Marine Corps

4641:Combat Photographer (MOS 4641)

Combat photographers use various camera equipment and types of cameras to photograph people, places, and various deployments with the intent of acting as the civil affairs/historical intelligence gatherer.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

Marine Combat Photographers (MOS 4641) are responsible for still images captured on film and through digital mediums. Combat Photographers use digital cameras and equipment to take photos in a variety of conditions and environments. It includes challenging photo-ops like capturing still images at night and underwater. Photographers need to have the mental fortitude to survive while snapping photos in combat, as well as in inclement weather. The photos are used for civil affairs, research, recruitment, intelligence, investigations, and documentation purposes.

Military Duties Translated:

Marine Corps Photographers and Videographers have an optimistic job outlook in the civilian world. Combat Photographers and Videographers have a direct civilian equivalent, even if the working conditions are far different. It is a contrast to many other Military Occupational Specialties which lack a civilian equivalent. Therefore, many former MOS 4641 and MOS 4671 work for various media outlets in creative roles like photography, videography, editing, producing, and directing.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Photographer