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Combat Documentation / Production Specialist Details


OVERVIEW
Combat documentation/production specialists are primarily responsible for supervising, planning and operating electronic and film-based still, video and audio acquisition equipment in order to document combat and noncombat operations.

JOB DUTIES
  • Operate and perform unit-level maintenance on motion, still and studio television cameras
  • Prepare captions for documentation images
  • Operate electronic and film-based processing, editing, audio and printing darkroom equipment


TRAINING
Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 26 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

Advanced Individual Training: 26 weeks, 2 days at Fort Meade, MD

Some of the skills you'll learn are:
  • Motion picture equipment operation
  • Audio recording and using sound equipment
  • Scripting and special effects techniques


HELPFUL SKILLS
  • Interest in creative/artistic work
  • Preference for working as part of a team
  • Experience in school plays or making home movies
  • Interest in photography, graphics, art, speech and drama


REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Electronics (EL): 93
Skilled Technical (ST): 91

FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with civilian film production companies, government audiovisual studios, radio and television stations, and advertising agencies. You'll be qualified to pursue a career as a motion picture camera operator, audiovisual production specialist, sound mixer, recording engineer, or broadcasting and recording technician.