Thousands of realistic images and photos of soldiers, vehicles and operations by Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine personnel are located in the photo gallery section of the U.S. Department of Defense website. As of 2015, there are 112 categories of pictures, which also include photographs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretaries of Defense.
While many of the photographs and images located on this website are in the public domain and available for use, certain guidelines do apply and, unless otherwise noted, you are advised to read these guidelines for more information. This is also true if you are planning to use the media images for commercial purposes, which requires prior approval that is obtained through the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
Archived photo essays and images of military service seals are also available. However, the unauthorized use of Department of Defense and Military Seals for non-official purposes is prohibited by law. Approval of the use of service emblems or coats of arms may be granted on a case-by-case basis. The official seal of the Department of Defense is unique and cannot be represented by substitute images, as none exist. There are no other graphics that may be used to lawfully represent the Department of Defense. Before using any of these images, it is always wise to seek permission.