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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:
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 include the opportunity to:
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.
Mass Communication Specialists serve overseas, on ships and at stateside commands as photographers, public affairs specialists, or as newspaper, magazine, TV and radio staff. Their workplace is diverse, including locations on board ships, in the field with combat construction units, or in air-conditioned broadcast stations. Shore assignments are normally at public affairs offices. Most work is independent or with small teams, typically 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.
Upon completion of initial seven to nine week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing a Mass Communication Specialist role report to Fort George G. Meade, Md., where they receive formal Navy technical training at “A” School for 25 weeks. Here, they develop a working knowledge of basic still photography, digital imaging, photojournalism, news writing, public affairs, layout and design in preparation for their first assignment.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
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.
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:
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.