International Detachment - Course Information

There are 17 DINFOS courses open to international military and civilian students. The courses cover areas such as Public Affairs, Graphic Arts, Photography, Photojournalism, Broadcasting, Videography, Multimedia and Broadcast Maintenance.

Courses range from 1-28 weeks in duration, and most require 85 English Comprehension Level (ECL), and a 2+/2 Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). The courses available to international military and civilian students are listed below.

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Broadcast Operations and Maintenance:

Basic Television Equipment Maintenance (BTVEM)  This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of electronics, instruction and training on direct and alternating current principles, solid-state fundamentals, including transistor amplifier theory, digital principles, and basic soldering techniques. Students then apply these basic electronic concepts to the maintenance and repair of broadcast television and radio equipment. At the conclusion of this course, the graduate will be able to use audiovisual equipment to monitor, troubleshoot. and repair computers, television cameras, videotape recorders, audio systems, broadcast studios, automated audio and visual equipment, as well as transmission systems. Additionally, graduates will be able to set-up and maintain Video Teleconferencing Systems. This course is designed for entry-level service members and is an MOS producing course.

Broadcast Communication Specialist (BCS)  The graduate is prepared to perform skills in video documentation and broadcast journalism. In Functional Area 1, the apprentice communicator is introduced to the basics of Public Affairs and can: interact with command, community and media representatives; and prepare and release information to report news and command information, among other tasks. In Functional Area 2 and 3, the graduate is prepared to write and announce broadcast news and spot information pieces. The graduate has learned voice dynamics and developed broadcast voice delivery skills for radio and video production. In Functional Area 4, the apprentice communicator is able to deliver various radio shows, including news and music, and has examined the principles of recording and editing. Functional Area 5 and 6 expose the graduate to basic video shooting and editing, lighting skills, and captioning, and studio operations, as well as more complex tasks such as spot and documentary production. In Functional Area 7, the graduate applies Public Affairs training, along with video production skills, to produce news stories for television, internal information dissemination, and prepare for satellite transmission. Special Information: The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps require the submission of a voice analysis before reservations are made. The Voice Analysis is an official academic prerequisite and cannot be self-administered. Therefore, recruiters, PA specialists, or retraining NCO's must contact the Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department Academic Director or by phone at 301-677-3188 for a copy of the VA script. Voice Analysis instructions will accompany the script and are also available separately on the DINFOS website - Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department.

Broadcast Management (BMC)  The student exercises knowledge and skills necessary to perform duties as a broadcast manager. Emphasis is placed on broadcast operations to effectively serve command and community needs. Organizational, supervisory, and evaluation skills are developed to prepare the new manager to succeed in static or deployable station operational environments for delivery of programs and products primarily within the American Forces Radio and Television Service network.

Electronic Journalism (EJC)  The Electronic Journalism Course places emphasis on the principles and techniques needed to produce television news and spots. The students learn writing for Electronic Journalism (EJ); voice-over and stand-ups; news coverage; operation of video camera systems; lighting; and editing.


Public Affairs:

Basic Public Affairs Specialist (BPASC) The graduate is prepared to perform skills as a military journalist (supervised). The successful student can interact with command, community and media, and prepare and release information to report news and command information in accordance with applicable directives. This apprentice has studied and practiced theory, concepts and principles of public affairs, media relations and community relations. The student has applied various research methods and fundamentals of journalism to include acceptable media English as it applies to news writing with emphasis on style, format and techniques, and practiced basic operation of the digital camera and photojournalism skills. This graduate has successfully written newspaper leads, headlines, news and feature stories, and practiced publication design and layout.

Content Management (CMC)  The graduate is prepared to perform the duties of an editor/content manager of all communication products. The course covers the application of the latest techniques and theory from military and civilian experts in layout and design, journalism, imagery, graphics and Internet-based capabilities. It provides experienced military communicators with advanced instruction in determining and refining content, designing attractive and functional products, coaching writers and photographers, making ethical decisions, and staff management. Students receive comprehensive training in adapting techniques through publication redesigns and critiques. This course will culminate in an improvement presentation. Special Information: If applicable, students should bring 20 paper copies of the latest issue of the print or electronic publication they work on or contribute to, excluding special or anniversary issues. If applicable, bring the editorial policy statement, and the most recent readership survey and results. If applicable, students should have a working knowledge of desktop publishing software. Individuals not meeting course prerequisites must obtain a written waiver, coordinated through their service training officers/managers/detailers, from the DINFOS commandant prior to enrollment. Quota managers requesting waivers must coordinate training seats after waivers are granted.

Intermediate Photojournalism (IPC) Primary emphasis is placed on training photographers and journalists in established communication theories and practices of intermediate photojournalism. Graduates will be able to effectively combine the understanding of theory with practical application to better communicate the commander's intent. Areas of instruction include communication theory (visual I written), the interrelationships of writing and photography, news and feature writing, layout and design principles, intermediate photographic techniques; including electronic imaging, desktop publishing, digital cameras, image transmission, and archiving.

Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist (IPASC) The students will be instructed on the higher level of public affairs activities required in a Joint/Deployed environment, including ethical norms and considerations, communications management and evaluation (to include civilian enterprise or CE contracts), and website requirements, use and assessment.


Public Affairs Leadership:

Joint Contingency Public Affairs (JCPA)
  The graduate will study and practice planning and execution of public affairs operations unique to an expeditionary environment. With an emphasis on operational planning and integration on a joint staff, this course reinforces basic and intermediate skills within the context of an expeditionary mission. Candidates who will benefit most from this course are those with minimum to no experience on a deployed joint staff.

