The G6 / Visual Information Section, located at Fort Indiantown Gap, provides DA photos at no charge, in the required digital format, for all Soldiers needing them for promotion, retention or other official purposes. The service is located in the studio (Building 11-66). Photos are taken Tuesdays and Thursdays between 0730 and 1600 hrs. Photos are uploaded to the DA Photo Management Information System. They generally appear on your AKO account shortly after uploading.
Click here for a PA National Guard memo regarding official photographs for promotions.
Bldg 11-66 is on Utility Rd, which connects to Service Rd. From I-81, take the Fort Indiantown Gap exit and travel north on state route 934 (Fisher Avenue). You will come a traffic light. Make a left onto Service Road. Make a right onto Utility Road. Building 11-66 will be on your left; parking is available in front of the building, or around back if a parking space is not available.
To schedule a DA photo at Fort Indiantown Gap, visit www.vios.army.mil and fill out a work order. Photo appointments are scheduled between 0730 and 1600 hours.
PLEASE NOTE: "Walk-ins" can be taken on Tuesdays and Thursdays with prior coordination. Our schedule might allow for emergency walk-ins on other days of the week, but will also require prior coordination. Please call (717) 861-2021 to make such arrangements.
To ensure an effective and efficient service, the following rules must be adhered to:
Soldiers are expected to be in proper Class A uniform or Army Service Uniform (ASU). Changing rooms are available in the studio (Building 11-66).
Arrive early if you are planning to change here. Be ready to be photographed at your designated appointment time.
Those who cannot make their scheduled appointment should call in advance to cancel, so their slot can be offered to someone else.
Although care will be taken in posing the subject, all aspects of the uniform, awards and decorations, and personal appearance are ultimately the responsibility of the individual. Any uncertainties need to be resolved beforehand, in consultation with unit first sergeants, administrative personnel and/or appropriate military regulations.
Sample official photo
Per AR 640-30, official photos will be taken in a properly fitted and pressed Class A uniform or ASU. Basic branch insignia, all permanently authorized awards, decorations, combat and special skill badges, tabs, and if affiliated, regimental insignia will be worn, if applicable. The shoulder sleeve insignia (patch) and distinctive unit insignia (crests) will also be worn, if applicable, and are the only exceptions to the permanent rule.
PLEASE NOTE: AR 640-30 states that photographers may not retouch the photograph in any way. No one may clip, stuff or otherwise alter the uniforms’ appearance in any manner.
Check your ribbons!
The following sites display the proper order for all Army and Pennsylvania awards and decorations. They will also build an on-line rack for you (except for ribbon devices). All state awards follow the federal awards in precedence.
PLEASE NOTE: Check your personnel records carefully to ensure that you are wearing all awards and decorations to which you are entitled!
State Awards (List in Order of Precedence)
State Awards (graphic/chart version)
To schedule an appointment at Fort Indiantown Gap
Visit www.vios.army.mil and fill out a work order. If you have difficulties logging on to the site or need assistance call the G6/ VI Section at (717) 861-2021.
Other DA photo locations
Other locations in the region where official DA photos can be scheduled are:
Carlisle Barracks, PA
Monday thru Friday, 0815 - 1500 hrs, by appointment
Fort Dix, NJ
Monday thru Friday, 0800 – 1530 hrs, by appointment only
Saturday and Sunday, 0800 – 1530 hrs, walk-ins only
Fort Meade, MD., Bldg T-546
by appointment only
Tobyhanna Army Depot (Pocono area), PA
Thursday, 0730 – 1130, by appointment only