Squadron Officer School (SOS)

Welcome to Squadron Officer School

Squadron Officer School CommanderThe Squadron Officer School (SOS) in-residence program is a 6.5 week educational experience for USAF captains. The purpose of the program is to help develop solution-minded, bold and courageous Airmen ready to overcome today's and tomorrow's challenges. In order to accomplish this task, the course is structured around three primary areas leadership, strategic design, and multi-domain joint warfare. Students will engage in classroom and hands-on application events that will challenge their individual leadership awareness, foster innovative thinking, provide effective methods for conflict resolution, and collaboratively solve problems.

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.

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SOS Course Dates:

Class Course Start Date (CSD) Graduate Deadline for Waivers and  Student Updates (COB)
20E*    9 Jul 20 12 Aug 20 24 Jun 20
20F*    8 Sep 20 22 Oct 20 24 Aug 20

*The Class of 20E  will be Virtual In-Residence--Remote (VIR-R).  Students will not travel to Maxwell AFB, but the program will still require their full duty day (see AETC/CC memo on ‘TDY-in-place’ expectations for students and their supervisors). You will receive detailed instructions on how to complete your daily requirements, which will include real-time online sessions, recorded lectures, discussion boards, reading and assignments. In order to participate fully, you need internet access and a computer/personal device capable of video web conferencing. Uniform for each day will ABU/OCP/flight suit for captains and business casual for civilians.


*IAW the SOS Exception to Policy Checklist, Exception to Policy (ETP) packages shall be submitted to SOC/ODP Org Mailbox,  For SOS Classes  these ETP packages shall be due by 14 days prior to day one of class unless otherwise listed above.  Any packages submitted after this deadline may be rejected but will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

*IAW SOC Enrollment Policy, Section 2., c., At 0730 CST 14 days prior to Class Start Date, the "end enrollment" date is effective and final. This will allow TRQI managers to make changes without coordination with SOC/ODP until the end enrollment date.  

CONUS students should arrive no earlier than one (1) day prior to the class start date.

OCONUS students are authorized to arrive two (2) days prior to the class start date.

Graduation Planning: Under NO circumstances will graduating SOS students make any return air travel arrangements out of Montgomery on flights that depart before 1400 hours (2:00 PM) on their Graduation Date. Early departures that require students to miss graduation must be requested from the student's home station wing commander.

Training Reports (AF Form 475)

In accordance with AFI 36-2406, within 60 calendar days after completion of SOS,  the school will forward the original AF Form 475, Education/Training Report (TR), to HQ Air Force Personnel Center for filing into the Master Personnel Record Group (MPerRGp). SOS does not keep a copy of the Training Report. Further information is available under SOS FAQ.

For missing Training Reports, contact the agency below:
Active Duty – AFPC/PBSE / Randolph AFB, TX / DSN 665-4612
Guard/Reserve – ARPC/DPBR1 / Denver, CO / DSN 926-6340

Transcripts for College Credit
Students should visit the 
Air University Registrar web page to request a copy of their transcript.

25 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112