The United States Army Fires Center of Excellence is proud of its role in training professional military students from our allied nations around the globe. Attending the Air Defense or Field Artillery School will stimulate your thoughts, extend your professional knowledge, and give you an understanding of the people of the United States. We are totally dedicated to the development and implementation of Air Defense and Field Artillery training for the Army of the future.

The International Student Division (ISD) serves as the principal contact for all International Military Students (IMS) attending courses at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The following information will acquaint you with the facilities and services available to you at Fort Sill and the adjacent community of Lawton, Oklahoma. The mission of the International Student Division is to support the Security Assistance Training Program (SATP) objectives through:

Managing all matters pertaining to administration, liaison, personal affairs, welfare, and discipline of international students.

Monitor students training, develop Academic Efficiency Reports, coordinate with Staff, Faculty and In-Class Sponsors.

Planning, coordinating and executing the Sponsorship Program.

Providing a better understanding of the United States, its people, political systems, institutions, and the American Family way of life through the Field Studies Program (FSP).

Security Assistance Officers (SAOs) should ensure that the International Student Division (ISD) is notified at least five days prior to the students arrival, in order to arrange for the students to be picked up and properly greeted at the airport. The student should arrive at the Lawton Municipal Airport, Monday – Friday during duty hours, 0730-1700 hrs. This will ensure sufficient time for students to be properly in-processed and enable ISD to issue ID, Medical Cards and ECL Examinations, etc. Ensure IMET students have enough money to sustain them for one month. IMET students must be in the U.S. for 30 days prior to being paid.

All IMET students must be housed in the Bachelor Officer’s Quarters (BOQ), Building 5676 and 5678. The room rate is $52.50 per day. This includes TV, cablevision, telephone, microwave refrigerator, coffee pot and maid service.

IMET students are discouraged from bringing their dependents. However, if you do bring your spouse, They can stay with you in the BOQ at an additional charge of $5 per day. No children are allowed in the BOQ.

There is a limited number of one bedroom apartments on Fort Sill. The cost is $60 a day, plus an additional charge of $5 for a spouse, $5 for children one year and over, infants under one year are free, and each additional adult is $8.

Statements of non-availability will not be issued.

Students being paid under the IMET program will receive $21.80 a day for meals/incidentals. Billeting is direct billed. Students being paid under the IMET program must live in the BOQ or forfeit their billeting payment.

Students with families can stay in the Geronimo Guest House at $60 per night.

For FMS students with families: Off post apartment rental is approximately $400-$550 per month for one bedroom, $550-$700 per month for a two bedroom. Deposits will be $200-$300. In most cases the deposit is returned after the apartment is cleaned and inspected by management and no damage is found.

Utilities: Electric, Gas, Water, Cablevision. (Depends on the apartment selected.)
Telephone installation fee is $70 plus tax (this is a one time charge). Monthly rates will be approximately $30 a month for local telephone service. Long distance is an extra charge and very expensive. You choose your long distance service provider.

Request arrival information be sent at least 5 days prior to students arrival in country. Students should arrive Monday-Friday 0730-1700 hrs.

Students must be ticketed to the Lawton/Fort Sill Airport; which is located approximately 20 minutes from Fort Sill.

When you arrive at the Lawton Airport you will be met by a representative of the International Student Division (ISD). If you arrive and a representative is not at the airport to meet you, please go to the Lawton Airport Military Assistance Desk and ask the sergeant on duty to notify the ISD.

Students arriving by car during normal duty hours (0730-1700 Monday-Friday) should drive directly to the ISD office, Building 5690 Geronimo Road, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. If you arrive after duty hours, please check in Lodging in building 5676 (Aultman Hall), and come to ISD at 0900 Hrs of the next workday.

There is public transportation in the Lawton/Fort Sill area. Taxi service is available. The cost for one person, one way, to or from the Airport and Lodging is $10. A taxi in and around Fort Sill is $3.

The Lawton Area Transportation System is $1 per ride. A schedule will be given to each IMS during inprocessing.

ISD transports students to class the first day only. After the first day it is the students responsibility to get to and from their classes.

Students purchasing a car: The cost of a used automobile depends on the year and condition of the vehicle. Additional charges include a Title Transfer Fee of - $25, Title Fee - $15 and Excise Tax. Excise Tax is based on the total delivery price and year of the car. Insurance (liability only) is approximately $800 for six months. Gasoline prices are approximately $2.70 per gallon. You are required to have a valid driver’s license and insurance while operating a vehicle.

Students must take a copy of their ITO and a U.S.-Issued Military ID Card to any appointments.

Reynolds Army Hospital, Building 4300

Dental Care:
Fort Sill provides emergency dental care only.

Uniform Requirements:
Sufficient number (minimum of three) of National Military uniforms.
Dress Uniform equivalent to the Army Class A/Class B.
Minimum of three sets of native rank.

Ensure passport and visa expiration dates extend at least three months beyond the course completion date.

To enroll children in the local public schools, you must have the child’s birth certificate, documentation from the child’s last attended school and immunization records.

Before departing for the United States, exchange some of your currency for US dollars. Currency can also be exchanged at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.


Upon arrival at the Lawton Municipal Airport the ISD will pick up student and take him/her to the Fort Sill Lodging for room assignment. In processing will begin the next work day at 0800.

Day One:
Complete Student Packets
Issue Identification Card

Day Two:
ISD Brief
Administer English Language Comprehension Test

Day Three:
Issue Retainable Issue Materials (RIMS)
Issue TA-50 (if applicable)


International Travel Orders (Ensure proper spelling of name and correct rank equivalent per country and US)
Travel vouchers (English)
International Drivers License or current Country License (if POV is to be purchased)
Enough funds for 30 days
Ensure IMS passport is valid throughout his/her stay in the United States


IAW the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety an Oklahoma license is not required for a nonresident who is at least sixteen (16) years of age who is properly licensed in his home state or country to operate a commercial or noncommercial motor vehicle.
IMS should bring his/her international driver’s license with them.
ISD will give IMS a local driver’s test, which they must pass in order to be able to get a license translated.
Oklahoma requires all vehicles to be insured with a minimum of liability insurance.
Vehicle must be able to pass a local inspection.
IMS must register his/her POV though the Fort Sill Military Police.


Fort Sill requires all motorcycle operators to pass a motorcycle safety driver’s test before they can operate a motorcycle on post.


IMET students will return to their country in the most efficient and quickest route available through government travel vouchers in accordance with government Joint Travel Regulation.
IMET students may not make their own reservations unless they are paying for their own return airline ticket.
All Identification card(s) and keys must be turned in to the ISD Admin Office prior to leaving Fort Sill.
BOQ must be cleared prior to departure from Fort Sill.
All accrued bills (telephone, cable, etc…), must be paid prior to departure.
ISD will transport students to the Lawton Municipal Airport (LMA). (If departing from other than LMA, IMS will need to arrange for transportation.)


Leave Policy
IMS may take leave after completion of training provided it was arranged and approved by IMS country. ISD will not approve any leaves for IMS. All leave must be approved by IMS country.