The following Terms of Service, effective 23 February 2021, supersede all previous versions.

This Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions under which you the subscriber ("you," "your," "owner," or "subscriber") agree to use this American Forces Network (AFN) service to receive AFN programming.


A. ACCEPTANCE OF AGREEMENT; AGREEMENT TERMS GENERALLY INCLUDED. This Agreement starts when you accept it. By accepting this Agreement, you and any other users of devices you own, lease, or control, which are capable of decrypting and displaying AFN content, are bound by its conditions. Your acceptance of this Agreement occurs upon the earlier of: (a) your electronic acceptance during the activation of your AFN-capable device; or (b) your use of the Service.

B. DEFINITIONS. The term "Service" means AFN programming, including, without limitation, all programming, equipment, media or program guides, and other features, products and services provided as part of and included with AFN programming services. The term "Equipment" means equipment provided by AFN, directly purchased or leased from an authorized vendor, including any digital adapter, set top box, digital video recorder, video media server, peripheral devices, mobile phones, tablet computers, game consoles, remote controls or routers provided to you by AFN or those that are loaned to or owned by you. The term "Premises" refers to the physical location at which AFN service is used. "Programming" means content provided by AFN or its providers or suppliers and provided as part of and included with the Service, including, without limitation, images, photographs, animations, video programming, information services, audio, music, and text, irrespective of the manner or format in which such content is delivered. The term "Authorized Audience" means individuals authorized access to AFN programming in paragraph 5, IAW DoD Instruction 5120.20 and AFN’s contractual obligations to our programing suppliers, owners and distributors.

C. SERVICE CHANGES. We reserve the right to change, rearrange, add, delete or otherwise modify the Service at any time, with or without prior notice to you, including changing, rearranging or otherwise modifying our Programming, the Equipment, any Other Devices, and any other features, products and services that we offer. AFN or its suppliers may, without notice or liability, restrict the use of any Services or limit its time of availability in order to perform maintenance activities and to maintain security.


  1. IAW DoD Policy, AFN programming is only available to the Authorized Audience stationed outside of the United States, its territories or possessions.
  2. You agree to use the Service only for your own private, non-commercial, personal viewing and listening enjoyment. The Programming distributed via the Service may not be viewed or otherwise displayed in areas open to the public off of a U.S. military installation or American diplomatic compound, including, without limitation, commercial establishments. You may not rebroadcast or transmit the Programming or charge admission for its viewing. You may not take any actions to alter or avoid any security or access controls or restrictions associated with the Service, Equipment, or Other Devices.
  3. You are responsible for all use of the Service, whether by you or someone using the Service with or without your permission. You agree not to use the Service, directly or indirectly, for any unlawful purpose, including without limitation, violation of copyright laws through the use, production, copying, rebroadcast or redistribution of any Programming distributed as part of the Service or recorded using equipment containing digital video recording devices. You further agree that your use of the Service is your sole responsibility, at your own risk, and subject to all applicable Defense Department Instructions, Regulations or policy guidance. We, in our sole discretion, may terminate your access to AFN programming in the event that the Service is used for an unlawful purpose or in a manner contrary to DoD Instructions, Regulations or policy guidance.
  4. You agree not to use your personal credentials to authorize or activate an AFN-capable decoder for any third party.
  5. You understand and agree that not all Programming may be suitable for all viewers, and users of the Service may have access to Programming that may be sexually explicit, obscene, offensive, or otherwise unsuitable or objectionable, especially for children under the age of eighteen (18). You further understand and agree that it is your responsibility to impose any viewing restrictions you determine are appropriate to limit viewing and access to potentially objectionable material, and you agree to supervise usage of the Service. You agree that we are not responsible for you are anyone else viewing Programming or information provided on, or access through, the Service, for any content that you or others may deem to be objectionable for any reason.

E. AUTHORIZED USER; REFUSAL OF SERVICE. You acknowledge that you are 18 years of age or older, and that you have the legal authority to enter into this Agreement. You agree to update your decoder registration or notify any leasing or loaning agent immediately whenever your personal information changes (including, for example, your name, address, and duty station).

