MOS 46Q—Public Affairs Specialist

Qualifications for initial award of MOS 46Q, Public Affairs Specialist:

PULHES: 211121
Physical Demands Rating: medium
Required ASVAB Score: GT: 107
Enlistment Bonus: None
Security Clearance: Secret
U.S. Citizenship: Required
AIT Length / Location: 11 weeks, 1 day at Ft Meade, Maryland
Other Requirements

Public Affairs Specialist (MOS 46Q) Description / Major Duties:

Public affairs specialists are the designated Active Army and Reserve Component forces and units organized, trained and equipped specifically to conduct public affairs operations in support of commanders and operations. The CMF is primarily non-accession in the Active Army and primarily initial accession in the Reserve Components (ARNG/USAR). The public affairs specialist participate in and assist with the supervision and administration of Army public affairs programs primarily through news releases, articles, web-based material, photographs of Army material for use in the internal and external news media. The public affairs specialist instructs Media Awareness training to Army personnel and facilitates media relations.

Duties for MOS 46Q at each skill level are:

MOSC 46Q1O. (Personnel Only). MOS used to identify Soldiers accessed into MOS 46Q (non-prior service (NPS) and in-service (IS)) prior to obtaining grade SGT.

MOSC 46Q2O. Researches, prepares, disseminates news releases, articles, web-based material and photographs on Army personnel and activities.

MOSC 46Q3O. Perform duties shown in preceding level of skill. Provide tactical and technical guidance to subordinates and professional support to both subordinates and superiors in accomplishment of their duties. Supervise the administration of Army public affairs programs. Supervises and prepares information for release on Army matters through news releases, articles, web-based material and photographs. Prepares work schedules and assigns tasks based on requirements.

Other Requirements for Award of MOS 46Q:

(1) Normal Color Vision

(2) MOS training is mandatory for Active Army (in-service-accession and non-prior-service accessions eligible for the SPC) and non-prior-service Reserve Component Soldiers.

(3) Active Army and non-prior service Reserve Component Soldiers must graduate the Basic Public Affairs Specialist-Writer Course at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Ft George G. Meade, MD. Prior service Reserve Component Soldiers, who have not graduated the Basic Public Affairs Specialist-Writer Course, must complete Phase I MOS 46Q Army Correspondence Course and Phase II Public Affairs Reclassification Course (DINFOS).

(4) Show proof by official transcript of having successfully completed at lease 2 years of high school English.

(5) Must possess a valid State motor vehicle operator license.

(6) No information in the Provost Marshall, intelligence, MPF or medical records that would prevent the granting of a security access under the provisions of AR 380-87.

(7) No derogatory or adverse information that would preclude the granting a SECRET security eligibility (provided within the SF Form 86).

(8) No records of conviction by a court-martial.

(9) Successful completion of basic computer or keyboarding course at high school, trade or technical school, college or university. Successful display of typing 20 words per minute (WPM) or a typing test administered with industry-standard computer software (e.g. Mavis Beacon) can be used in lieu of course completion.

(10) Active Army accessions into MOS 46Q: (See note).
1. Active Army in-service Soldiers who are reclassifying into MOS 46Q must be a SPC(P) or SGT non-promotable. Soldiers must complete MOS 46Q training and PA BNCOC training.
2. Active Army non-prior-service accessions must have either a 2-year or 4-year degree and be eligible for PFC or SPC rank.
3. Active Army prior service accession candidates must be eligible for SPC rank.
4. Active Army waiver requests should be submitted to HRC, EPMD, CMF46 Branch Manager, contact (703) 325-2578.
NOTE: Rank requirements for in-service accessions and education requirements for non-prior-service are applicable to the Active Army only.

(11) Reserve Component (ARNG/USAR) accessions into MOS 46Q:
1. ARNG/USAR access non-prior service and prior service skill level-one Soldiers in the ranks between PVT through SPC.
2. ARNG/USAR applicants must be high school graduates, and otherwise meet the general minimum requirements for MOS 46Q. For applicants who hold a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), waiver requests should be submitted to the Director, U.S. Army Public Affairs Center.

(12) All exceptions to policy for training or reclassification must be submitted to Director, U.S. Army Public Affairs Center, 8607 6th ACR Road, Ft George G. Meade, MD 20755-5650, for final approval.

Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 46Q:

N / A

Article Last Modified: May 10, 2011

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