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  • Soldier conducting U.S. Army Band.

    Band Officer (42C)

    Every year, the Army band program selects one or two highly qualified individuals via competitive auditions to serve as Army bands officers. These officers rotate through a variety of positions, including associate conductor, administrator and instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music.

    After several years of experience, a band officer may also serve as commander and principal conductor of an Army band.

    • Active/Reserve: Active Duty
    • Officer/Enlisted: Officer
    • Restrictions: None
  • Soldier preparing to capture images of a training event.

    Combat Documentation / Production Specialist (25V)

    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.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions: None
  • Soldier taking a photo.

    Multimedia Illustrator (25M)

    Multimedia illustrators are primarily responsible for operating multimedia-imaging equipment in order to produce visual displays and documents. They produce graphic artwork that is used in Army publications, signs, charts, posters, television and motion picture productions.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions: None
  • Soldier playing a flute.

    Musician (42R)

    Musicians specialize in one (or more) of the following instruments/specialties: tuba, trombone, euphonium, bassoon, electric bass guitar, saxophone, flute or piccolo, oboe, clarinet, French horn, percussion, cornet or trumpet, guitar, keyboard, vocalist, and music production.

    Musicians perform in a variety of ensembles ranging from ceremonial band to jazz band to small ensembles, playing all styles of music. They are primarily responsible for performing and rehearsing as a professional musician within different ensembles of an Army band.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions: None
  • Soldiers walking down a trail.

    Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist (46R)

    Army public affairs broadcast specialists are involved in creating, filming, reporting, hosting and editing news and entertainment radio and television programs. They are primarily responsible for participating in and supervising the operation of audio or video news for Army units or Armed Forces Radio Television Service.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions: None
  • Soldier conducting an interview.

    Public Affairs Officer (46A)

    The Army Public Affairs Officer’s (PAO) primary responsibilities are to assess the public affairs situation, advise senior leaders on public affairs issues, and assist them in making well-informed decisions, and translate the decisions into effective public affairs operations. PAOs plan and execute communication strategies to achieve desired objectives, and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs. The PAO analyzes the situation, anticipates issues, assesses implications, and develops comprehensive operations to meet the news and information needs of internal and external audiences. The PAO also facilitates media relations with domestic and international news media. The PAO supervises photojournalists and broadcasters who create information for print, broadcast and digital media.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Officer
    • Restrictions: None
  • Soldier capturing a photo.

    Public Affairs Specialist (46Q)

    The Army public affairs specialist participates in and assists with the supervision and administration of Army public affairs programs primarily through news releases, newspaper articles, Web-based material and photographs for use in military and civilian news media.

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions: None
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    Special Band Musician (42S)

    The special band musician performs as a musician or in direct support of the mission of the U.S. Army Band, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Military Academy Band or the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps.

    • Active/Reserve: Active Duty
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions: None
  • Soldier preparing to capture images of a training event.

    Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer (25R)

    A visual information equipment operator-maintainer is responsible for installing, operating, maintaining and performing unit and higher levels of maintenance on visual information equipment and systems. 

    • Active/Reserve: Both
    • Officer/Enlisted: Enlisted
    • Restrictions: None