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46Q Public Affairs Specialist


Overview

The Army public affairs specialist participates in and assists with the supervision and administration of Army public affairs programs primarily through news releases, newspaper articles, Web-based material and photographs for use in military and civilian news media.

Job Duties

  • Research, prepare and disseminate news releases, articles, web-based material and photographs on Army personnel and activities
  • Gather information for military news programs and publications within your unit and around the Army
  • Develop ideas for news articles
  • Arrange and conduct interviews
  • Write news releases, feature articles and editorials
  • Conduct media training

Requirements

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.

Training

Job training for a public affairs specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions.
Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including learning hands-on how to write news stories, operate a camera, and edit newspapers and photographs. You’ll also put together a real newspaper contributing stories and photographs.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • News, feature and sports writing and research
  • Newspaper design and production
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Photojournalism (photography journalism)
  • Public speaking
  • Media Relations

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in English, journalism, communications, computers and photography
  • Ability to speak clearly in front of an audience
  • Detail oriented 
  • Enjoy researching facts and issues for news stories
  • Can write clearly and concisely

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46Q Public Affairs Specialist

POC

551st Signal Battalion
Fort Gordon, GA 30905
Battalion Staff Duty  (706)-791-4124
DSN number  (312) 780-4124
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