Combat Documentation / Production Specialist (25V)
- Active Duty
- Army Reserve
- Open to Women
- Entry Level
Combat documentation/production specialists are primarily responsible for supervising, planning and operating electronic and film-based still, video and audio acquisition equipment in order to document combat and noncombat operations.
- Operate and perform unit level maintenance on motion, still and studio television cameras
- Prepare captions for documentation images
- Operate electronic and film-based processing, editing, audio and printing darkroom equipment
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Job training for a combat documentation/production specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Motion picture equipment operation
- Audio recording and using sound equipment
- Scripting and special effects techniques
- Interest in creative/artistic work
- Preference for working as part of a team
- Experience in school plays or making home movies
- Interest in photography, graphics, art, speech and drama
Required ASVAB Score(s)Electronics (EL) : 93, Skilled Technical (ST) : 91
Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.
CompensationTotal compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.
Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with civilian film production companies, government audiovisual studios, radio and television stations and advertising agencies. You’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a motion picture camera operator, audiovisual production specialist, sound mixer, recording engineer or broadcasting and recording technician.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.
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