There is a high demand in the Army for trained and skilled public affairs specialists. Dealing with groups of people, both at home stateside and overseas, and representing the interests of the United States Army can be a very rewarding, but also involved and challenging career. The person that deals with media and dissemination of information is called the Army Public Affairs Specialist. The United States Army uses their personnel trained in Public Affairs to work with the media, and to release information, press releases, news and Army event releases, newspaper stories, and other materials to the public and media at large. The United States Army public affairs specialist works to coordinate, support and assist with civilian, military, and Army public affairs issues with the media.
Working with the broadcast radio and television media is only a part of the job that the trained and skilled Army Public Affairs specialist works on. They are also routes of information to allow the Army story to be told and the true nature and news elements of the US Army mission to be revealed to the public and the media. The Public affairs specialist helps to schedule these types of events and works to support and encourage the distribution of information, media releases, and Army events to the press, and to the public. The Army public affairs specialist assists in helping with media requests, and helps schedule access to specific Army resources, units, and personnel. They respond to requests for interviews, and help assist the media in getting information about the Army. They provide individual Servicemember information to specific media requests, and they assist in posting information to various sources, such as the web or the Internet, as well as traditional media outlets.
Training for the position of Army Public Affairs specialist begins with Army boot camp. After 9 weeks of basic training, then the candidate for Army Public Affairs specialist attends 12 weeks of advanced media and information training at the Army training facility at Fort Meade, Maryland. You will learn how to deal with the public, with members of the media, as well as specific other training.
You will learn how to perform journalistic tasks such as copywriting, copy reading, and editing. You will learn how to use standard and digital photographic equipment, as well as how to construct and assemble news releases, news stories, media production and design.