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News releases. Interviews. Controlling the media message. These are all important aspects to presenting America’s Navy in the world spotlight in a positive way. Public Affairs Officers are among the key decision makers who manage the Navy’s image every day.
In an organization as large and complex as America’s Navy, it’s critically important to manage the flow of news and information for the Navy, the media and the public. Public Affairs Officers (PAOs) choose the best media to deliver information, respond to reporters and provide needed insight to top-level Navy decision makers.
As a Public Affairs Officer, you may:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, PAOs in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For Annual Training, PAOs 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.
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.
Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.
For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.
Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Public Affairs Officers can advance their education by:
A four-year degree is required to work as a Public Affairs Officer. Candidates seeking this Officer position must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a communications field, such as journalism, advertising, radio/TV, cinematography, speech, marketing, motion picture production, industrial relations or photojournalism.