46Q Public Affairs Specialist
The Army National Guard is a governor’s go-to resource during a community’s time of need. As a Public Affairs Specialist, you’ll get to put the spotlight on all the good work the Guard is doing, whether it’s disaster response, providing security for a major event, training or supporting missions overseas, or promoting a colleague who embodies the spirit of the ultimate Citizen Soldier® – a great leader who is giving back to the community in some way.
The Public Affairs Specialist participates in and assists with the supervision and administration of public affairs programs through news releases, newspaper articles, web-based material, and photographs for use in military and civilian news media. Public Affairs Specialists learn how to research, prepare, and distribute news releases; gather information for news programs and publications; develop ideas for news articles; conduct interviews; and write news releases, feature articles, and editorials. You may also conduct media training.
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• News, feature, and sports writing and research
• Newspaper design and production
• Interviewing techniques
• Photojournalism (photography journalism)
• Public speaking
• Media Relations
• Interest in English, journalism, communications, computers, and photography
• Ability to speak clearly in front of an audience
• Detail oriented
• Enjoy researching facts and issues for news stories
• Can write clearly and concisely
Plus, you’ll be building a better future. 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 journalist, newscaster, disc jockey, writer, director, producer, editor, or correspondent.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for Public Affairs Specialists consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and up to 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work.
- Paid training
- A monthly paycheck
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Federal and State tuition assistance
- Retirement benefits for part-time service
- Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
- 401(k)-type savings plan
- Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
- Health care benefits available
- VA home loans
- Bonuses, if applicable
- Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
- Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
- Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
- Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
- Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.
This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.