MIL Military photographers?

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    I've been thinking about what course my life is going to take after college. Joining the military has always been in the back of my mind. Having several older family members that served, as well as the complete change of lifestyle is something that intrigues me. I've been a photographer for a few years, and recently started reading about photographers that served in every branch of the military.

    I'm wondering if there is a specific MOS/rating/etc that focuses on photography/photojournalism? I've found a few websites that feature people in each branch that have been stationed in Iraq and take photos, but nothing specific. Maybe they have a combat MOS and they simply tote their cameras with them :dunno:

    25V http://www.goarmy.com/JobDetail.do?id=8 (this one looks the closest)
    46Q http://www.goarmy.com/JobDetail.do?id=1

    Any info would be appreciated.
     
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    Drunk Bastard Audio New Member

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    Navy = PH (Photographers Mate)....but by now they might've merged w/ JO's (Journalists)
     
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    they merged all of those ratings into MC - mass communications

    oh and if you have a degree, look into just becoming an officer aswell
     
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    Not sure I'm officer material. Leadership isn't one of my strong points
     
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    Combat Camera.
     
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    When you're making less than 1/2 of what an officer is making. You'll wish you got comissioned. I tell all of my friends to finish school before coming to the military.

    I'm putting in my package to go MC as soon as I come back from leave :cool:. MC school is around 6-7 months at Fort Meade Maryland DINFOS.
     
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    thank you. :wavey:
     
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    It could be a possibility... I'm sure the training is enough to bring out the leader in most people.
     
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    ahhh DINFOS.
    I was a Civil Servant with the 315th AW/PA
     
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    ManinCamo I wear big boy pants.

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    1st Combat Camera Squadron, Air Mobility Command - the AF's picture people.

    Be warned, there are also other non-combat photographers -- you'll be running around base and town all the time to every medium to large sized event taking photo's.
     
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    I'd much rather be in a combat zone than taking PR pictures.
    (saying that now, with no prior military experience or combat experience :hs: )
     
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    :bigthumb: 1st CC is here at Charleston AFB, i've worked with them a few times.
     
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    Public Affairs sounds like the job for you.
    these are the guys and girls i used to work with, PA does the website so shoot them an e-mail and ask them about the PA life.
    http://www.315aw.afrc.af.mil/
     
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    yea, if you do join the military you will realize it doesnt require much leadership to be an officer...not saying thats a good thing but, you will only be one in a large group of people if you have none...and yes they send you to leadership courses...retarded shit though
     
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    good to know I may be joining an elite bunch :mamoru:
     
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    depending on your assignment you might be in charge of no people at all.
     
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    I'm more interested in the Army or Marines... most likely Army.

    I found the Army Public Affairs website, but there is no useful information on there... I'd contact a recruiter, but I don't want the hassle that comes with that.
     
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    Not bashing on the Army but Airforce is the way to go. Just do alot of research before you make any choices.
     
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    LOL well, its just as bad in the enlisted bunch, just the numbers difference makes the ratio of it confusing...
     
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    non required...as a fresh O-1 you aren't gonna get much other than shit on by anyone who's been in longer than 6 months:o. You'll make O-2 if you know how to put on a uniform, show up to work on time and can walk a straight line, it's like a time in service thing. Making O-3 is a little harder, by the time you get to that point you might have had a Division or something to lead if you make O-3 you'll be better than you were. Anything after O-3 is a different story all together:o
     
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    So I talked to a guy who was in the position of either flying blackhawks or shooting stills/film in Afghanistan, and he told me 25V was the way to go.

    He also said that no matter what MOS you choose, you can take photographs. I'm wondering how possible it would be for an infantry solider in Iraq/Afghanistan to take photos while on a mission :dunno: Seems like taking time to shoot your camera instead of your weapon would be detrimental to those around you :hsughno:

    I think it'd definitely be better to be in a photography dedicated MOS, so that when I get out I'll have some formal training that would translate into potential job material as well...
     
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    I thought Air Force photographers were going civilian?
     
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    Damn, this guy also said officers spend much less time actually taking photographs, and more time coordinating events, writing up reports, and shit like that :hsd:
     
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    they spend less time doing all that than enlisted members do working...in the navy atleast, and when they are JO's
     
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    fuck, I can't make up my mind :mad:
     

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