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 four primary areas (1) leadership, (2) building highly-effective teams, (3)  logical and ethical reasoning in decision making, and (4) 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:
 "Educate Air Force Captains to think, communicate, cooperate, and lead in the joint environment."  

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)
19A  12 Jul 18 24 Aug 18 28 Jun 18
19B  10 Sep 18 24 Oct 18 27 Aug 18
19C 5 Nov 18 21 Dec 18 22 Oct 18
19D 14 Jan 19 28 Feb 19 2 Jan 19
19E 12 Mar 19 24 Apr 19 26 Feb 19
19F 7 May 19 21 Jun 19 23 Apr 19

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.

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


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Welcome to the Class of 19A. Today begins the six and a half weeks for these Captains, Reservists, Civilians, and International Officers. They will be challenged in areas of leadership, communication, ethics, and joint warfare. Good luck students.
Class of 18E thank you for contributing 93 units of blood to the Armed Services Blood Program and 86 units to the American Red Cross as well as 78 registered bone marrow donors to the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program. Class 18E had International Officers that attended from Bahrain, Chile, Czech Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea (South), Lebanon, Lithuania, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda. Good luck in your future endeavors 18E. Here is a look at the past six and a half weeks:

Welcome to the Class of 19A.
Congratulations to the class of 18E. Today marked the completion of six and a half weeks of learning.
Today marks the graduation of the Class of 18D. They survived challenges across Leadership , Team Building , Ethics, and Joint Warfare. Then now have friendships, knowledge, and an impact that will last a lifetime. Here is a look at some of these events that took place from the student’s perspective over the past six and a half weeks.

Congratulations to the Class of 18D and good luck in your future endeavors. Welcome to 18E.
Congratulations to the Class of 18C. It was a most eventful class with many accomplishments including 84 hours of community service, 139 pints of blood, and $200 in cash for local charities. Below is the graduation video for the 680 students and 50 flights that made up 18C. May your friendships forged here last a lifetime. Https://
Welcome to the Class of 18D as they enter today scheduled to begin tomorrow. You will face challenges through Joint Warfare, Ethics, Team Building, Leadership, and experientials. Good luck as you form lasting bonds with your fellow classmates.
Welcome to the Class of 18C coming to Maxwell AFB to begin Monday. Great beginning to the new year. Good luck students.
Congratulations to the Class of 18B who graduated 663 students across 48 flights of Air Force officers, Department of Defense civilians, and International Officers. There were 29 International Officers from sixteen different countries. This class donated 225 hours and $490. Here is a look at the six and a half weeks for 18B and best wishes in the future.
Former SOS instructor, member of Academic Affairs, and Redpant performed the flyover for Auburn's homecoming. Great job Emily Joy!
Congratulations to the Class of 18A who graduated 591 students in 43 flights. This class donated 195 hours of community service. Here is their video showing the events over their six and a half weeks. HTTPS://
Our own Commandant spoke quite eloquently explaining the continuum of learning.
TLP 1 complete. Way to go to those that succeeded.
Capt. "JAG" Garris was featured speaking about Air University and Squadron Officer College. Class of 18A you will be the first to experience the new curriculum. Welcome!
Congratulations to the Class of 17F on graduating today. This class had 553 students in 41 flights. They also had 22 International Officers from 16 countries. The class donated 175 hours and $1650. Way to go 17F and may your time at SOS leave you better prepared to be the future leaders of the Air Force. Here is a look at the five weeks for the 17F class: Good luck as we bid you safe travels to your home station.
Great job 17F on Commandant's Challenge today. Beautiful morning for it.
SOS Class 17F you are invited to observe a time honored tradition of International Officers vs SOC Faculty in a soccer match. The game is this Thursday, May 4th at 0630. It will be held by the Maxwell Youth Fields on Maxwell Blvd. across from the T-38. Come out and feel free to cheer and heckle.
Students of 17F endured physical and mental challenges today at Project X.