Public Affairs Specialists help create and disseminate the National Guard’s stories in print form, primarily through news releases, newspaper articles, Web-based material and photographs. By researching, interviewing sources, and writing news releases and feature articles, Public Affairs Specialists present the Guard to military and civilian news media.
Public Affairs Broadcast Specialists are involved in creating, filming, reporting, hosting and editing news and entertainment radio and television programs. Working with Guard units or Armed Forces Radio Television Service (AFRTS), Public Affairs Broadcast Specialists are primarily responsible for distributing Guard-related news, information and events to military and civilian outlets.
The skills that Public Affairs Specialists and Broadcast Specialists acquire in the Guard will prepare them for careers in the news, broadcast, sports, communications, public relations and publishing fields. The National Guard is more than just a great way to serve your country. It’s also one of the very best places to find excellent career training and pay for school. You’ll be paid to learn job skills that fit you and your interests. And you’ll get real-world training you can use right now—along with hands-on experience that will give you a head start toward your career. If you are looking to pay for school, the National Guard has you covered, with benefits like:
-100% Tuition Assistance—up to $18,000 over four years
-The Montgomery GI Bill
-The Post-9/11 GI Bill
-Army National Guard Kicker
-National Guard Scholarships that can pay up to full tuition plus an allowance
-The Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
The National Guard’s unique dual mission—serving both the state and federal governments—offers you opportunities you won’t find in other branches. You’ll live and work where you choose. You’ll be combat-trained and equipped to defend America anywhere in the world, but you’ll be just as likely to serve in your home community—usually by training just one weekend per month and one two-week period each year.
Earn while you learn
Get paid to learn! Join the Guard and you will learn valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for Soldiers in the Public Affairs/Administrative Field consists of ten weeks of Basic Combat Training plus 7-12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, depending on your specialty. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Based on your job, your training might include learning to operate audio or photographic equipment while creating, editing and distributing news and programming for military TV, radio, newspaper and media about the Guard's involvement in missions in every state and territory and around the world.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications. Actual Military Operations Specialty (MOS) assignment may depend on MOS availability. Benefits are subject to change.
-A monthly paycheck
-Montgomery G.I. Bill
-Up to 100 percent Tuition Assistance for college or vocational training (up to $4,500 per fiscal year, 1 October – 30 September)
-Retirement benefits for part-time service
-Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
-401(k)-type savings plan
-Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
-High School Diploma or GED
-Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
-Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
-Must meet citizenship requirements
For more information and to apply online, please click the Apply button below, which will redirect to you to the National Guard's website. You can also call 1-800-GO-GUARD for more details (when speaking with a recruiter, please mention you heard about this opportunity from AfterCollege).