Job Family: Arts, Communications, Media, and Design Public Affairs and Media Relations Officers
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard

Supplemental Information
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Photo 1: Information officer fields questions.
Photo 2: Woman gives a press briefing.

Francisco Hamm
Occupation: Public Information Officer

I’m a military brat, born and raised overseas, but I didn’t always know that I’d go into the military. In college, I decided to join Air Force ROT…

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Rodney Rios
Occupation: Public Affairs and Media Relations Officer

I knew in the Coast Guard I would be presented with many opportunities to positively influence people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Short Description
The services have public affairs and media relations officers to keep the public informed about the military. These officers answer questions from the news media, members of Congress, private citizens, and service personnel. They also prepare reports and news releases about activities on military bases and service policies and operations.

What They Do
Public affairs and media relations officers in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise the preparation of reports and other releases to the public and the military
  • Brief military personnel before they meet with the public and the news media
  • Provide information to media outlets and civic organizations
  • Schedule interviews, briefings, and news conferences
  • Plan activities to improve public relations and publicize events
  • Develop information strategies, solutions, and risk assessments

Helpful Attributes
Helpful fields of study include journalism, communications, public relations, and advertising. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to speak effectively in public
  • Ability to write clearly and simply
  • Interest in news and current events
  • Interpersonal Skills

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Course content typically includes:
  • Department of Defense policies
  • Principles of public information and community relations

Work Environment
Public information officers usually work in offices.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian public affairs and media relations officers work for large corporations, government agencies, colleges and universities, and community groups. They perform duties similar to those performed by military public information officers. They may also be called public relations representatives and corporate communications specialists.

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