Attention Future SOS Students: If you are two weeks out from your expected class start date and haven’t received an email from SOS, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: By default, SOS related correspondence is sent to us.af.mil or spaceforce.mil emails.
SOS Mission & Vision: "Enhance air and space minded leaders...primed to prevail in competitive environments."
SOS Goal: Graduated students will return to their units with an enhanced understanding of the institutional competencies, leadership actions, and key elements of reasoning required to fly, fight, and win in the 21st century.
Formed in 1950, the Squadron Officer School (SOS) program has evolved continuously to meet modern challenges in order to provide relevant professional military education. Today, the Squadron Officer School in-residence program is an immersive educational experience for US Air Force and US Space Force active duty, guard, and reserve captains, civilians, and international officers.
The purpose of SOS is to develop solution-minded, bold, and courageous Airmen and Guardians ready to overcome tomorrow's challenges. The course is structured around three areas: leadership, design thinking, and joint warfare. Students will engage in classroom and hands-on application events to know themselves to lead themselves, know their team to lead their team, foster a strategic and creative mindset, resolve conflict effectively, collaboratively solve problems, and gain foundational knowledge on airpower doctrine, international paradigms, and joint all-domain warfare to learn to lead in uncertain environments.
With the establishment of the US Space Force, SOS has developed a space-specific academic program titled "Space Gray Rhinos" that is accomplished as part of the in-residence SOS curriculum. Space Force Guardians will focus on space as it applies across the instrument of power, in the past, now, and in the future. USSF students will complete a group capstone project tackling the focus areas outlined in the CSO Planning Guidance.
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Squadron Officer School
125 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
The Air Force Culture and Language Center partnered with the Squadron Officer School at Air University to establish the first process to formally recognize pre-commissioning language events for cadets from the United States Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC in an official system of record.
The distance learning programs for Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College have been closed for enrollments and graduations since July 7, 2022, in support of the Air University-wide transition to the new Learner Environment Design-Student Information System.
Col. Jason M. Trew took command of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies from Col. Jeffrey Donnithorne during a change of command ceremony, June 24, 2020, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
Air University international alumni from 30 countries were honored for their military and civilian career achievements at a recognition ceremony, April 13, 2022.
The Air Force’s Personnel Center will accept applications from active duty Line of the Air Force officers for the calendar year 2023 Officer Instructor & Recruiting Special Duty (OI&RSD) Nomination Board April 11 to May 14.
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