Welcome to the

Special Operations Center of Excellence
International Military Student Office


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Welcome International Military Students

Congratulations on your selection to attend one of the many and varied courses offered here at the United States Army Special Operations Center of Excellence here at Ft Bragg, North Carolina. Your selection is indicative of your past achievement and future potential. As you embark on a unique journey, you can experience first class education and a first rate intercultural exchange. Take full advantage of your time at Ft Bragg, an opportunity you, and in many cases your family, will grow and benefit from each passing day.

You will train at Ft Bragg, but you will study and experience the American lifestyle, visit and become familiar with American businesses and better understand the government of your host country. We realize adjustments are necessary to live here among your American friends, adjustments as simple as converting from a metric system to the U.S. system to learning how to drive on the "right" side of the road. Adjustments may appear difficult at times, particularly in the beginning, but certainly not insurmountable.

The International Military Student Office (IMSO) staff and I will keep in mind that you are making adjustments living in the United States and will make ourselves available to assist you during this transition period. There are many every day "situations" the IMSO staff can help with, we've helped many who preceded you, so please, take advantage of our knowledge and visit our staff that is prepared and more than willing to care for your needs.

Welcome! I hope you have an enjoyable and memorable time while visiting and living in and around Ft Bragg, North Carolina.

Joyce Yarborough, Director, IMSO


The mission of the Fort Bragg International Military Student Office (IMSO) is to create the conditions and climate for sustained professional growth and success; provide and coordinate support for the world’s best international military students and promote a favorable impression of the American way of life; and to support the Security Assistance Training Program (SATP) objectives through:

International Program - Provide the International Military Students (IMS's) with advance information to assist them as they travel to Fort Bragg in-class information, and preparation for their return journey to their home country.

Administration - Manage all matters pertaining to administration, liaison, personal affairs, welfare, discipline, and official activities of International Military Students (IMS's).

Courses - Assist the IMS in developing expertise and systems needed for effective management and operations of its armed forces in rapport with the U.S. Armed Forces while attending any SOCoE courses.

Field Studies (Formerly, "Informational Program") - Provide a better understanding of the United States, its people, political system, military, institutions, and way of life through Department of the Army's Field Studies.

Sponsorship - Plan, coordinate and execute Department of the Army's International Sponsorship Programs. Motto is "American Volunteerism at Work."


International Military Student Office is the premiere training academy committed to producing quality international professionals instilled with sound leadership skills.


The International Military Student Office is committed to providing the highest quality training to international military personnel. We will accomplish this through active involvement and cooperation of all school personnel fostered by teamwork, open communications, integrity, and full utilization of all resources.

International Military Student Office:

Values tradition while encouraging innovation

Safeguards people, resources, and the environment

International Military Student Office shall:
1. Accomplish the international military training mission through effective leadership and teamwork.
2. Promote the dignity and well being of all students and staff.
3. Encourage continuous improvement of processes, technical skills and international personnel development.
4. Be responsive to our customers.

International Military Student Office is committed to:

1. The highest ethical standards
2. Equal opportunity for all
3. Open and effective communications
4. Supporting the chain of command
5. Excellence

IMSO Handbook

IMSO Handbook