All Officers, Warrant Officers, and NCOs of the rank E6 and above must have a current DA Photo on file.
If you have been promoted, received a major award, or your photo is more than 5 years old, than it needs updating.
Some boards require that your DA Photo be an even more recent one.
Soldiers will not receive a physical copy of their photo, and their image will be uploaded to the DAPMIS system. Upon acceptance through AKO/DA photo link, it will become your official DA Photo in your IPERMS file.
What is the difference between a DA Photo and Other Photos If you are an E-5 and below and your chain of command is requesting a package for a promotion board or awards board this is NOT an Official DA Photo and has to be obtained at the Solider/Airmen own expense at a local photo studio or by a professional photographer.