Guard, Reserve, and Civilian Information

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  • Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL


*** SOS does NOT play a role in the nomination process or hold slots to attend in-residence.

AFPC allocates quotas to each MAJCOM, FOA, and DRU proportional to the number of eligible officers assigned.  MAJCOMs, FOAs, or DRUs may reallocate quotas and delegate to subordinate units the responsibility of designating the most qualified officers as primary and alternate resident SOS attendees. SOS Student Services downloads the class roster from AFPC approximately 1-2 weeks from the class start date.

ANG Captains:

Nomination through your Wing Commander and State approval: Consult your chain of command and Base Education and Training Office (BETM) for timelines and processes. Ensure that your orders authorize partial per diem, per the JTR. For questions regarding the Guard officer PME please contact DSN 493-3060, or Commercial, 334-953-3060. Please contact your local Wing Commander if you have any additional questions. For questions regarding orders, you may contact 908 FSS/FSO: DSN 493-9185 or Commercial 334-953-9185.

AFRC Captains:

Apply through the Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB). Consult myPers website for details (CAC required). Ensure that your orders authorize partial per diem, per the JTR. Please contact the OPME Reserve Advisor at DSN 493-7113, or Commercial, 334-953-7113 if you have any additional questions. If the OPME Reserve Advisor is unavailable contact the AU Reserve Advisor at DSN 493-3290, or Commercial, 334-953-3290.  For questions regarding orders, you may contact 908 FSS/FSO: DSN 493-9185 or Commercial 334-953-9185.


Air Force Civilians apply during the nomination call, 1 Mar - 1 May, through the MYPERS website. Access the "Force Development" section, next click on "Squadron Officer School" within the Basic Development Education. When on the "Squadron Officer School" scroll down the tab for basic eligibility and nomination procedures, which includes the AF From 4059 and Resume documenation requirements. During the nomination call, after the appropriate level signatures are obtained, scan and upload required documents (AF Form 4059 and Resume) through myPers at MYPERS website upload documents, which will be forwarded to HQ AFPC/DP2LWD, SOS Program Manager, where the central selection board is managed. 

Squadron Officer School
125 Chennault Circle 

Building 1403
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112


Exception to Policy click here.

BLUF: Deadline for Exception to Policy (ETP) packages are due 10 duty days prior to day one of class.  The "end enrollment" deadline for SOS Classes is on the SOS Student Experience Page and see the deadlines for each upcoming class.

1.   IAW the SOS Exception to Policy Checklist, Exception to Policy (ETP) packages shall be submitted to SOC/ODP Org Mailbox,  Again, this is due 0730 CST 10 duty days prior to day one of class.  Any packages submitted after this deadline may be rejected but will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

2.  IAW SOS 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.  

Direct all questions on these deadlines to SOS/ODP at DSN 493-3231, or email at 

Students attending SOS need to understand that compliance with the below eligibility requirements is mandatory and is the primary responsibility of the member.  Training managers should assist in the process but each student must ensure that they have followed all the reporting instructions and that they have an approved Exception to Policy (ETP) as necessary.   Training Managers should review current SOS Enrollment Policy and current SOS Reporting Guide.  Timelines under the policy are mandatory.  When an ETP is granted the member will receive an e-mail confirmation that they have approval to proceed to SOS.  The member should not proceed without this confirmation.  Anyone who arrives without being approved will be sent back at the unit's expense and their commander will be notified of the failure to follow proper procedures. 

  • ​Military: must be a Captain and CANNOT pin on Major while attending SOS. 
  • Students who pin on Major while at SOS will be sent home.
  • Civilians: must be GS-9 through GS-12.
  • See AFI 36-2656 for more info.

Students attending SOS are expected to be in top physical condition and should expect to complete a weekly 5K run, a 10K at the end of the course, and other strenuous activities including climbing, lifting, and hoisting one's body weight, in the central Alabama weather conditions.

