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.
- 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
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 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
- 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
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.
Future Civilian Careers:
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with newspaper, magazines, wire services, public relations firms and radio and television stations. You’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a staff writer, editor or correspondent.
Also, College tuition paid 100 percent the entire time you are in the service.
Up to $86,536 to go to college AFTER the military with your rent covered by the Military for 4 years. (Can be used by you or split amongst your immediate family members)
Up to $40,000 dollar sign on bonus and/or $50,000 Student Loan Repayment
Free housing (or your rent paid directly) and utilities 100 percent covered for you and your family Free Medical and Dental for you and your family 30 days paid vacation. Free Travel. And much, much more…
You must be:
Under 35 No Major Law Violations (Sexual Misconducts, Domestics..)
No Major Medical issues (Missing Limbs, Mental Health Issues..)
Be a US Citizen or Hold at least a green card (I-551)
High School Diploma/GED holder
For more information about the United States Army and Army Reserve please contact me at:
611 Bilelenberg Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
If interested, fill out an application or call/text me anytime at 612-385-5116