We live in a technological age, and the US Army has its own media staff of public affairs personnel, that help to keep the information and data concerning the US Army, its Mission, and its people. The Army public affairs specialist works with news releases, photographs, news articles and newspaper feature stories. You will work to coordinate and assist Army information and event publicity, and sharing military information.
All Army programs and media related information is coordinated by the Army Public Affairs Specialists. Broadcast Television, Cable TV, radio, Internet, and print related materials are all necessary to provide the efficient stream of information for the Army. Army Public Affairs specialists are trained to help all the civilian members of the media to gain access to all materials needed for the effective dissemination of Army related information. When special assistance is needed by civilian media outlets and personnel then it is the Army Public Affairs Specialist that works to coordinate the different actions needed to perform the missions at hand. The Army public affairs specialist is the person that is charged to share important military and Army information as well as helping civilian media to get needed articles and other military information. Relations specialists for the Army also coordinate with making sure that soldiers are available for interviews and specific mission stories. Following Basic, you will attend twelve weeks of advance training at Fort Meade, Maryland. You will be instructed at the Defense Information School on how to perform the duties and Public Affairs Specialist Tasks.
The United States Army Public Affairs Specialist is the person directly responsible for dealing with the dissemination of information and materials to the media. As an Army Public Affairs Specialist you will have to provide a variety of services including; arranging and scheduling a variety of interviews, conducting and leading various media training sessions, developing and brainstorming feature and Army news story ideas, and working as a escort and liaison to civilian media members.
Hands on training with cameras, photographs, newspaper and media sources, and other journalistic skills will be taught to you. Part of the training will be classroom but other parts will be in the field experience covering news and feature events.