Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department (BOMD)

The Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department (BOMD) provides training in two disciplines of study: Broadcast Maintenance, and Broadcast Operations.

The BOMD uses The DINFOS Broadcast Writing Style Guide to highlight several key broadcast writing principles. The DINFOS guide is based on a number of broadcast texts, most notably Merv Block's "Writing Broadcast News--Shorter, Sharper, Stronger." To provide comments on the style guide, contact the Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department Academic Director by email or by phone at 1-301-677-3188. Former students seeking assistance from BOMD instructors can contact the Academic Director by email or by phone at 1-301-677-3188, DSN 622-3188.


Course Information

The BOMD offers the following courses. Click on the course link for the Training Program of Instruction (TPI), including the course description, duration, and functional areas.


BCS Prerequisites

Broadcast Communication Specialist (BCS) - The Voice Analysis (VA) is required for Marines and Airmen prior to attending BCS. The VA helps ensure prospective students can be trained as broadcast announcers in the limited time available during DINFOS training. All Marine Corps and Air Force broadcast candidates - active duty, National Guard or reserve - must pass a Voice Analysis before they can be enrolled in the Broadcast Communication Specialist (BCS) course. Since the Voice Analysis is an official academic prerequisite and cannot be self-administered, recruiters, PA specialists, or retraining NCOs must contact the Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department Academic Director by email or by phone at 1-301-677-3188, DSN 622-3188, for the DINFOS Voice Analysis script.
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BCS Basics

The following training videos cover the basics of the electronic journalism craft (requires Windows Media Player).

  • Foundations of Photojournalism (27.5 MB)
    This is the cornerstone of the set and covers the basics, including shot composition, aesthetics, sequences, audio collection, steady video and other principles that are considered the building blocks for shooters and editors.
  • Start to Finish (15.9 MB)
    In this video we segment the process of how to tell a story from start to finish. What makes a story good and how to approach it.
  • Axis and Continuity (11.3 MB)
    What is the 180 degree rule? In this video, we discuss what the axis is and how to maintain continuity in screen direction.
  • Lighting (11.9 MB)
    Let there be light! Yes, light can be a great thing, and you should not fear lighting for the video - you should embrace it! This project revisits the purpose of light, color, temperature and effect lighting so lighting can be fun and easy for everyone.
  • Depth of Field (12.8 MB)
    What is Depth of Field and why is it important? In this video, we discuss camera-to-subject distance settings, and explore some of the tools on the camera that allow you to affect the aperture.