The course description, course prerequisite, training program of instruction, and class schedule of classes can be found on the DINFOS website here.

Application and Reservations 

DoD civilians affiliated with a service branch, please contact your training office to reserve a seat in ATRRS.

DoD civilians not affiliated with a service branch, you may submit an SF-182 training request to, which can be found at Once your training request is received, you are placed on the waitlist. If a seat becomes available you will receive a notification from ATRRS. If you have a reservation and need to cancel, please email the There are no tuition fees for DoD Civilians. Your agency is responsible for per diem (meals, lodging, travel, transportation, etc.).

Non-DoD civilians, please contact the Registrar’s Office for tuition costs. DINFOS fills course seats with Military students first. Inter-Agency students must submit a signed SF182 to be added to the class waitlist. Approximately, 45-days prior to the course start, unused Military seats will be filled by waitlisted names on a first come/first serve basis. Your student will receive an ATRRS reservation notification email. If there is a late military student seat cancellation, your employee may have short notice to complete their travel orders. If your student does not secure a seat through this process, they may opt to try the waitlist more than once. In addition to tuition reimbursement, agencies are responsible for all travel and per diem costs to send their student to a DINFOS resident course.

Student Arrival
Students with a DoD CAC will be able to access the Mapes and Rockenbach gates. Please visit for information on installation access. If you do not have a DoD Common Access Card (CAC), please contact the Registrar’s Office,,  to coordinate your arrival.

Reporting Procedures
Civilians must report a day before the class starts to settle into lodging and familiarize themselves with Fort Meade. Local civilians may report on the class start day. Class start day begins at 0755 and you will be directed to in-processing from the main entrance. If you will be late, please email, . The academic director is the approving authority for late arrivals.

Civilians are responsible for making their own lodging accommodations. Lodging and per diem cost must be covered by your unit or agency. DINFOS will not pay for lodging or accommodations for any student. You may contact the IHG for room availability. Billeting is extremely limited, therefore rooms are not available if the student is sent earlier than scheduled. Billeting is located about .5 miles from the school and dining facilities, but conveniently located near the Commissary, Shoppette, Post Exchange, Post Office, fast food establishments and banking facilities (ATM). 

Uniform Requirements
Appropriate business casual civilian attire. No rips, tears or holes. No inappropriate graphics or words. There are formal graduations for PACS-Q and PACS-Q-DL-R, please no jeans.

Meals and Dining
Meals are available to all students at the Freedom Inn Dining Facility, located approximately  .3 miles from DINFOS, across from Epes Dental Clinic on Simonds St. Civilians may have their orders stamped on the class start day. The stamp will allow you to eat at the dining facility and use the Post Exchange.
Freedom Inn hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday
Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Maryland is located in the eastern part of the United States. It is near to Washington D.C., the center of government, history and politics for the country. D.C. is also one of the larger centers for art and science in the U. S. The summers are warm and humid; the winters are cold and wet. Late fall and spring are very pleasant. There are wide variations of both warm and cold, particularly during the colder months of January and February. Snowfalls of three or more inches occur on average about two to three times during the winter. Please advise your students that during the winter months the temperature can drop below the freezing point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When the wind blows during these low temperatures, it creates what we call a wind-chill factor. A wind-chill factor is when the wind combined with the cold temperatures makes it seem colder than it actually is. This can be extremely hazardous to the skin, as wind-chills are sometimes below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature averages are as follows:
•    Summer: 90° F Hi, 62° F Low
•    Winter: 37° F Hi, 21° F Low
•    Spring/Fall: 78° F Hi, 44° F Low

Civilian - North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie, Maryland, Harbor Hospital Center in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. There are numerous other civilian hospitals in the Baltimore/Washington area. Civilian facilities will require payment for medical services.
Reasonable accommodations
If reasonable accommodations are needed, send your request to the no later than 30 days prior to the class report date. We will send you a link to complete your request and work with you to accommodate or disapprove your request.

Parking Information
Students may park in the lot located directly behind DINFOS. There are handicap spots located in front and on the side of DINFOS. If reasonable accommodations are needed, please email the
 DINFOS does not pay for lodging, per diem, or rental cars. We will not issue loss of meals memorandums or non availability letters.

DINFOS Registrar’s Office can be contacted at