Prior Service students should report one day prior to the course start date. If arriving from an overseas location, students can arrive up to two days prior to the course start date. In-processing for all PS students for the Defense Information School is the first day of your course at 7:30 a.m., at the main DINFOS campus (6500 Mapes Road, Fort Meade, MD 20755). Check in at the staff duty desk inside the student entrance for your class location and course in-processing instructions.
All PS students must in-process the detachment, which is located at 8478 6th Armored Cav Rd., Ft. Meade, MD, 20755, during their first week of class. In-processing is conducted at the detachment at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students must attend the first opportunity available to ensure proper accountability (e.g., if your course starts on a Monday, you must attend in-processing on Tuesday). Please bring a copy of your orders and/or your RIP. Please call one of the numbers listed below if further guidance is needed. The Air Force detachment is here for enlisted and officer administrative needs as well as your established source for accountability purposes.
CSS: (301) 677-5982 / 5053
On-Call MTL: (301) 938-0790
Out-processing Detachment 2, 336th Training Squadron
When it is time to out-process, DINFOS will provide you with a checklist that requires you to acquire signatures from different agencies, to include the detachment.
All PS students must procure lodging in accordance with Air Education and Training Command and the Defense Travel Management Office, to include per diem rates and incidental expenses. As of May 1, 2013, lodging at Fort Meade is privatized; therefore a non-availability letter is not required. If you wish to secure lodging on Ft. Meade, call DSN: 622-5660 or COMM: 301-677-5660. Please keep in mind before scheduling off-base lodging that it is the member’s responsibility to ensure that they have transportation to and from school, and that these arrangements are made through your unit and finance office prior to your arrival at DINFOS.
According to the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), “[t]he Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) program is a partnership between the Army and private industry to improve the condition of on-post lodging facilities and provide for their long-term sustainment. The Army has initiated the program at 39 installations. Hotel rates at the converted facilities are at or below per diem for official travel. Government lodging converted to PAL will be developed into full service hotels and are no longer considered government lodging, making them exempt from travel regulations requiring statements of non-availability. Reservations can be booked at www.ihgarmyhotels.com or by calling 1-877-711-TEAM (1-877-711-8326).”
The new policy reduced per diem from 100 percent to 75 percent for TDYs from 31 to 180 days and to 55 percent for TDYs over 180 days. What this means is for a traveler whose TDY runs 31 to 180 days in length, the entire TDY per diem is paid at 75 percent. For a traveler whose TDY runs more than 180 days, the entire TDY per diem is paid at 55 percent.
A shuttle is available to all DINFOS students for transit between Army lodging, the PX, DINFOS, Kimbrough Ambulatory Medical Center, the ID Card Office, etc. The shuttle does not provide transportation to any off-base locations. The schoolhouse, dining facility, and the Air Force detachment are within walking distance of one another. It is recommended students bring a vehicle if they are staying off-base; however, authorization for rental vehicles must go through AETC Mission Readiness Training Program (MRTP) Special Authorizations (Commercial: 228-376-7005 DSN: 591-7005 Fax: 597-1210/Org Inbox: email@example.com); the detachment cannot authorize rental vehicles.
It is advised to bring at least one complete, serviceable set of ABUs, blues and service dress. The uniform for all Airmen attending DINFOS courses is ABUs. Additionally, all students must bring at least one set of blues to wear on the last Friday of the month, when all DINFOS military students, faculty, and staff wear the Class B uniform. For graduation, students will wear the uniform assigned by their DINFOS instructor(s). Additionally, some classes do require the wearing of PT gear and/or professional, appropriate civilian attire. Refer to AFI 36-2903 for the latest dress and appearance standards, as well as the “Civilian Attire for On- and off-Base Assignments During the Duty Day” policy letter.
In accordance with AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program, unit commanders and supervisors must ensure all personnel attending training present a professional military appearance. It is each Airman’s responsibility to attend training with a current PT test. There are two fitness facilities and a track is in close proximity to DINFOS. Active-duty students must have a current PT test prior to departure from home station; no PT tests will be given to active-duty Airmen while they are TDY. Guard or Reserve Airmen due for a PT test while TDY to DINFOS and on active-duty orders must contact the detachment prior to arriving at DINFOS to make these arrangements with detachment staff. Due to limited staffing, last-minute requests will not be granted. Please see the “Physical Training Test for TDY Airmen” policy memorandum.
Leave is required when traveling beyond three hours from Ft. Meade and is only authorized with approval from the member’s home unit and the detachment commander. PS students must complete an AETC Form 29B, regardless of age, if traveling outside a two-hour radius from Ft. Meade. See the Leave Travel Policy memorandum for more details.
Before leaving your duty station or immediately upon arrival, advise your family to contact the American Red Cross in case of an emergency. This method is the most expeditious means of providing family member assistance. You should also provide your family with a copy of your TDY orders.
While you are TDY at DINFOS, Detachment 2, 336th Training Squadron is your mishap reporting unit. If a safety incident occurs, be sure to contact the detachment within 24 hours of the incident.
If you would like for mail to be sent to the Detachment while you attend DINFOS, use the address below. The CSS will call/email you when mail arrives for you. Outgoing mail can be sent from the mailbox located near the Commissary and BX for outgoing packages.
Incoming mail may be addressed as follows:
PS students are authorized to have their cell phones but can only use them in designated areas of DINFOS. Cell phones should not be used in the classroom, unless authorized by an instructor.
In accordance with AETCI 36-2216, “Administration of Military Standards and Discipline Training” and AFI 40-102 “Tobacco Use in the Air Force”, students are prohibited from using tobacco products (to include cigarettes, electronic smoking devices, or chewing tobacco) while enrolled in any Professional Military Education or formal training school, during school duty hours.
All meals are available and directed for Air Force students attending DINFOS. The cost for breakfast is $3.45, lunch is $5.60, and dinner is $4.85. The Freedom Inn Dining Facility hours are as follows:
Monday - Friday
Breakfast: 6 a.m.- 8 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Crime prevention is the responsibility of all personnel at Detachment 2. In the event of a break-in or theft, the individual suffering and/or discovering the loss should immediately report the violation to the Military Training Leader on duty and the Military Police. Any unauthorized weapons will be confiscated and could lead to dismissal from the course.
Laundry Service is not available on Fort Meade. Washers and dryers are provided at billeting. AAFES dry cleaning and laundry services are available at the PX.