The Squadron Officer School Preparatory Course

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  • International Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

Class 22A Arrival Window:  22 - 24 February 2022

Mandatory In-Processing Briefs:  26 February 2022

IOS Preparatory Course:  01 Mar - 15 Apr 2022

SOS:  19 April - 21 May 2022

This seven-week course prepares international officers in the ranks of First Lieutenant and Captain (or equivalent) to participate in the Squadron Officer School (SOS). The course's core curriculum focuses on development of communication skills required to engage with peers in creative, analytical thought and provides a better understanding of application of air power to foster teamwork and team building. Additionally, the course immerses the students in U.S. Defense organization, leadership topics, physical fitness, language and communication skills specific to SOS, and 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 SOS.

IOS SOS CC Welcome Letter

IOS SOS Reporting Instructions


Learning Outcome: This IOS preparatory course is designed to

  • Allow international military student (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

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

Other Requirements: IMS will be required to participate in the physical fitness training programs and meet minimum U.S. Air Force standards on the official Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA).

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.

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