*Updated Oct. 28, 2021*

The Defense Information School continues to closely monitor news and information concerning the local and global health situation around the outbreak of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease. 

Based on DOD travel restrictions updated for 2021, DINFOS continues to conduct required initial occupational MOS or qualification training.

Restriction of Movement (ROM)

Like other Service and DoD training institutions, the Defense Information School (DINFOS) has had to adjust operations over the past year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we resume in-residence training, DINFOS will host students from various states and countries; we must ensure the health and safety of all our students, staff and faculty. Based on current health conditions, and in coordination with Fort Meade leadership, public health experts, and Service directives, DINFOS will require some students to report early for a Restriction of Movement (ROM) and COVID-19 test.

Restriction of Movement (ROM) is defined as limiting movement of an individual or group to prevent or diminish the transmission of a communicable disease, including limiting ingress and egress to, from, or on a military installation; and may include isolation; quarantine and conditional release.

The pre-course portion of the ROM will also include a COVID-19 test which must come back negative prior to the student starting class. 

If you are scheduled to attend DINFOS' initial entry training (IET) courses - Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course (BTVEM) and Mass Communication Foundations Course (MFC) - please consult the ROM Letter instructions below. 

If you are scheduled to attend any other DINFOS courses (outside BTVEM and MFC) - please consult the general ROM Letter instructions below. 

Additional Course Information

DINFOS continues to hold the following courses:

- Broadcast Television and Equipment Maintenance*

- Mass Communication Foundations Course*

- MCF-Visual Documentation

- MCF - Visual Documentation - Photography

- MCF - Visual Documentation - Videography

- MCF - Broadcast Journalism

- MCF - Writing

*These courses have a mandated 14-day restriction of movement (ROM) prior to the class report date. Contact student's service detachments for more information. 

- Combat Camera Leadership Course (will be conducted as distance learning)

A list of the rest of our current courses can be found on our Course Catalog page, here.

2021 Course Updates

In residence:

Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course (BTVEM) 040, 050
14-day ROM - see course page for start dates

Mass Communication Foundations Course (MCF) iterations 190 – 290
14-day ROM - see course page for start dates

MCF Graphic Design 050, 060
8-day ROM - see course page for start dates

MCF Visual Documentation 050, 060
8-day ROM - see course page for start dates

DINFOS will continue to coordinate with our Service partners to make a determination on other FY21 schedule changes as DoD guidance is received. The situation remains fluid, and we’ll do our best to keep our staff, faculty, students and the rest of the field informed on future changes.


As health and safety conditions force us to adjust our operations, our priorities at DINFOS remain 100 percent aligned with the Department of Defense:

1) Protect service members and their families
2) Safeguard mission capabilities
3) Support the interagency.

Funding for lodging and per diem during the 8-day self-monitoring period should be covered by the individual Service training command or the member’s home unit.

CONUS travel may require a 14-day self-monitoring period. 

For inquiries, please email: registrar@dinfos.edu.