- Research and analyze methods of influencing foreign population from a variety of information sources.
- Develop marketing and media products that includes handbills, trifolds, brochures, leaflets, posters, television
commercials, web postings and/or radio scripts.
- Operate and maintain Psychological Operations equipment such as ground tactical vehicles and shelter
systems, loudspeaker systems, state of the art computer, analog and digital recording and playback devices and
- Disseminate products that include the development, production and broadcasting of relevant information television, radio, internet and newspaper media.
- Travel to overseas locations in peace, crisis and conflict to assist U.S. and foreign governments, militaries civilian populations
Job training for a Psychological Operations Specialist requires nine weeks of Basic Combat Training, where you’ll learn
basic Soldiering skills, and 14 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) where you’ll learn the skills of a
Psychological Operations specialist.
For active-duty Soldiers, graduation from AIT will be followed by three weeks of Airborne training and then four to six
months of Language training. For Reserve PSYOP Specialists, airborne and language training are not required for
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
Acquiring analytical skills and ability to conduct research using a variety of methods to include standard library
research, use of web browsers and other search engines and services.
Developing, producing, and disseminating relevant messages and media products.
Obtaining computer skills that include graphic design and innovative methods of information dissemination
Training with equipment to include vehicles, weapon systems and other PSYOP unique systems
Preparing cultural studies and target analysis reports.
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The skills you’ll learn as a Psychological Operations Specialist may help prepare you for a future with the Department
of Defense, State, other federal government agencies or related fields in the commercial industry. The training you
receive in researching, analyzing, documenting, developing and distributing information may prepare you for other
fields, such as public relations, sales, marketing and advertising. Because of the time you will spend studying foreign
cultures and social systems, you might be interested in a future career in the diplomatic service or as an
anthropologist, journalist, social scientist, statistician, market analyst, advertising consultant, or sales manager.