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As a Mass Communication Specialist, it’s your job to tell our story. Use your creativity to educate and inform the public about America’s Navy. Travel the world, document military operations and develop high-profile media campaigns. From photography to journalism to graphic design, Navy MCs can do it all. We’re looking for Sailors with talent, originality and who aren’t afraid to think outside the box. Sound like you?
Develop print publications and multimedia content including video, still images, digital graphics, web products, news and feature stories, blogs and press releases
Operate and maintain state-of-the-art photography and video equipment
Conduct research and identify target audiences, analyze data and provide feedback to leadership
Identify communication issues and come up with solutions based on research
Conduct ship and base tours
Assist and work within oversight of Public Affairs Officers (four-year degree required)
Advise and prepare unit commanders for media interaction and press conferences
Develop content strategies and create data stories
Speak to the press on behalf of the command
As an MC, you’ll explore nearly every part of the Navy. You could be overseas on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, in the field with a combat construction unit or in an air-conditioned broadcast station at a stateside command. Your workplace is as diverse as they come.
While there may be some physical work on a ship or in a station, the majority of the job is mentally and creatively focused. You’ll also need to be comfortable working independently or with a small team and with little supervision.
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.
After you attend Boot Camp, you’ll report to Fort George G. Meade, MD to attend “A” School. Here, you’ll learn the basics of still photography, digital imaging, photojournalism, news writing, public affairs, layout and design in preparation for your first assignment.
Promotion opportunity is available, but competitive and based on performance. This is an enlisted rate and not available for an officer in the Navy. If you have a four-year degree, you may be eligible to be a Public Affairs Officer.
Serving as a Mass Communication Specialist can open up doors for you in the media world. Your experience will help you develop knowledge of:
Photography and videography (including aerial and underwater)
Graphic design and layout
Social media and web content
Broadcasting (TV, radio, and online)
Animation and interactive multimedia
Operating and maintaining audiovisual and printing equipment
Coordinating with and escorting media
Research (surveys and data collection)
These essential skills can apply directly to any communications job, such as a photographer, photojournalist, reporter, camera operator, graphic designer, multimedia artist, animator and more.
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, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
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 continue your education through:
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (SOC DNS)
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
Post-9/11 GI Bill
To become an Enlisted Sailor, you must have U.S. citizenship, a high school diploma or equivalent, a normal color perception, vision correctable to 20/20 and meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance.
Anyone specifically considering becoming an MC should have:
Above average writing and speaking skills
Curiosity and an interest in people, ideas and information
A detail-oriented nature
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.