Combat documentation/production specialists are primarily responsible for supervising, planning and operating electronic and film-based still, video and audio acquisition equipment in order to document combat and noncombat operations.
- Operate and perform unit level maintenance on motion, still and studio television cameras
- Prepare captions for documentation images
- Operate electronic and film-based processing, editing, audio and printing darkroom equipment
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Job training for a combat documentation/production specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Motion picture equipment operation
- Audio recording and using sound equipment
- Scripting and special effects techniques
- Interest in creative/artistic work
- Preference for working as part of a team
- Experience in school plays or making home movies
- Interest in photography, graphics, art, speech and drama