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Mass Communication Specialist

02 August 2007
First of all I need to start off by stating how thankful I am that Mass Communication Specialist(MC) was open to me when I went to MEPS. My paper work tells me that there are about 1400 individuals in this rating. That is 1,400 MCs out of about 340,000 active duty Sailors. So the odds were against me but I was very fortunate.

With that out of the way I will describe what an MC is and what they do:
(my rating insignia)

Mass Communication Specialists are Public Affairs and Visual Information experts. They present the Navy story to audiences in the Navy and to the rest of the world through a variety of media. MCs write and produce print and broadcast journalism news and feature stories for military and civilian newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcast stations. They record still and video photography of military operations, exercises, and other Navy events. They serve overseas, on ships, and at stateside commands as photographers, public affairs specialists, newspaper and magazine staff, and TV and radio station staff and talent. MCs also create graphic designs in support of the public affairs mission, create and manage official websites, and perform high-speed, high-volume graphic reproduction.

What they do
The duties performed by MCs include:
  • Prepare and write news and feature articles for publication
  • Photograph events for publication and historic documentation
  • Operate and maintain a variety of state-of-the-art still and video cameras
  • Operate computer-based graphics software and desktop publishing systems
  • Create original visual information displays and graphics
  • Multi-media design and production
  • Design and manage public and secure websites
  • Layout and design military newspapers and magazines
  • Manage radio and television stations
  • Operate video and electronic imaging equipment
  • Operate digital electronic reproduction equipment
  • Edit video news, features, and documentation
  • Shoot still photographs and video for accident or incident investigations
  • Conduct interviews
  • Market stories
  • Perform as a Public Affairs Officer

Related Civilian Jobs
  • Screen Writer
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Copy Writer
  • Reporter
  • Editor (Film)
  • Editor (Video)
  • Camera Operator (Television)
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multi-media Artist and Animator

Once Recruit Training Camp is over in late October/early November I will be heading to Ft. Meade, Maryland. There I will be attending my "A" school for 25 weeks. In "A" school you have more freedom than in RTC, meaning I will have internet access again. From what I've heard "A" School is much like college, just a little more strict. Earning more privileges as I progress. From here on expect a few updates before I go to RTC, I will be somewhat busy in this last month of civilian life, but I will have enough time to update a bit I am sure.

27 days!


  1. Anonymous said...

    hey, i'm also joining the navy as a MC. i'm very excited about the job. i was wondering, after boot cfamp when you go to "A" school for mass communications, do you get to pick your courses like say basic still photography or is it already scheduled for you?

    June 15, 2008 at 11:41 PM  

  2. Kenneth said...

    You dont get to pick the courses, there's the basic MC course afterwards, depending on what billet you get, you'll be eligible for a "C" school (i.e. VPD-Video production course or IPC- intermediate photojournalism course and so on). I went through DINFOS the first time as a PH in 2002 (one of the original rates that now make up MC) and then the second time around in 2007 for the VPD course.


    July 24, 2008 at 5:14 PM  

  3. Curtis said...

    Hi, I'm Seaman Melton stationed on the U.S.S. Lake Champlain at 32nd St. Naval Base in San Diego. I'm undesignated at the moment and want to become an MC. I joined as undes because MC was unavailable and I was told if I went undes I could pick up the rate at a later time. So my time to submit my MC package is coming up soon and I was wondering if you had any advice for me on this? Is there something I can do to make myself look better for the detailer?

    September 14, 2008 at 9:58 PM  

  4. Anonymous said...

    MC is a closed rate! You can not strike into it. You have to submit a package to bupers and be selected. The rate is not a lazy rate for those wishing for a cushy job in to Navy. Manning for Carriers decreased by half so the MC's are doing as much work if not more with less personnel. If you are dedicated to do the job of an MC please pick another rate, no one wants to have to carry someone elses weight because they are lazy and are just "here for a pay check". MC2(AW) Blair SUBASE NLON

    November 13, 2008 at 2:27 PM  

  5. Anonymous said...

    hey ive gotta question. after "A" school in md where are you goin to be shipped most likely? do you have a clue?? do you get to pick?? fill me in on that if you dont mind

    February 10, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

  6. Anonymous said...

    My husband is an MC DEP recruit right now going to basic october first, does anyone know if I will be able to accompany him to A school in maryland? How long is a school?

    August 23, 2009 at 2:28 AM  

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