By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff
Effective immediately, hard (printed) copies of
official military photographs will not be provided to most Soldiers
who have those pictures taken by the Fort McCoy Training Support
Section (TSS) Photo Section.
Details of the reasons for the change can be found in
Military Personnel Message 05-206: Procedural Changes for Official
Allan Harding, TSS
photographer, helps a Soldier prepare to have his official
photograph taken digitally at Fort McCoy. (File
Bob Zinsmeister, Fort McCoy Directorate of Planning,
Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS), Training Support manager
and Visual Information officer, said the change was made because most
Army Reserve and Army National Guard organizations use the Department
of the Army Photograph Management Information System (DAPMIS). DAPMIS
uses digital files of photographs to support an automated board
If a particular organization doesnít have access to
DAPMIS, hard-copy photos can be printed in conjunction with the DAPMIS
process, he said.
These organizations include Army Reserve and Army
National Guard Soldiers who fall under the jurisdiction of state
adjutants general or troop program unit commanders.
"Since we no longer need to do this, we no longer
will provide it unless the organization does not have access to the
DAPMIS service," Zinsmeister said. "AR (Army Regulation)
640-30 specifies when personnel need to have official photos
Karen Birkeness, DPTMS Supervisory Visual Information
specialist, said official military photographs are taken on a walk-in
basis at the TSS from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and noon -3 p.m. Wednesdays,
Fridays and Saturdays in building 2113. Changing rooms are available.
For more information, call TSS at (608) 388-2423.
"If someone needs to have a printed copy made for
a board, itís best they have documentation," Birkeness said.
Personnel who cannot make it on standard days can call
(608) 388-4520 to arrange a special appointment to have an official
AR-640 specifies the frequency of having official
photos taken, including requiring them for new brigadier generals,
first lieutenants, chief warrant officers 2, command sergeants major
and staff sergeants. Other personnel authorized new official photos
include those who have experienced a significant weight change, such
as a weight loss, Zinsmeister said.
Personnel requiring official photos must wear Class-A
uniforms, he said. No exceptions will be made to allow of the wear of
any other military uniform or civilian clothes for this purpose.
Soldiers should check AR 670-1 to ensure the correct wearing/display
of authorized permanent accessories, decorations and insignia, he
"Personnel still will see their photos under the
process and will be able to approve it before it is forwarded,"
Soldiers can click the Web site https://vifp.afis.osd.mil
to find the nearest authorized military photographical facility and
select the map.