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Arts & Photography

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Arts & Photography

Imagine filming an undersea warfare exercise in the Pacific or photographing a sunrise off the coast of Japan. As a Mass Communication Specialist (MC) with America’s Navy, you’ll be able to place your work alongside some of the most memorable images in the world.

Imagine filming an undersea warfare exercise in the Pacific or photographing a sunrise off the coast of Japan. As a Mass Communication Specialist (MC) with America’s Navy, you’ll be able to place your work alongside some of the most memorable images in the world.

While it's happening. Wherever it may be.
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About This Job

Navy Mass Communication Specialists (MCs) travel around the world where their skills in photography, writing, illustration or design can be employed from many angles, in a variety of media. They educate the public and document interesting people, exciting places and important events.

The responsibilities of an MC include:

  • Recording and editing still and video photography of military operations and exercises and other Navy events
  • Writing, editing and producing print and broadcast journalism news and feature stories for military and civilian newspapers, magazines, and television and radio broadcast stations
  • Performing graphic design in support of the public affairs mission; designing and managing official Web sites; and performing high-speed, high-volume graphic reproduction
  • Working within the oversight of Public Affairs Officers (four-year degree required) who manage the Navy’s image and mass communications efforts


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Whether you’re taking press photos of cutting-edge submarines or profiling the Chief of Naval Personnel, you’ll showcase the Navy in a way that will make the most of your versatility.

Additional duties may involve the opportunity to:

  • Serve as a professional photographer
  • Operate and maintain state-of-the-art photography and video equipment
  • Cover troops in the field as a Combat Cameraman
  • Photograph events for publication and historic documentation
  • Assist Public Affairs Officers in preparing for media briefings
  • Manage radio and television stations
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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Mass Communication Specialists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. For Annual Training, MCs may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or bases and installations on shore.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Mass Communication Specialists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

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Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy training in the field of mass communication can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:

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A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the mass communication field in the Navy. Mass Communication Specialists should have above average writing and speaking skills, creativity, curiosity and an interest in people, ideas and information. MCs must be U.S. citizens, have normal color perception, have vision correctable to 20/20 and meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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US Navy servicemen raise US flag.