The Army uses a specific person to handle many of the different materials that they need on a daily basis. The person who is responsible to produce many of the charts, maps, booklets, training manuals as well as flyers, newspapers, and other printed materials is called the Lithographer. An Army Lithographer is a part of the important team that brings forth all these different types of publications both for military use and also for the general public. The military has an ongoing need for these types of publications and printed materials both in its training endeavors but also for support for the ongoing Army mission, both at home and abroad, on the battlefield and off.
Lithographers operate and maintain printing presses, binding machines, photographic equipment, and other machinery and equipment used in the production of printed material. The Army Lithographers maintain and operate:
-Layout, plate making and printing design equipment.
-Large scale duplicators and ink plate materials.
-Copy machines, photo copier and duplication type presses and equipment.
-Photographic printing equipment and binding, photo and printing equipment.
Army Lithographers are responsible for supervising camera operations and performing different photo production tasks, assembling layout and plate duties, and binding and printing operations that lead to the complete finished product. Some of the duties that a lithographer has to perform on a regular basis include making positive and negative line images, making various types of lithographic film products, making contact paper prints, producing press operation flats, making peel coat and color key images, and using and making scribe and color proofs.
If you have an interest in media productions, printing, photo work, or if you have any experience with any realm of printing or photography production then you may be a good candidate for this field. You will be able to practice your new talents and skills as classroom and hands on training will be allowed to help build and grow your talents and job skills.
Training to begin a career as an Army lithographer begins with Basic Combat Training for 9 weeks, then you will progress after basic training to individual advanced training for 18 weeks to learn how to become a lithographer. Advanced trained lithographers are assigned to be responsible for entire finished printed works, and are responsible for training more junior personnel.