Public Affairs Officer

With so much of our information classified for the safety and success of our missions, it can be a challenge for the public to understand our goals. Public Affair Officers use their diplomatic expertise to educate the public while safeguarding the details of endeavors from foreign threats. These experts develop a strong working relationship with media representatives as well as serve as liaisons with civilian organizations and other groups to properly share our story without jeopardizing national security.

Relevant Interests and Skills

  • Arts Humanity

Career Tasks

  1. Deliver candid and timely communication counsel and guidance to leaders.
  2. Prepare information for news releases and other media channels.
  3. Research, plan, execute and assess communication strategies and activities.
  4. Develop a strong working relationship with media representatives.
  5. Promote public knowledge and understanding of our missions, organizations and capabilities.

Service Commitment A Duty and an Honor

After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, cadets accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force or Space Force, appointed by the President of the United States. The length of your initial service commitment depends on your career. Most officers have a four-year, active-duty service commitment. Pilots have a 10-year, active-duty service commitment, and both Combat System Officers and Air Battle Managers have a six-year service commitment upon completion of their respective training. Nursing graduates accept a commission in the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve four years on active duty after completing their licensing examination.

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