Frequently Asked Questions


Registration for PDI 2015 will open in February 2015. The PDI schedule and detailed session descriptions will be available for viewing after registration opens, on the Program Information page.

A majority of the expense of planning a PDI is incurred before the PDI occurs. We must have the revenue generated from registration in order to pay these expenses. Registration at the early rate is open until May 1, which allows attendees to register and pay for the PDI closer to when they can file for reimbursement.

No. We do not have a registration rate for people who wish to attend for just one day, unless the person is a speaker and wishes to remain all day. All registrants pay the full amount. Single event tickets are available only for guests of registered attendees and only if space permits.

Breakfast is included in the PDI registration fee (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) as well as three lunches (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) and one dinner (Wednesday.)

For more information on how to claim per diem, see the Defense Travel Management Office’s Per Diem Rates Query page.

There is no guest registration at PDI 2015; however, tickets are available on-site for the exhibit hall, lunches, and evening events. The costs for meals are as follows: Exhibit Hall: $20 (includes breakfast); Lunch: $45 each day; Welcome Dinner: $60.

In order to process a 1556 for registration, payment (credit card number or check) and a PDI registration form for each registrant must accompany the 1556. A 1556 that is received without payment cannot be processed.


All events, with the exception of some evening activities, will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

As ambassadors of military services and government organizations, military and civilian personnel and their spouses should plan appropriate dress for the PDI.

Event Participants Daytime Event Attire
Army Army Service Uniform, Class B
Navy Summer White
Marine Corps Service Dress Charlie
Air Force Blue Short Sleeve
Coast Guard Tropical Blue
Civilian/guests Business Attire


Stage participants may be asked to wear a different uniform than event attendees. Please check with guidance you may have received as an award winner or speaker.

Tuesday evening icebreaker attire is casual and the Wednesday Welcome Dinner dress is casual.

Yes, complimentary WiFi hotspot locations may be found throughout the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  For a list of hotspot locations, click here!

Yes, we will have computers available where you can access your e-mail as long as you bring your ISP account number assigned by your agency and any special login instructions. We will also have CAC Card readers available.


Classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, the sooner you pick your classes, the better chance you have of getting the workshops you want. Class size limits are set in early April, and until that time, you will get your first choice (with a few exceptions). If you must give your registration to someone else to process, follow up with that individual to be certain that your registration has been forwarded to our registration contractor.

If you wish to make a change after initial course selection, workshop selections may be changed based on space available in the desired new course. Changes may be made per the directions on your confirmation e-mail. Onsite changes are limited to availability.


A verification of CPE earned at PDI is sent to each attendee within four weeks of the PDI. If you did not receive one or need a new copy, you can download the PDI 2015 CPE letter here.

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