Visual Information Office
Fort Detrick, Md. 21702
Hours: 0830-1530, Monday-Friday
VIOS: Visual Information Ordering Site
To request audio visual, photographic, and graphic work (DA 3903), use VIOS
Customers receiving e-mails from VIOS stating "pending approval or in-process" mean's the request has been approved; but not necessarily begun.
The Visual Information Office shoots Official Photos on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.
To schedule your appointment, please use VIOS at http://www.vios.army.mil.
ALL Soldiers requiring photographs for special packets and soldier actions (Officer Candidate School, Green to Gold, Warrant Officer Application, Recruiting, and Soldier/NCO of the Month/Qtr. Boards etc.) are required to bring a memorandum from their commander indicating what packet is being submitted.
Active Duty Second Lieutenants (2LT), Warrant Officers (WO1), and Sergeants (SGT E-5) and below, are not authorized to have an Official DA Photo loaded into DAPMIS.
All National Guard and Reserve Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers and NCO's in the grade of E-6 and above are authorized to have an Official Photo loaded into DAPMIS.
All Soldiers should bring their Identification Card and a current copy of their ERB or ORB to their photo appointment.
DA Photo Guide
The DA Photo begins with the soldier. Taking the time to ensure your uniform is properly fitted and reflects only the awards and citations annotated on your ERB/ORB is the first step in creating a good DA Photo. Our photographers and staff can assist you by inspecting your uniform and pointing out obvious flaws, i.e. wrinkles, improper fit, damageï¿½but it is your responsibility to ensure awards, decorations, unit crests and badges are worn correctly and match your ERB/ORB.
Army Regulation 640-30 states that Officer and NCO's photos are valid for five (5) years. Three (3) years for General Officers. Policy allows soldiers to update their photo when they are awarded an Army Commendation Medal or higher, or there has been a significant change to the soldier's appearance as outlined in AR 640-30. New unit patches, service stripes or awards lower than an ARCOM are not justifiable reasons for a new photo.
Only Authorized Visual Information (VI) activities may take official DA Photographs, as required by AR 640-30.
Digital files of "Official DA Photos" WILL NOT be issued to the customer.
Reshoots will only be done if images are damaged or if major discrepancies are identified, such as unacceptable levels of moire or stair stepping in digital photographs. Photographers, Soldiers or anyone providing assistance to the Soldier while taking the official photograph will not stuff, clip, or otherwise change or alter the appearance of the uniform to make it fit properly. Pockets, lapels and the front of the jacket may be taped.
Photographers will not alter the photograph, to include adding new rank, ribbons, stars or erasing waistlines or wrinkles by using photo imaging software such as cloning or healing tools.
DO NOT WEAR:
- INFANTRY CORDS, BLUE DISKS, OR FLASH
- LEADERSHIP TABS
- FRENCH FOURRAGERE
- UNIT CREST
- REGIMENTAL CREST
- PERMANENT UNIT CITATIONS (only if the award is annotated on your ORB/ERB)
- Male Uniform — 1/8" Above pocket, 1/4" Above citations
- Female Uniform — 1/2" Above nametag, 1/4" Above citations
- Male Uniform — Centered between the top of the button and the top of the pocket
- Female Uniform — Bottom of nametag is 1"-2" above the top button
GOOD CONDUCT RIBBON:
- 1st Award is the ribbon, 2nd Award is 2 bronze loops, 3rd Award is 3 bronze loops, 4th Award is 4 bronze loops, 5th Award is 5 bronze loops, 6th Award is 1 silver loop, etc.
- Campaign Star(s) must be worn in accordance w/ MILPER 08-123 & MILPER 10-078 which can be accessed below in the Resources section.
THE DA PHOTO LAB IS EQUIPPED WITH CHANGING ROOMS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.
The Visual Information Office only shoots OFFICIAL passport photos on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 0800-1100 and 1300-1500. Please call for availability.
Please make an appointment using VIOS at http://www.vios.army.mil. In VIOS: When requesting passports; select "print photos" not photography.