Military communications jobs may see service members specialize in reporting, sound and video production, media relations and other creative roles.
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Arts and media directors are experts in graphic arts, digital photography, layout design, cinematography, and video production. They create a variety of visual communications products for various outlets, and supervise personnel involved in the creation of such materials.
Audiovisual and broadcast technicians plan, supervise, and coordinate the operation, maintenance, deployment, and management of systems, facilities, and personnel engaged in visual information operations. They play a high-level, but hands on, role in the production process.
Communications equipment repairers install, sustain, troubleshoot, and repair standard voice, data, video network, communication security (COMSEC), and cryptographic devices in fixed and deployed environments, to ensure the ability to communicate and the Military’s continued success. Communications equipment repairers usually work in repair shops and laboratories on land or aboard ships.
Graphic designers and desktop publishers use their creativity in the areas of production, maintenance, and coordination related to visual products and presentations. They use computer software or manually develop the overall layout and production design for various media such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.
Instrumentalists play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, and as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group. For instrumentalists, knowledge of musical conducting, rehearsal techniques, transpositions, and the ability to read printed music are mandatory.
Music composers and arrangers write and transcribe musical scores. They adapt music into customized musical arrangements and create original music for various musical ensembles. Knowledge of music theory, transpositions, capabilities of instruments, and the ability to arrange and compose music using industry standard software are mandatory.
Military music directors direct and conduct instrumental and vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, or choirs. They ensure that musicians play with one coherent sound, balancing the melody, timing, rhythm, and volume. They usually work in offices and band halls, but may work outdoors when conducting or practicing for parades.
Musicians in the Military play not only for members of their own service branch, but also to engage the public. They play indoors in theaters, concert halls, and at dances, and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts. They perform many types of music, including marches, classical, jazz, and popular music. They also travel regularly.
Military photographers and videographers have an important job in communicating and recording military activity. Photographers photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, and other subjects, using digital or film cameras and other equipment. Videographers use a variety of electronic media to record videos for television, internet, and film.
Vocalists read, sing, and memorize vocal parts for public performances. They perform in a variety of musical performance units, such as chorus, popular musical ensemble, jazz band, country band, quartet, and soloist. Vocalists perform to boost morale, entertain, and assist with military ceremonies. They are part of a group of talented musicians who support the Military’s mission around the world.