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Prerequisite Courses

Students must have graduated from one of these courses:

DINFOS-JSPAC, DINFOS-JSEPAC, DINFOS-IPASC, DINFOS-PAOQC, DINFOS-PAQC, or DINFOS PAQCADL-NR/R and within the following grade range by service:

Service Requirements

U.S. Army:

Officer - O-3 to O-5

Enlisted - E-6 and above (Must have completed required PME level)

Civilians - GS-11 to GS-14, 1035, 0301 (strategic communications positions) and 1001 series with Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) and APAC approval.

U.S. Air Force:

Officer - O-2 to O-5

Enlisted - E-5 through E-9, enlisted personnel that have not graduated from courses listed above must submit a waiver request and be a graduate of either DINFOS-BCC, DINFOS-BPAS-W, DINFOS-BPASC, DINFOS-BPASC-ADL-NR/R, or DINFOS-BSP.

Civilian - GS-11 to GS14

U.S. Navy:

Officer - O-1 to O-5 and must have a minimum of one-year public affairs experience.

Enlisted - E-5 through E-9 (MC rating)

Civilians - GS-11 to GS-14 and must be in the 1035 series and have a minimum of three years public affairs experience.

U.S. Marine Corps:

Officer - O-1 to O-4

Enlisted - E-5 through E-9

Civilians - Not open to civilians

U.S. Coast Guard:

Officer - W-2 to O-5

Enlisted - E-7 through E-9

Civilians - GS-11 to GS-14

International:

International students attending this course must have an English Comprehension Level (ECL) of 85, obtain a 2+/2+ on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and possess basic typing skills. Students requesting enrollment must be O-4's or senior O-3's and graduates of the DINFOS PAQC, DINFOS PAOQC or AFIS PAOC, with a minimum of one-year experience as a PAO. Students must have a solid understanding of English language usage, grammar and syntax.

Interagency:

Must be in a GS 1035 position at a grade of GS-11-15, with a minimum of five years’ experience as a public affairs officer.