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform and/or flight suit. IMS should bring a complete set of their country's equivalent of the camouflage fatigue/utility uniform (i.e. OCP), and a service dress uniform (coat, tie and hat).

A set of "business casual" or "smart casual" civilian attire will also be required for various FSP trips. "Business/smart casual" attire includes a collared button-up shirt or polo, slacks or khakis, and dress shoes (i.e. Derby, monk, or loafers). A blazer or jacket is optional.

Women's "smart/business casual" includes dresses or slacks, khakis, or a skirt with a blouse. Heels, loafers, or flats are appropriate shoes.

Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, tennis shoes, sandals, etc. will not be allowed during FSP trips.

Master's Programs: The Air University is the U.S. Air Force's center for professional military education, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award master and doctoral degrees.  IMS attending SAASS may qualify to participate in the program. To qualify for completion of the degree programs, IMS may also be required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

International Officer School Patch
120 S. Mitchell Street
Maxwell AFB, AL  36112