About DINFOS

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DEFENSE INFORMATION SCHOOL

The Defense Information School (DINFOS) is a component of the DoD’s Defense Media Activity. Its primary purpose is to train members of all branches of the United States military in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, public affairs, and visual information. In addition, selected Department of Defense civilians and international military personnel can attend DINFOS for many of its courses. There are 32 different courses taught at DINFOS, and the courses can last from 5 to 124 days. DINFOS trains approximately 3,200 students annually, and has trained more than 1,000 international students from over 75 countries.


DINFOS is a United States Department of Defense School located at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Members from all branches of the U.S. military, DOD civilians and international military personnel attend the school for training in public affairs, print journalism, photojournalism, photography, television and radio broadcasting, lithography, equipment maintenance and various forms of multimedia.

Our Mission and Values

The mission of DINFOS is simple: to grow and sustain a corps of professional organizational communicators who fulfill the communication needs of the military and government leaders and audiences. DINFOS has a long-standing mission of producing outstanding Public Affairs and Visual Information personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Our Vision

DINFOS is recognized as a premier learning institution vital to organizational communication success across the Department of Defense.


Our Values

Integrity, Excellence and Commitment.

  • Integrity is a character trait. It requires that we do and say nothing that deceives others. It is the willingness to do what is right even when no one is looking. It is the “moral compass”—the inner voice; the voice of self-control; the basis for the trust that is essential in today’s military.
  • Excellence directs us to develop a sustained passion for the continuous improvement and innovation that will propel DINFOS into a long-term, upward vector of accomplishment and performance.
  • Commitment tells us that professional duties take precedence over personal desires. DINFOS values the commitment of each team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the effort.

Our Strategic Goals

  1. Deliver total professional development support to organizational communicators throughout their careers.
  2. Sustain DINFOS as an accredited Department of Defense Public Affairs/Visual Information training center and a highly sought-after assignment for faculty and staff.
  3. Improve the DINFOS infrastructure to support the training mission.