  1. The AFN Authorized Audience includes, but is not necessarily limited to individuals within the following DoD-affiliated populations;
  2. a. Active duty members of the uniformed services from the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps.
    b. Retired members of the uniformed services including those medically retired.
    c. American citizen U.S. Government civil service employees. Civil service retirees are not eligible.
    d. American citizen U.S. Government non-appropriated fund employees. NAF retirees are not eligible.
    e. National Guard or Reserve component members when activated under Title 10, United States Code, orders.
    f. Retired members of the Reserve component of the uniformed services, including those medically retired, regardless of their pay status.
    g. American citizen DoD Contractors.
    h. Surviving spouses of deceased active duty or retired military members who have not remarried.
    i. Medal of Honor recipients.
    j. 100% disabled veterans who pass DEERS verification.
  3. The non-DoD-affiliated population consists of the following individuals;
  4. a. Active duty and retired members of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) including those medically retired.
    b. Commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) including retired officers.
    c. Commissioned officers of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) including retired officers.
    d. Direct-hire, American citizen United States Government employees serving at American diplomatic posts overseas in direct support of the Chief of Mission (Ambassador)
  5. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to refuse to provide the Service to you for any reason at any time, consistent with DoD regulations and policies.

F. PERSONAL DATA AND PRIVACY POLICY. AFN will treat your personally identifiable information provided to us in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and its amendments. Information may also be used as a management tool for statistical analysis, tracking, reporting, evaluating program effectiveness, and conducting research.

G. CHANGES TO THIS AGREEMENT. The current version of the terms of this Agreement and any subsequent updates shall be available on


  1. We do not guarantee that the Service will work correctly if you use equipment to access the Service other than equipment capable of receiving AFN programming.
  2. You acknowledge and agree that at all times ownership of government furnished equipment (GFE) shall remain with the unit or organization providing the GFE.
  3. Individuals or units provided devices capable of receiving AFN Programming are responsible for the GFE and must either return it, at their own or at their unit’s expense, to the entity that provided the GFE or transfer it to follow-on forces that meet Authorized Audience criteria in paragraph 5.(b). In instances where the GFE is transferred to follow-on forces, the losing individual or unit will de-register the GFE IRD and the gaining individual will register the GFE.
  4. You acknowledge that while you may own, lease or have temporary receipt of the Equipment, you cannot sell, lease, transfer or in any other way provide the Equipment to a person, organization, or other entity not part of the authorized AFN audience as identified in paragraph ‘E.’ You further agree not to tamper with or otherwise harm the Equipment, and that you will not copy, modify, reverse compile or reverse engineer any Equipment or Other Devices, or software or firmware provided by AFN in connection with the Service.
  5. Leased or loaned equipment capable of receiving AFN Programming remains the property of the lessors or loaning entity, typically the Exchange in the case of leased IRDs and Furnishings Management Office (FMO) or Military Family Housing Office (MFH) in the case of loaned or hand-receipted equipment.
  6. a. The leasing or loaning entity will maintain physical security of their equipment stocks and only lease or loan Equipment capable of receiving AFN Programming to members of the Authorized Audience as described above.
    b. Leasing or loaning entities will notify AFN immediately of all lost, stolen or missing equipment so it can be permanently deactivated and removed from the inventory.
    c. Leasing or loaning entities will not register and/or activate any AFN-capable device on behalf of a person or entity seeking to lease or obtain a decoder via issue/hand receipt. The end user is the solely responsible for registering any AFN-capable device.
  7. Owners of AFN-capable equipment that is lost or stolen must report the loss to AFN immediately by emailing The Equipment will be permanently deactivated and removed from the inventory.

I. TERMINATION OF SERVICE. AFN may terminate the Service at any time and for any reason. Individuals found violating these terms of use may be permanently banned from obtaining AFN programming.

20210223 AFN Decoder Terms of Service.pdf

American Forces Network Integrated Receiver-Decoder Terms of Service, Current as of February 2021

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