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The International Officer School welcomes thousands of International Officers from more than 60 countries throughout the world to attend our Air University Schools.
Internationally recognized preparatory school supporting US security assistance objectives.

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International Officer School

Building Partnerships TribladeMission. Prepare international military students and their families for Air University Professional Military Educations (PME) programs and partner with international leaders through engagement and outreach.

The International Officer School (IOS) is the lead-up course to prepare all international officers for attending Air War College (AWC), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and Squadron Officer College (SOC). While the USAF recently formally recognized building partnerships as a core function, the importance of assisting partner nations has always been implicitly understood and practiced. Allied officers began attending AU in 1946. In 1954 the USAF instituted the Allied Officer Preparatory Phase Course to aid the adjustment for international officers attending AU programs. In 1985, after numerous name changes, the program became IOS. To this day, IOS operates to enable the educational mission of the schools and the programs it supports.

Since 1954 over 11,000 international military students (IMS) from 143 countries have graduated from IOS preparatory courses. A dedicated unit of only 19 members, IOS provides exceptional support to nearly 250 IMSs and their families annually during their participation in AU programs. The unit is organized with a dean of students providing administrative support prior to the students’ arrival and during their stay. The dean of education and faculty execute the preparatory programs readying the international students for seamless integration with their US academic counterparts. Five preparatory classes are held annually, concluding prior to the start of the educational programs the international students will join. The courses are seven weeks in duration and predominately focus on refinement of communication skills by familiarizing participants with common terminology and stressing the military context the students require for success in their advanced coursework. IOS also executes the congressionally mandated Field Studies Program (FSP) as implemented by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the Arms Export Control Act, and the Security Assistance Training Program. FSP objectives are formed around 11 principle tenets that ensure international students understand government, military, and citizen responsibilities to protect, preserve, and respect individual rights. Graduates will comprehend foundational facets of American life, US society, institutions, and ideals and how these aspects reflect US commitment to internationally recognized human rights. With the help of IOS, international students are able to hit the ground running when integrated alongside US officers into the academic culture of each school.

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120 S. Mitchell Street
Maxwell AFB, AL  36112

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AGA Q&A: How will spouses with children over age 1 participate in IFOP this year? Answer: Officers will be given two days of administrative time that will allow them to take care of their children and/or accomplish errands, appointments, etc., while spouses attend the IFOP orientation.
AGAs! Check your email - our newsletter is out that discusses updates to 2018 dependent and sponsorship programs! Send us your questions!
See you tonight at AGA Appreciation Night!
Mark your calendars for Alabama Goodwill Ambassador Appreciation Night on 18 January 2018!
Now accepting applications for volunteers for the International Dependents' English Course (IDEC) - please help spread the word!
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AGAs: free admission to the Birmingham Zoo this weekend for all active duty and retired military and dependents - make sure you let your students know!
Now accepting applications for IFOP Culture Camp volunteers!!! Apply here: http://www.airuniversity.af.mil/IOS/AGA.aspx
Don't forget to mark your calendars: IFOP's Culture Camp for international children will run from 19-27 June and we need great volunteers to help make the program a success! Please let us know if you're interested and make sure you spread the word!
Hello AGAs! Matching for ACSC and AWC is underway! Please send an email to sponsor.dependent.programs@gmail.com if you haven't received the list and to let us know your preferences!
Don't forget to RSVP for AGA Appreciation Night if you've sponsored this year! Just send us an email or give us a call - hope to see you there!
If you've sponsored a student in 2016, your Alabama Goodwill Ambassasdor Appreciation Night invitation is in the mail!
December newsletter is out! Please note: we're switching to digital correspondence as the primary means of communication, so this will be the last hard-copy newsletter mailed out unless you let us know you still want hard-copy mail.
Check out the Nov/Dec issue of RSVP Montgomery for a feature on the AGA program!
November AGA newsletter is out!
Wg Cdr Musa from Nigeria, an AU alum, was selected as an Eienshower Fellow.