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, strategic design, 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.

SOS Course Dates:

Class Course Start Date (CSD) Graduate Deadline for Waivers and  Student Updates (COB)
FY Class of 21
21F    2 Aug 21 - 2 Sep 21 2 Sep 21 IN-RES 19 Jul 21
21G    20 Sep 21 - 22 Oct 21 IN-RES 22 Oct 21 IN-RES 3 Sep 21
FY Class of 22
22A      8 Nov 21 - 15 Dec 21 IN-RES 15 Dec 21 IN-RES TBD
22B      10 Jan 22 - 11 Feb 22 IN-RES 11 Feb 22 IN-RES TBD
22C       28 Feb 22- 1 Apr 22 IN-RES 1 Apr 22 IN-RES TBD
22D     18 Apr 22 - 20 May 22 IN-RES 20 May 22 IN-RES TBD
22E    13 Jun 22 - 15 Jul 22 IN-RES 15 Jul 22 IN-RES TBD

Squadron Officer School
125 Chennault Circle 

Building 1403
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112


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