The services have public affairs and media relations officers to keep the public informed about the military.
officers answer questions from the news media, members of Congress, private citizens, and service personnel.
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 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
Job training consists of classroom instruction.
Course content typically includes:
- Department of Defense policies
- Principles of public information and community relations
Public information officers usually work in offices.
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.