4341

Mass Communicator

MGySgt to Pvt - PMOS

Summary.

Mass Communicators achieve Marine Corps communication objectives by gathering information for use in digital and traditional communication products, on American Forces Network (AFN) radio and television; respond to queries from the civilian media; perform media facilitation during operations/exercises; plan and manage community engagement programs; and assist in the management and production of Marine Corps digital equities. Mass Communication Marines are also responsible for creating and executing a comprehensive marketing program in support of the recruiting mission at the recruiting station level. They work closely with the Marine Corps' advertising agency to ensure awareness of opportunities in the Marine Corps is high within their market. Upon reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant and above, a Marine in OccFld 43 may be assigned billet of Mass Communication Chief in accordance with NAVMC 3500.9B. The Mass Communication Chief supervises trains and coordinates the activities of all enlisted Marines assigned to the PA office. He/She is also the advisor to the Public Affairs Officers in all matters pertaining to public affairs to include, but not limited to, information programs, digital publications, producing/planning a radio or television program, conducting 4313 MOJT programs and planning for community engagement programs. The Mass Communication Chief also executes a set of core competencies to integrate communication into Marine Corps operations and activities in support of operational end states and institutional goals. As the primary military capability that contributes to communication strategy, Mass Communication Chiefs conduct communication-specific planning and integrate communication throughout the Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP). In implementing communication plans, Mass Communication Chiefs proactively engage with Marines and their families, as well as American and foreign publics, in both domestic and operational environments. Mass Communication Chiefs also manage the development and dissemination of tailored communication products (e.g., digital publications, visual information, direct engagement, and digital equities). Mass Communication Chiefs assess the effectiveness of PA research, planning, and execution, and the effect of engagement and communication on domestic and foreign publics in support of operational end states and institutional goals. As communication experts, Mass Communication Chiefs also provide tailored communication training to all levels of command and build a capacity for communication planning/engagement among partner nations. Mass Communication Chiefs are over-all responsible for managing the fiscal requirements, equipment accountability, training development, and career progression for the Marines in the Public Affairs shop.

Prerequisites:

  • Must possess a GT score of 110 or higher not waiverable.
  • Must have a VE 45 or higher.
  • Marines requesting lateral move to MOS 4341 must also be interviewed by, and have the approval of a Public Affairs Officer 04 or above or Public Affairs Staff Noncommissioned Officer E8 or above. CMC (MMEA-6) provides final approval on lateral moves. Marines must also pass the English diagnostic test with a score of 80 or higher administered by a Public Affairs Officer O4 or above or Public Affairs Staff Noncommissioned Officer E8 or above. Must be world-wide deployable at the time the SNM is approved for the lateral move into the MOS.
  • Security Requirement: Secret security clearance eligibility.
  • Marines requesting lateral move must also submit a typed essay between 300 and 500 words describing why they want to be a combat correspondent and how being one will help them serve the Marine Corps and reach their personal goals. The essay will help approving/endorsing officials evaluate written communication skills.
  • Marines requesting lateral move must not have an NJP in grade, be in either a Tier 1 or 2 reenlistment categories and submit letters of recommendation from their current OIC and SNCOIC to the endorsing official.
  • Must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license not waiverable.

Requirements:

  • Complete the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course (BPAS) (A1843C2). When a seat is immediately available the student may be assigned to attend the Electronic Journalism Course (EJC) (A1843G2) after graduating from the BPAS. The EJC is not a requirement for MOS 4341. Assignment of personnel to school seats at EJC is provided as means to core and core-plus training to take advantage of the economy of its proximity in time and distance to the MOS awarding initial skills course. Students will be given orders to their initial assignments if the EJC does not commence within 14 calendar days. Also, see MOS 4313.
  • For Selected Marine Corps Reserve:
    • Must complete twelve months on-the-job training (OJT) in a drilling (SMCR or IMA) Mass Communication (MOS 4341 billet).
    • Complete the BPASC or BPASC ADL (both R and NR) Course.
    • Complete the PAQC or PAQC-ADL (NR and R) Course.

Duties:

  • For a complete listing of duties and tasks; refer to NAVMC 3500.9A, Marine Corps Public Affairs T&R Manual.

Related SOC Classification/SOC Code:

  • Public Relations Specialists 27-3031.
  • Editors 27-3041.
  • Marketing Managers 11-2021.
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 11-2031.
  • Graphic Designers 27-1024.
  • Broadcast News Analysts 27-3021.
  • Reporters and Correspondents 27-3022.
  • Writers and Authors 27-3043.
  • Photographers 27-4021.
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Pictures 27-4031..
  • Film and Video Editors 27-4032.

Related Military Skill:

  • Broadcaster, 4313.
  • Production Specialist, 4612.
  • Combat Photographer, 4641.
  • Combat Camera Chief, 4691.