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Defense Information School

The Defense Information School (DINFOS) is a component of the DoD’s Defense Media Activity, located at Fort George G. Meade, Md. The school trains DoD civilian, international military, and interagency students in variety of subject areas including public affairs, print journalism, photography, video production, broadcast journalism, broadcast equipment maintenance, and various forms of graphic design and digital media.

DINFOS maintains national accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education (COE). In addition, the American Council on Education (ACE) reviews DINFOS courses for college credit recommendations, assisting students with their civilian education goals and providing an external validation of the school’s rigorous training programs.

For the last 55 years, DINFOS has trained communicators across the DOD to help their organizations achieve strategic and operational goals through applied public affairs strategies and visual information products.

Our mission is to grow and sustain a corps of professional organizational communicators who fulfill the communication needs of the military services, government leaders and audiences.


DINFOS was established as a joint-training environment at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. in 1965. Many of the disciplines taught at DINFOS were established as early as 1923.

Visit our History section for more information on our background as a DoD institution of learning.

DINFOS trains approximately 2600 students annually, and has trained more than 1,000 international students from over 75 countries.

If you're a prospective DINFOS student or want to know more about inprocessing, visit our Student Info section.

There are 19 different courses taught at DINFOS by two training directorates. Courses can last from 5 to 124 days.

Learn more about our courses, including schedules and descriptions, by visiting our Course Catalog.