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Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist (46R)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


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.

Job Duties

  • Research, prepare and disseminate information through news releases, radio and television products
  • Perform as writer, reporter, editor, videographer, producer and program host in radio and television productions
  • Maintenance of assigned equipment, vehicles and generators


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 public affairs broadcast specialists requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions.

Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, where you’ll learn hands-on how to operate a video camera and program a 30-minute disc jockey show. You’ll also participate in a live-to-tape television newscast where you’ll work as anchor, control -room operator, director and cameraperson.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Videography and video editing
  • Voice skills for anchoring television news and performing as a disc jockey
  • Writing news, feature and sports copy for radio and television
  • Radio and television programming and production
  • Public speaking
  • Media relations

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in English, journalism, communications, computers and photography
  • Ability to speak clearly in front of an audience
  • Detail oriented
  • Enjoy researching facts and issues for news stories
  • Can write clearly and concisely

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Technical (GT) : 107

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

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 future with wire services, radio and television stations and other visual information opportunities. You’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a newscaster, disc jockey, writer, director, producer, editor or correspondent.


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


  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.



Hi I’m Staff Sergeant Marshall Pesta. I’m a broadcast specialist in the United States Army. Originally I’m from Cleveland, Ohio and I’d like to tell you a little bit about my Army Story. I joined the Army in 2003, did basic training at Fort Jackson and went to broadcast school at Fort Meade, Maryland for the Defense Information School. During my time in the Army I’ve deployed twice to Baghdad, Iraq in efforts to tell the Soldier story. One of the most important things I’ve discovered in the Army is the value of people. The stories we get to tell everyday about the Soldiers that are America’s heroes inspire us on a daily basis and hopefully inspire the American people just as much. It’s a tremendous amount of sacrifice that goes on every day in the Army and I’m really proud to be able to tell that story. I’ve had the greatest opportunity to work with experts in our field to learn video, photography and the way to communicate our message back to the American people. They give up their sons and daughters to the Army and it’s almost an obligation to let them know how they’re doing when they’re downrange and the things they’re accomplishing every day. It takes a lot of strength to carry on through some of the difficult things you experience through the Army. But at the end of the day, when you look back at the things that you’ve accomplished and the people that you affect, I think it makes everything worth it.