Security Overseas Seminar (MQ911)

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

This two-day in-person 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
  • Cyber-Security
  • Detecting Surveillance
  • Overseas Residential and Road Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Counterintelligence
  • Hostage Survival
  • Evacuations 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: $560                Non-State Tuition Family Rate: $580
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 for children in grades 2-12, during the following summer MQ911 Seminars: June 25-26, July 9-10, July 23-24, and August 6-7.

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

The FSI Office of the Registrar must receive written notice of cancellation five workdays before the course begins.
Email the Registrar's Office at or call 703-302-7144.

Questions/Additional Information
Contact the Security Training team if you have any questions or for additional information. | 703-302-7274


FY 2018 Dates

October 2–3
October 16–17
November 13–14
December 4–5
January 8-9
January 22–23
February 12-13
March 5–6
March 19-20
April 2–3
April 16–17
May 7–8
May 21–22
June 4–5
June 25-26
July 9-10
July 23-24
August 6-7
August 20-21
September 17-18

FY 2019 Dates

October 1–2
October 15–16
November 5–6
December 3–4
January 7–8
January 28–29
February 11–12
March 4–5
March 18–19
April 1–2
April 15–15
May 6–7
May 20–21
June 10–11
June 24–25
July 15–16
July 22–23
August 5–6
August 26–27
September 16–17







Virtual Resource Table

State Department Resources

  • SOS Guidebook (PDF): Download the SOS Guidebook for a page-by-page guide of the two-day seminar. Take this guidebook with you to Post for quick reference to SOPs, important phone numbers and emails, and security protocols.
  • State Department Office of the Historian: Includes country-specific guides and information on U.S. diplomatic relations.
  • Travel Alerts & Warnings: Travel Alerts are issued for short-term events we think you should know about when planning travel to a country. Travel Warnings are issued to strongly consider the risk in going to a country, if you should go at all. Examples for giving a Travel Warning are civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks.
  • Smart Traveler Enrollment Program – The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Internet Resources

  • Stay Safe Online – Information for parents on mobile parental controls, cyber bullying, teaching online safety.


  • External Security Resources
  • The Gift of Fear: In this highly recommended empowering book, Gavin de Becker shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger-before it's too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including... how to act when approached by a stranger... when you should fear someone close to you... what to do if you are being stalked... how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls... the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person... and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.
  • Once You're At Post (PDF): Informational checklist for your personal security upon arriving at Post. Helps in developing questions to ask your RSO at your initial security briefing.

The information provided is for informational purposes only and in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Department of State. Links to websites outside the U.S. federal government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names are for the convenience of the user and do not constitute an official endorsement or approval of any private sector website, product, service, or privacy policy.