Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course 2019 schedule and prerequisites


Location: 6500 MAPES ROAD, FT MEADE, MD


Class Schedule FY: 2019



Report Date

Start Date

End Date

Class Type


25 Oct 2018

30 Oct 2018

05 Feb 2019



08 Nov 2018

14 Nov 2018

20 Feb 2019



02 Jan 2019

07 Jan 2019

28 Mar 2019



06 Feb 2019

11 Feb 2019

03 May 2019



01 Mar 2019

06 Mar 2019

28 May 2019



02 Apr 2019

05 Apr 2019

28 Jun 2019



07 May 2019

10 May 2019

07 Aug 2019



29 May 2019

03 Jun 2019

27 Aug 2019



21 Nov 2018

26 Nov 2018

01 Mar 2019



Course Description

This course will prepare graduates to perform skills as entry level public affairs specialists. This course teaches students how to interact with command and key publics, and prepare and disseminate information in accordance with applicable directives. This course includes instruction in: theories, concepts and principles of public affairs; various research methods and fundamentals of journalism; basic operation of the digital camera and photojournalism skills.


Prerequisites for Course DINFOS-BPASC

Verifiable Prerequisites

There are no Prerequisites in the Verifiable Prerequisites section. See other sections.


Prerequisite Courses

There are no Prerequisites in the Prerequisite Courses section. See other sections.

Text Prerequisites  

Attending service members must meet the following Service specific requirements for enrollment: Requests for waiver of prerequisites must be routed through the appropriate career field manager to the DINFOS Commandant and must be approved prior to student's arrival for training.


U.S. Army:

Soldiers must meet prerequisites outlined in 611-21


Must be a high school graduate or have high school equivalency


Minimum of 2 years of High School English


Minimum GT score of 107


Type 20 WPM


Minimum physical profile of 211121


Meet height and weight standards I AW AR 600-9


Pass APFT prior to graduation

U.S. Navy:

Enlisted: E1 through E5;


minimum GT score of 109

U.S. Air Force:

Enlisted: E1 thro ugh E6

U. S. Marine Corps:

minimum GT score of 110;


Enlisted: E1 through E5;


minimum VE score of 45. This is non-waiverable.

U.S. Coast Guard:

Enlisted: E3 through E6;


auxiliary PAO with service chief approval;


ASVAB requirement of minimum VE+AR=109 and minimum VE score of 54;


type minimum of 20 wpm.


GS-05 and above.


If below GS-05, the requester must be a high school graduate or have a certificate of equivalency.


Due to the extensive amount of writing required for the course, international students must have a comprehensive understanding of English language usage, grammar and syntax.


Students must score an 85 on the English Comprehension Level (ECL) test and be able to type. These requirements cannot be waived.