Commander's Welcome Letter
I would like to congratulate you on your selection to attend the Defense Information School! The US Army Signal School Detachment (USASSD) is the home to all Army Soldiers attending DINFOS to earn the MOS of 25M, 25R, 25V, and 46S (Formerly 46Q and 46R). Additionally, USASSD provides limited administrative support to Army Officers and DA Civilians attending advanced courses at DINFOS. Because DINFOS is a Department of Defense (DoD) asset, it is USASSD's task to ensure that Army standards are met for all Army students during your training at Fort Meade. USASSD will administer all APFTs, conduct random Alcohol and Drug testing, conduct Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills (WTBD), and respond to all students administrative needs.
The company maintains two barracks: Building 8606, which is designated for MOS-I (Initial Entry Training) Soldiers and Building 8609 for MOS-T (Prior service or reclassifying) Soldiers. All MOS-I and MOS-T Soldiers and NCOs will report to the Staff Duty desk in BLDG 8606 for inprocessing and room assignment. Officers and NCOs attending the advanced courses (PAQC, JSPAC, JIPAC, etc.) will reside in the Army Lodging (IHG) on Fort Meade. All meals and lodging are provided for ALL Army personnel attending courses at DINFOS! Please ensure that your orders reflect that before reporting.
Married Regular Army Soldiers attending training for 25V or 25R are authorized to bring their family with them to live on post if it is reflected on their orders. IET Married Soldiers must spend their Phase IV and Phase V time in the barracks. Once they reach Phase V+ they are authorized to stay with their family. Soldiers who become married while attending classes at Fort Meade are not authorized post housing. Be prepared! Not all courses start the same time as stated on your orders. If you are a Non-IET or split option soldier, call the company first and confirm the start date of your particular course. IET soldiers arriving directly from Basic Combat Training are placed in "AFl" status until their course start date. IET Reserve and National Guard soldiers will remain on active duty during this "AFI" status at the company. They are not authorized to return to their parent unit until they complete their MOS qualification. It is imperative that you read though all the different sections on this site. It covers vital information that you should be aware of which will help you have a smooth transition and answer most of your questions. If you have any questions that cannot be answered by looking through this site, contact USASSD Operations via email or phone.
You will receive a one-of-a-kind experience while at Student Company. You will train side-by-side with service members from other services and countries while attending classes at DINFOS, and you will be able to hone your skills as a soldier while at the company. Again, congratulations and I look forward to your arrival and successful completion of your respective course!
THOMAS W. CAGLE