  • We understand that due to COVID most students haven’t been able to PT test for the last two years. If that’s the case, bring your last PT test with no exemptions even if it isn’t the most recent PT test. 
  • You MUST have a current/passing PT Test WITHOUT EXEMPTIONS on file in AF Fitness Management System (AFFMSII) that lasts through your graduation date.
  • If you have one or more EXEMPTIONS on your AFFMSII printout, you must retest with NO EXEMPTIONS prior to attending SOS or get an approved Exception to Policy (ETP) to attend SOS, even if the profile that led to the exemption expired.
  • You will be REQUIRED to provide a hardcopy printout from AFFMSII showing your current score and expiration date on Day 1.
  • Additionally, if you are on a medical profile, even if it will expire during the class, you cannot attend SOS without an approved ETP.

Exceptions are further clarified in the Exceptions to Policy Explained.

****Expiration Fitness Assessment Due to Deployment of 90+ days**** Students with an expired PT Test who will attend SOS within 42 days after returning from a deployment of over 90 days MUST request anETP waiver and receive written approval to use the expired score. 


***Completed Waivers Form MUST be submitted to SOS Student Services NO LATER THAN 10 duty days PRIOR to class start date (see "SOS HOME" webpage for class start dates/ETP due dates).***  Any submission received after the cutoff date will be disapproved.

***All ETP Waivers MUST Be Signed By Your Home Station Wing Commander (or equivalent)***
    ETP are required for PT test exemptions, profiles, and waivers.   See chart below:


Current PT test has exemptions

Yes, unless the exemptions are due to pregnancy or 12-month post-partum deferment period. 

Expired PT test due to Deployment

Yes, if attending SOS within 42 days after returning from a deployment over 90 day must submit an ETP.

Medical Profile for physical activity


Medical Profile for Pregnancy

- Regular OBGYN care or appointments are not available through Maxwell clinic.
- Discuss with your doctors about attending the course without OB care.
- After Day 1, plan a time to speak with training health at the clinic to discuss SOS event participation.
- Some events pose a higher risk due to pregnancy.

Medical Profile for post-partum


Medical Profile with mobility restrictions

No, not required if your profile is only for mobility restrictions and you are able to and not restricted from; running, doing push-ups and doing sit-ups.

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Other Issues

If in doubt, email
- Describe your situation and attach available documentation; AF-469, AFMS Fit Report


  • If you are on ANY medical waivers that limit physical activity, you must submit an ETP.
  • Students attending SOS with exemption on ANY component of their current PT Test, MUST request an ETP waiver (Fitness Waiver) and receive written approval.
  • ETP requests for students with PT exemptions that will limit their full participation at SOS are typically denied if the student will have additional opportunities to attend SOS after the issue is resolved.
  • Pregnant Students:
    • Maxwell AFB 42 MDG does not have the capability to provide routine OB GYN care.
    • You MUST coordinate with your home station OB GYN provider to determine whether or not you will require OB care during the class.
    • If you are cleared for the class, you MUST provide a 469 clearing you to attend SOS without routine OB GYN care.
    • If you will require OB GYN care while attending the course you MUST coordinate a referral between your home station clinic and a network OB GYN provider in the Montgomery area to receive care while TDY.
  • You are NOT required to submit a TAFSC waiver to SOS before attending the course.
  • All TAFSC waivers should be routed through your MAJCOM/A1 office. -- Note: Some MAJCOMS have delegated the approval authority for TAFSC waivers to individual Wing Commanders. Consult your MAJCOM A1.
  • SOS does not need to see your TAFSC waiver. 

ANG and AFRC students should consult the SOS Reporting Guide as well as the lodging and finance information on the SOS website Lodging and Finance Information

Please contact the AU Reserve Advisor at DSN 493-3290, or Commercial, 334-953-3290 if you have any additional questions. For questions regarding the Guard officer PME please contact DSN 493-3060, or Commercial, 334-953-3060.   For questions regarding orders, you may contact 908 FSS/FSO: DSN 493-9185 or Commercial 334-953-9185.


Per Air University Instruction 36-2315, if a TDY student reports for a course and is found to be ineligible due to failure to meet ANY eligibility requirements without an ETP, the student will be returned to his or her unit at the parent unit's expense.