46Q:Public Affairs Specialist

Much like their civilian counterparts act as company representatives to the media, the Army Public Affairs Specialist acts as a liaison between the Army and the press. A background or interest in journalism is extremely useful, and strong communications and writing skills are crucial for soldiers in this job, military occupational specialty (MOS) 46Q.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

MOS 46Q works to develop news articles by either conducting interviews with appropriate people or gathering information from military news programs and publications. Sometimes the information gathering will include more than one of these sources. This job is likely to include crisis communications, which involves dealing with the media during an emergency or other problematic situation. Another important part of this Army job is training other soldiers and officers for speaking to the press, by following protocols and walking them through possible scenarios. MOS 46Q will also act as a spokesperson, developing and maintaining relationships with beat reporters and other members of the media.

Military Duties Translated:

Public relations managers are tasked with fielding media questions and pitching stories to the media, preparing media kits and organizing press conferences. In addition to writing press releases, they write speeches for organizational leaders, develop advertising and marketing communications material and prepare articles for corporate newsletters. Public relations managers also release information to counter negative publicity and handle crisis and emergency communications.

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