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Public Affairs Specialist (46Q)
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Public Affairs Specialist (46Q)

Newspapers, web sites, broadcast television and radio programs are an important source of general information about people and events in the Army. They also help tell the Army story by assisting with media relations and helping to prepare other Soldiers to be interviewed.

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. Some of your duties as a Public Affairs Specialist may include:

  • 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
  • Collect information for commercial media use
  • Write news releases, feature articles and editorials
  • Conduct media training
  • Work as an escort or liaison to civilian media


Job training for a Public Affairs Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part learning hands-on how to operate a camera, edit newspapers and photographs. You'll also put together a real newspaper contributing stories and photographs. Some of the skills you learn are:

News, feature and sports writing and research

Newspaper format and layout

Interviewing techniques

Photojournalism (photography journalism)

Public speaking

Helpful Skills

Helpful skills include:

An interest in English, journalism, communications, computers and photography

An ability to speak clearly in front of an audience

An ability to keep detailed and accurate records

An ability to meet deadlines

An interest in researching facts and issues for news stories

An ability to write clearly and concisely

An interest in written media and public relations

Advanced Responsibilities

Advanced level Public Affairs Specialists supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. Advanced level Public Affairs Specialists are also responsible for:

Developing ideas for stories, conducting interviews and taking photographs of soldiers and units in action

Researching, preparing, and disseminating news releases and Web-based ma

Writing news, sports and feature articles and editorials for military news

Serving as an editor of a military community newspaper

Working with the civilian media as an escort, liaison or spokesperson

Related Civilian Jobs

The skills you learn as a Public Affairs Specialist will help prepare you for a future with newspapers, magazines, wire services and radio and television stations. You'll be qualified to pursue a career as a newscaster, disc jockey, writer, director, producer, editor or correspondent.

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