Public Affairs Qualification Course

Course: DINFOS-PAQC

Course Description:

The Public Affairs Qualification Course provides entry-level public affairs training for the Department of Defense, U.S. government agencies and selected foreign military communication professionals. Instruction focuses on the foundational elements of the communication planning process; principles and techniques associated with implementing effective communication strategies; and the process involved in integrating communication into military planning and operations.


Location: 6500 MAPES ROAD, FT MEADE, MD

Class Schedule FY20:

Class

Report Date

Start Date

End Date

Class Type

010

06-Oct-2019

07-Oct-2019

13-Dec-2019

Resident

020

13-Jan-2020

14-Jan-2020

20-Mar-2020

Resident

030

06-Apr-2020

07-Apr-2020

12-Jun-2020

Resident

040

13-Jul-2020

14-Jul-2020

18-Sep-2020

Resident

 

Class Schedule FY21:

Class

Report Date

Start Date

End Date

Class Type

010

12-Oct-2020

13-Oct-2020

18-Dec-2020

Resident

020

11-Jan-2021

12-Jan-2021

19-Mar-2021

Resident

030

05-Apr-2021

06-Apr-2021

11-Jun-2021

Resident

040

12-Jul-2021

13-Jul-2021

17-Sep-2021

Resident

 

Text Prerequisites:

U.S. Army

 

Officer:

  • O-1 through O-4
  • O-1 must have completed Officer Basic Course before submitting into ATRRS.
  • Must meet height and weight standard IAW AR 600-9.
  • Must pass Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) prior to graduation.

Enlisted Active:

  • E-7 through E-8
  •  Must have completed required PME level; validated by APAC; control branch 46.

Enlisted NGB:

  • E-8 through E-9
  •  Non-control branch 46 filling valid CMF 46 position; endorsed by NGB, validated by APAC.

Enlisted USAR:

  • E-8 through E-9
  •  Non-control branch 46 filling valid CMF 46 position; endorsed by USAR, validated by APAC.

Civilian:

  • GS-7 and above
  • Civilian employees assigned to CP22
  •  APAC is approving authority for Army waivers.

U.S. Air Force

 

Officer:

  • O-1 through O-5
  • Officer must have 35X- Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC).

Enlisted:

  • E-7 through E-9 - Enlisted must have 3N0XX AFSC, with Secretary of the Air Force/Public Affairs (SAF/PA) concurrence.

Civilian:

  • GS-7 and above -1001,1020, 1035, 1060, 1071 and 1084 series

U.S. Navy

 

Officer:

  • O-1 through O-4

Enlisted:

  • E-5 through E-9 - Enlisted must be a Mass Communication Specialist

Civilian:

  • GS-7 and above - Includes interns. All must be in a public affairs field (G S-1035, 1082, 1083, and 1087 or 0301 with CHINFO approval).

U.S. Marine Corps

 

Officer:

  • O-1 through O-4

Enlisted:

  • E-6 select and above - Must have Military Occupational Specialty 43XX, 45XX or 46XX.

Civilian

Civilian prerequisites are based on their billet description and authorization from HQMC PA.

U.S. Coast Guard:

 

  • Officer:

O-1 through O5 - Prerequisites are based on their billet description and authorization from Coast Guard 092.

  • Enlisted:

E-5 through E-8 - Prerequisites are based on their billet description and authorization from Coast Guard 092.

  • Civilian:

Must be a U.S Government employee working in PA career field (GS-1035).

International:

Students must have a solid understanding of the English language, usage, grammar and syntax. Students must score an 85 on the English Comprehension Level (ECL) test; have completed Specialized English Training (SET); obtain a score of 2+/2+ on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and have basic keyboard skills.

Interagency:

Must be U.S. Government employee working in the public affairs (PA) career field (GS-1035).

 

PAQC Training Program of Instruction

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