Registrar and Admissions

Please review the following information from the Registrar regarding enrolling and taking courses at DINFOS.

If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact the Registrar and Quota Management or Academics Division.

Course Eligibility

The school provides entry level and advanced training in public affairs, journalism, photojournalism, broadcasting, graphics, electronic imaging, broadcast systems maintenance, video production and visual information management. Instruction is provided to officers and enlisted personnel from all branches of the armed forces to prepare them for worldwide assignments within the Department of Defense.  U.S. civilian employees and international military and civilian students are also eligible to attend DINFOS. 


DINFOS operates on a fiscal year schedule from October 1st to September 30th. All courses offered after October 1st of a particular year are considered part of the next fiscal year.


The Defense Information School does not enroll students directly. All DoD, military and civilian students must be enrolled by their Service or Civilian Personnel/Training Office. Other federal agencies must enroll through their Education and Training Office. All International Military students are enrolled through Security Assistance Training Field Activity (SATFA). For additional information on international student enrollment, please use the Student Life link on the DINFOS homepage.


There is no tuition for military members or DoD civilians. All others will be calculated on a by-course basis, please contact the DINFOS Registrar for additional information.

Waiver Procedures

DINFOS Commandant, Deputy Commandant or Director of Staff are the approval authorities on all Services’ waiver requests, also known as “Exception to Policy” requests.

Waivers are initiated & routed through the Services’ chain of command (Career Field or Quota Managers) and are sent directly to the Academic Records office. The final authority for personnel to attend DINFOS courses rests with DINFOS approval.

Waiver Type Suspense
Course Preresquisite Waiver NLT 30 working days prior to class start date
Voice Audition Waiver NLT 3 working days prior to class start date
GT Score Waiver NLT 3 working days prior to class start date

Absence Policy

You need to determine your priorities before arriving. The head of the Defense Information School has the authority to grant time off from class for important business and emergencies, for military students. Civilian student requests for absence will be coordinated with their supervisor. Each request is reviewed individually. Absences for non-emergency, personal reasons are not normally approved. Clear your schedule now.

Service Detachment Check-in

All students (civilian and uniformed) must in-process at their service detachment. It is the responsibility of the student to accomplish this check in. Prepare to receive more information from your faculty on day one regarding service detachment in processing. At minimum each detachment should receive a copy of the orders that you brought to the course.

First Day Expectations

You are to report to the Defense Information School, located at 6500 Mapes Road, and be in the classroom not later than 7:55 a.m. the first day of class. All students are expected to check in at billeting not later than the day prior to class.

Bring several copies of your orders. The first day begins with a welcome by the commandant and course coordinator along with in processing and small group introductions.

If you are an incoming student who has questions about uniform wear, location, time of reporting or other service related issues, please contact the appropriate student detachment listed on the Student Life page.

Exchange and Commissary Privileges

Only military ID cardholders are authorized to use Post Exchange and Commissary facilities.


For those who have a vehicle, student parking is in the parking lot across the street from the school (Zimborski Avenue) and also available behind the school building. You will use the student entrance off Zimborski Avenue. Once through the doors, check the television behind the front desk find the appropriate room.