Date: 11/2009 Description: SOS Logo © State Dept Image

This two-day program is designed to meet the security awareness needs of U.S. Government personnel and their families going overseas. Security experts offer guidance on a range of topics, including:

  • Risk Management
  • Personal Security
  • Sexual Assault
  • Detecting Surveillance
  • Overseas Residential and Road Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Your Role in Counterintelligence
  • Hostage Survival
  • Evacuation and Contingency Planning
  • Coping in a Crisis

Who Should Attend?
State or non-State employee going overseas under the Chief of Mission for 30 consecutive days or longer are required to take this course. It is also highly recommended for adult Eligible Family Members (EFM) and Members of Household (MOH).

State Tuition Rate: No charge

Non-State Tuition Rate: $385

Non-State Tuition Family Rate: $405
When a non-State employee enrolls in one of the SOS courses, his/her adult family member(s) may take the course for an additional $20. Young Diplomats Overseas Preparation (MQ250) is offered free of charge during the summer for children in grades 2-12

Non-State employees/EFMs must fax an SF-182 (with fiscal data) through their Training Officer to the Office of the Registrar at FSI (fax# 703-302-7152) or email it as an attachment to

State Department Foreign Service employees can enroll online or through their CDO. EFMs can enroll through the employee's CDO.

State Civil Service employees enroll through their Bureau's Training Officer.

FSI Registrar must receive written notice of cancellation five workdays before the course begins. Email the Transition Center’s SOS team at or call 703-302-7418/7417 if you have any questions.

2016 Course Dates

January 11–12
January 25–26
February 8–9
February 22–23
March 7–8
March 28-29
April 11–12
April 25–26
May 9–10
May 23–24
June 6–7
June 13–14
June 20–21
July 11-12
July 18-19
July 25-26
August 1-2
August 8-9
August 22-23
September 12-13