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SOS Resident Program Selection Process

*** 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. SOC Student Services downloads the class roster from AFPC approximately 1-2 weeks from the class start date.

Line of the Air Force (LAF) Captains:

Each Wing selects nominees who meet eligibility requirements to attend SOS and sends the names of the nominees to their respective MAJCOM for final selection. The MAJCOM nominees are forwarded to AFPC for compilation.

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.

AFRC Captains:

Apply through the Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB). Consult myPers website for details (CAC required).

Non-Line Officers:

Eligible health care and legal officers are selected by their respective MAJCOM staff agency. 


Civilians apply using AF Form 4059 and forwarding it to AFPC/DPIFA who holds a central selection board. SOS application info can be found on the MYPERS website at: https://mypers.af.mil. Go to the Civilian, Force Development section, Click on the PDE, IDE, or SDE program(s) for which you wish to apply.  Click on specific course, scroll down and the documents required are listed; click on link to reach document. During the nomination call, when you have obtained appropriate level signatures, scan and upload docs. 

Last Updated: 4 September 2016