American Forces Network
The American Forces Network (AFN) ® is
the brand name used by the United States
Armed Forces American Forces Radio and
Television Service (AFRTS) for its enter-
tainment and command internal information
networks worldwide. The AFN worldwide ra-
dio and television broadcast network serves
American service men and women, Depart-
ment of Defense civilians and their families
stationed at bases overseas, as well as U.S.
Navy ships at sea. AFN broadcasts popular
American radio and television programs from
the major U.S. networks. It is sometimes re-
ferred to as the Armed Forces Network.
AFRTS, American Forces Network and AFN
are registered trademarks of the U.S. Depart-
ment of Defense.
The American Forces Network (AFN) is the
operational arm of the American Forces Ra-
dio and Television Service (AFRTS), an office
of the Defense Media Activity (DMA). AFN
falls under the operational control of the Of-
fice of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Public Affairs (OASD-PA). Editorial control is
by the Department of Defense, whereas the
British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS)
for example, is independent of the Ministry of
Defence and the British armed forces.
AFN employs military broadcasters as well
as DoD civilians and contractors. Service per-
sonnel hold broadcasting occupational spe-
cialties for their military branch.
Since 1997, all of AFN’s military person-
nel receive primary training at the Defense
Information School (DINFOS) at Fort George
G. Meade in Maryland. Prior
DINFOS was located at Fort Benjamin Har-
rison in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1997, Fort
Benjamin Harrison was largely closed as a
function of the 1991 Base Closure and Re-
alignment Commission. Additional/Advanced
training is also available at Fort George G.
Some of AFN’s broadcasters have previ-
ous commercial broadcasting experience pri-
or to enlisting in the military, but it is not a
prerequisite for enlistment in the military as
a broadcaster. During their training, the