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College credit for inter-American squadron officer school

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- American Military University became the first university to accept transfer credits from students who attend Inter-American Squadron Officer School at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The university will offer six credits toward undergraduate degree programs and up to nine credits toward graduate programs. The transfer credits applies not only to current ISOS students but also includes ISOS alumni from courses dating back to 2011.

"This is a big deal for us," said Capt.Omayra Genao, ISOS program director. "AMU did a thorough review of our updated eight-week curriculum before offering the credits."

ISOS is a professional military education in-residence course taught entirely in Spanish to captains from Latin American and U.S. armed forces. The school is accredited by Air University
for equivalency Primary Development Education.

Genao said the ISOS curriculum mirrors the one taught for Squadron Offi cer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., an element of Squadron Officer College under Air University.

"Our students would get credit for the PME course, which would fulfill one of the requirements so they're eligible for promotion to major," Genao said.

"However, until now they couldn't get college credit." ISOS teaches leadership and management
principles along with the fundamentals of team integration through team building concepts. It also provides the opportunity for its students to experience military-to-military engagement, which helps strengthen the relationships between the U.S. military and its Latin American partner nations.