Joint Intermediate Public Affairs (JIPAC)  The JIPAC provides the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a public affairs practitioner at the operational level. The scope of this training includes classroom discussion, guest speakers, and field trips.

Joint Senior Public Affairs (JSPAC) The Joint Senior Public Affairs Course provides a capstone experience for senior public affairs leaders within the Department of Defense and U.S. government agencies. Students will explore and refine their role as senior communication counselors and strategic planners through panel and guided discussions with senior leader mentors, distinguished guest speakers, staff rides, and a series of case studies and group/ individual exercises.

Visual Information Management (VIM) The Visual Information Management Course provides in-depth training in the duties required to manage a visual information activity. Students apply pertinent doctrine and policy during seminars and practical exercises to the management of a VI activity. Subjects covered are: ethics, functions of a VI activity, procedures for producing VI productions, VI records management, personnel issues, the budgeting process, equipment/supply management, contracting for services, customer relations, deploying VI assets, strategic planning and an overview of the visual information process within the Department of Defense and its component Services, as well as the future of VI.

Public Affairs Qualification (PAQC) The course material is organized into the following eight Functional Areas: Theory and Doctrine; Community Relations; Internal Information; Multimedia; Media Relations; Communication Skills; Public Affairs Operations and a capstone Operations Support Exercise. The material presented within each functional area builds a progressive format, which exposes students to essential foundational knowledge, and builds upon that knowledge through a series of case studies, assigned readings, guided discussions, and practical applications. Each functional area stresses the importance that public affairs practitioners in the DOD must maintain a high standard of integrity. The student assignments and exercises require the student to draw on learned knowledge and skills developed in previous lessons and apply critical thinking skills to achieve high goals in continuing assignments. The course culminates in a three (3) day final exercise in simulated military operations environment requiring the student to apply skills from knowledge and proficiencies gained throughout the course in order to perform the basic duties of a military public affairs professional. Special Information: Requests for waiver of prerequisites must be routed through the appropriate career field manager to the DINFOS Commandant and must be approved prior to the student's acceptance into training. 

Public Affairs Course for International Students (PACIS)  This course provides basic public affairs knowledge and skills to military and civilian personnel from partner nations. Through lectures, demonstrations, performance exercises, case studies, assigned readings, field trips and guest speakers, students will acquire a foundation in the latest public affairs concepts, tools and strategies that will be transferable to each nation's military public affairs efforts. Emphasis will be placed on designing and teaching the curriculum in a culture-neutral manner.


Visual Communications:

Basic Multimedia Illustrator (BMIC)  The scope of training of this course provides military and selected civilian personnel with training that will develop the basic skills of manual illustration and design, including application of the fundamentals of realistic drawing; principles of design and layout; fundamentals of color theory; color media; perspective; and fundamentals of typography. Students learn about safety and security procedures in a graphics shop, preparation of imagery for accessioning as well as archiving. All students learn to operate a computer to use graphic design software, including vector, raster-based/ image editing, as well as page layout, presentation, web authoring and animation software to conceive and create visual products for use in a broad range of areas. Industry standard software is utilized to help students learn to create everything from logos and posters to page layouts for print production and designs for web sites. Students develop a strong foundation in design in order to produce traditional 2-D formats for traditional size output, considerations for large format output, as well as HTML scripting, designing graphics for the screen, Web site development using current applications, operating systems, network technology, and web animation. Training also includes using electronic scanning to convert analog products for use in digital graphic and multimedia design, as well as basics of color management in the digital design and production process. Students will output hard copy product to black and white and color printers, as well as large format color printers. Students create presentations, learn to use digital audio and video software, create a web site, create animation and produce an interactive multimedia project.

Basic Still Photography (BSP) The BSP course provides instruction in theory and application of photographic fundamentals, captioning, optics, light sources, camera operations for controlled and uncontrolled photography, exposing, processing, and printing color images. Electronic imaging with digital cameras, imaging and graphic software, image transmission, archiving, and editing are trained in theory and hands-on applications for documentation and communicating DoD themes and messages

Digital Multimedia (DMC)  DMC provides intermediate level training in the knowledge and skills needed to create and integrate text, graphics, sound, animation and full-motion video into multimedia and web-based packages. The course includes instruction in the operation of computer systems, input devices and output devices to acquire, edit, design, manage, output, and archive digital imaging, graphic design and multimedia files. Students use software to create, manage and render the following: composite photographic layouts, graphic designs, page layouts, video productions, web pages and interactive multimedia solutions. The Digital Multimedia Course also includes theoretical and working instruction of computer fundamentals and functions, communications, color theory, and the principles and implementation of color management. DoD policies and instructions relative to ethics and use of computer generated and edited images are emphasized. Special Information: The Registrar & Quota Management Office will verify that students meet prerequisites via a Digital Multimedia Course Prerequisite Verification Letter. This Verification Letter is required to complete the registration process. Prerequisites for the DMC course are non-waiverable and must be verified and approved before a seat in the DMC course can be reserved.

Video Production and Documentation (VPD)  The Video Production and Documentation course provides training to selected enlisted personnel in the principles, techniques, and skills required to perform the duties and functions of production and combat documentation specialists. This course provides training in the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required for visual information production assignments supporting video documentation of training and operations, public affairs, joint operations, and studio missions throughout the Armed Forces. The scope of training includes the operation of the digital video camera, lighting equipment, the principles of framing and composition, camera placement, audio and video editing, visualization, storytelling, and a working knowledge of audio and video applications for television electronic field production and studio operations.