Sponsorship Program

An important part of your training as an International Military Student (IMS) is learning about the American people and our multi-faceted culture. Your assignment here creates an opportunity for citizens of the Lawton-Fort Sill community to show you genuine American hospitality as well as the many cultural and historic points of interest that Southwestern Oklahoma has to offer. You will be assigned both civilian and military/in-class sponsors. This is the foundation of the Sponsorship Program.

The Civilian Sponsorship Program is administered in large part by the Lawton/Fort Sill International Military Students Organization (L/FSIMSO). The L/FSIMSO and its director work with, but independently of, the International Student Division (ISD) at Fort Sill.

Military/in-class sponsors are U.S. students in your classroom assigned by your instructor. This particular sponsor will assist you with practical matters regarding your coursework and other requirements. He can help you better understand your weekly training schedule and he can help answer other academic questions you may have.

Assignment of IMS to sponsors is based on several criteria: country of preference; marital status of IMS; sponsor’s availability during student’s training tenure, and other considerations. Sponsors are encouraged to include students in activities which both parties find enjoyable and rewarding. These activities could be musical concerts, movies or stage shows, sporting events, festivals and fairs. The relationship can be described as a "Win-Win" situations for both you the student and your sponsor.

Field Studies Program

GOAL - To ensure that International Military Students return to their homelands with an understanding of the responsibilities of governments, militaries, and citizens to protect, preserve and respect the rights of every individual.

This goal is accomplished through the following tours, activities and events planned by the International Student Division:


Lawton/Fort Sill Orientation Tour: Students may meet the Mayor of Lawton, take a tour of the local newspaper, Cameron University, observe Court in session at the Comanche County Courthouse. Students also meet with the Lawton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, take a tour of the AAFES Security Office at the Fort Sill PX, and physical fitness areas at Fort Sill. Ten tours annually.

ATC (Army Training Center) Tour: Students are briefed by the 434th XO. Tour the 95th AG Replacement Battalion, and the Reception Station for new recruits. Observe Weaponery Training, M16 qualification range and live fire exercises. Seven tours annually.

Dallas, Texas Tour: Students are taken on a 3-4 day tour of the Dallas-Forth Worth area. Activities include the Sixth Floor Museum where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, North Texas Food Bank, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Fort Worth Stockyards. Five trips annually.

Oklahoma City Tour: A tour of the Oklahoma State Capital. The Oklahoma Cowboy Hall of Fame and Heritage Center, The National Memorial, Oklahoma Historical Center, the National Weather Service, and The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Oklahoma campus. Three-day trips, five times a year.

Know Your World/Passport to the World Presentations: Through this forum, students brief ISD, the members of the Lawton and Fort Sill communities and their fellow students about life in their home countries. The presentations are very informal, and generally lead to comparative discussion about the students’ native country and the United States. These discussions frequently address economic, political and human rights issues. Held the third Thursday of every month, except November and December.

Hospitality Day: The members of the L/FSIMSO and some of our sponsors bring in baked goods for the students. This promotes good public relations with the Lawton community. Held the second Wednesday of every month, except December.

Crest Ceremonies: Students are presented the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence Crest upon completion of their course. Fellow classmates, sponsors and instructors are invited to this noontime event. Refreshments are served. Held the day of Graduation for each course.

Washington DC Tour (CCC Course Only): Tour for CCC students only. Demonstrates the history and all aspects of the United States of America. Students tour monuments, museums, attend briefings and discussions with regional officers at the Pentagon, attend a Congressional Luncheon and a reception in their honor.