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Public Affairs Officers


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Work Environment

Public affairs officers usually work in offices.

  • Military Status


  • Average Military Salary



Public Affairs Officers research, plan, budget, execute, and evaluate operations involving the public. They liaise with the news media and provide guidance to senior leaders on decisions that impact mission success.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Job training for public affairs officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to speak effectively in public
  • Ability to write clearly and simply
  • Interest in news and current events
  • Interpersonal skills

Related Civilian Careers

  • Editors, Public Relations Specialists, Public Relations and Fundraising Managers