Squadron Officer School (SOS)

Welcome to Squadron Officer School

Squadron Officer School CommanderThe Squadron Officer School (SOS) in-residence program is a 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.

PDF LogoInbound Student Information please review the Inbound Students page for further announcements regarding the Class of 20F.

PDF LogoSOS 20F VIR-R Welcome Letter  NOTE: Students will access the 20F VIR-R Course on Canvas via the QR code referenced in your welcome letter not in a separate email. Please note the QR code should now be working.  There is a Day 0 Ask Me Anything Zoom link on Canvas under announcements that will begin Sunday, 20 Sept at 1630 CST.  If you have any issues accessing Canvas please contact the POCs listed on the Welcome Letter. The Class of 20F will begin with a webinar on Day 1 of class, 21 September. 

If you would like additional information about SOS please visit our SOS YouTube Channel.

SOS Course Dates:

Class Course Start Date (CSD) Graduate Deadline for Waivers and  Student Updates (COB)
FY Class of 20   
20E*    9 Jul 20 12 Aug 20 N/A
20F*    21 Sep 20 23 Oct 20 N/A
FY Class of 21
21A*    16 Nov 20 18 Dec 20 2 Nov 20
21B    11 Jan 21 12 Feb 21 28 Dec 20
21C    1 Mar 21 2 Apr 21 16 Feb 21
21D    19 Apr 21 21 May 21 TBD
21E    7 Jun 21 9 Jul 21 TBD
21F    2 Aug 21 2 Sep 21 TBD
21G    27 Sep 21 29 Oct 21 TBD

*The Classes of 20E, 20F, and 21A will be Virtual In-Residence-Remote (VIR-R). 

Announcement:  SOS has updated its curriculum to create a learning experience that maximizes student flexibility and live interaction.  Video enabled conversation will be combined with asynchronous discussion posts and a social media group chat for students and the instructor. Select the tab titled Frequently Asked Questions for 20F for further information.

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 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 SOS/ODP until the end enrollment date.  

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