The US Army uses different enlisted personnel in different Psychological type operations around the world, to gain information and to assist in dealing with foreign groups of personnel and citizens. The position of US Army psychological Operations is evolving, and in the modern US Army it is very challenging and ever changing. The role of an Army Psychological Operations specialist is to figure out the needs for information of a specific population of people at a particular place and time, and deliver the correct message at the place and time needed, to get a desired response. This can be as routine as dealing with a large group at political rally or national convention, or dealing with an angry mob in a charged and harsh environment.
You will be involved in both information and dis- information campaigns to spread information leading to successful Army and United States missions. If you have an ability to think creatively, and interest in people and have completed college level social science studies this may be a career field for you to explore in the Army. As part of the special Ops community you will work to develop assess, and distribute specific information for maximum informative and psychological effect. If this sounds complicated, well it can be, but the role of an Army Psychological Operations Specialist is crucial to the operations of many successful Army military campaigns. You may be asked to research and analyze different methods of using information to influence foreign groups and populations. As an Army Psychological Operations specialist you serve as a working member of the Special Operations Army Community. This is a Special Operations billet, so after this special training you will attend four to six months of additional training learning a foreign language, and Airborne training that will last about three weeks. You may also be involved in operating and maintaining psychological operations equipment such as loudspeaker systems, analog and digital recording systems, and ground and shelter tactical systems. Training for a Psychological Operations Specialist starts after a successful nine weeks of Basic Combat Training.
Part of the duties that you may have as a psychological Operations specialist can include: traveling to overseas locations during conflict and crisis, and assisting civilian and military populations, and foreign and United States Governments. You will be required work with a variety of media and information devices including posters, handbills, brochures, leaflets, web postings, blogs or radio and television scripts.