Updated: April 2021

**The 3N0X5 and 3N0X2 AFSCs have been merged into the 3N0X6 AFSC. This update will be reflected soon.

What does a 3N0X5 do?

Plans, organizes, coordinates, and conducts command information, community engagement, and media operations communications activities. Engages in digital and print photojournalism, to include photographing, writing, editing and managing content for base websites and other social media platforms, periodicals, guides, pamphlets and fact sheets. Prepares and releases news for internal audiences and media, arranges and conducts tours, and other community engagement activities. Researches and writes speeches. Accomplishes and processes photography. Documents visual history of Air Force mission. Captures, stores, enhances, crops, captions, prints, or transmits images via secure and unsecure transmission systems.

Where and How Long is the Tech School For a 3N0X5?

Tech School

60 Days - Ft Meade, MD


Mass Communications

What Does the 3N0X5 Duty Badge Look Like?

Public Affairs Badge

What are the Demographics for the 3N0X5 Career Field?







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What are the Requirements to Become a 3N0X5?


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  • Ability to type 20 words per minute (wpm).
  • Normal color vision.
  • Absence of any speech impediment, and ability to read aloud and speak distinctly.
  • Specialty requires routine access to Secret material or similar environment.

What are the Duties and Responsibilities For a 3N0X5?

Prepares, edits, and distributes public affairs program material. Determines best medium and message content to reach key audiences. Advises commanders at all levels and their staffs on the internal, media operations, and community engagement implications of plans, policies, and programs. Applies communication theory and techniques to public affairs activities for most effective resource use. Establishes, promotes, and maintains the Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) program to provide the widest coverage of unit-level policies, programs, and missions.

Prepares and releases news and imagery for internal and public audiences. Establishes procedures for collecting, evaluating and distributing products. Conducts research and interviews subject matter experts. Photographs writes and edits news, features, editorials, captions and other types of copy. Reviews material for compliance with local and Air Force policy and operational security.

Maintains liaison with media. Receives queries from media, researches and obtains information, coordinates answers, and provides responses to media. Establishes personal contact with local and regional media. Receives visiting media, makes arrangements for interviews, provides briefings, and escorts media representatives. Assists with news conferences, and sets up and operates media center for contingency operations. Writes and maintains accident and other contingency plans. Responds to accidents and incidents. Prepares and disseminates current imagery to media outlets. Supports Joint Home Town News Service.

Conducts community engagement activities. Maintains liaison with local and regional government and civic leaders. Develops promotional material on military events of interest to surrounding civilian communities. Prepares material for presentation to civic groups, and arranges for and assists military speakers. Plans base tours, orientations and open houses for local community members.

Prepares photographic assignments. Coordinates with customers. Acquires imagery in controlled, uncontrolled and combat environments. Applies principles of photographic composition. Conceives, visualizes, and produces images. Accomplishes combat documentation, investigative, informational, editorial and other photography. Obtains data and writes captions and cover stories. Selects and crops pictures for layouts and picture stories. Performs digital photographic acquisition processing and printing. Selects, inspects, and tests camera, and digital photographic processing systems. Determines and uses appropriate camera, lens, filters, lighting and accessory equipment. Obtains optimum exposures using various meters, electronic flash, and exposure control methods. Uses light intensifier tubes (night vision). Operates communications equipment to transmit, receive and archive images, in garrison and under field conditions. Complies with copyright, reproduction, and alteration restrictions.

Documents joint operations, exercises and contingencies for internal and external use. Provides leadership with decision-making tools. Photographs under austere conditions day and night, in any weather condition. Records real-time historic events globally.

Performs studio operations. Arranges studio lighting, backdrops and determines subject placement. Captures full-length and portraiture imagery.

Conducts aerial photo documentation and coordinates with aircraft commander to ensure proper aircraft positioning and maneuvering. Determines techniques to be used in aerial documentation. Supports scientific analysis, test documentation, and aerial documentation requirements.

Performs investigative/forensic photo documentation to include legal, safety, medical and criminal requirements. Responds to natural disasters and incidents such as vehicle accidents, aircraft mishaps, suicides, homicides, domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Performs medical documentation, to include autopsies, and surgical procedures. Coordinates with medical staff to perform clinical and surgical micro and macro photography using specialized photographic cameras and lighting equipment.

What Are the Specialty Qualifications for a 3N0X5?

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: basic communication theory; regulations and directives concerning release of information; research methods; interview techniques; composition, grammar, and spelling; news writing and editing; layout and design; photographic theory, aesthetics, and technology; camera operation and imagery production systems; characteristics of digital light sensors; color correction; exposure and processing effects; imagery evaluation; digital image noise, and resolution; community engagement techniques and practices.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or general educational development equivalency is mandatory. Courses in creative arts and communications are advantageous.

Training. For award of AFSC 3N035, completion of the Basic Photojournalist Course (EBABD3N035-01AA) is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 3N055. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3N035. Experience performing functions such as news, and feature writing, editing, and production; research and reporting; alert photography; combat documentation and accessioning.
  • 3N075. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3N055. Experience in performing or supervising functions such as writing and editing periodicals, writing news and feature stories for release to civilian media, or community relations and experience in performing and supervising functions involved in coordinating and accomplishing still photography, image management, accessioning and still photographic printing.

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What Are the Possible Assignments for 3N036?

  • Alconbury, United Kingdom
  • Altus, Oklahoma
  • Andersen, Guam
  • Aviano, Italy
  • Barksdale, Louisiana
  • Bolling, District Of Columbia
  • Camp Humphreys, South Korea
  • Columbus, Mississippi
  • Creech, Nevada
  • Davis-Monthan, Arizona
  • Dover, Delaware
  • Dyess, Texas
  • Eglin, Florida
  • Eielson, Alaska
  • Ellsworth, South Dakota
  • Fairchild, Washington
  • Fort George Meade, Maryland
  • Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  • Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Hill, Utah
  • Holloman, New Mexico
  • Hurlburt Field, Florida
  • Incirlik AB, Turkey
  • JB Andrews, Maryland
  • JB Charleston, South Carolina
  • JB Elmendorf-Rich, Alaska
  • JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  • JB Prl Hbr-Hickam, Hawaii
  • JBSA Lackland, Texas
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Kadena, Japan
  • Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Keesler, Mississippi
  • Kirtland, New Mexico
  • Lakenheath, United Kingdom
  • Laughlin, Texas
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Luke, Arizona
  • MacDill, Florida
  • Maxwell, Alabama
  • McConnell, Kansas
  • Mildenhall, United Kingdom
  • Minot, North Dakota
  • Misawa, Japan
  • Moody, Georgia
  • Mountain Home, Idaho
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • Osan AB, South Korea
  • Ramstein, Germany
  • Scott, Illinois
  • Sembach, Germany
  • Seymour Johnson, North Carolina
  • Shape, Belgium
  • Shaw, South Carolina
  • Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  • Spangdahlem, Germany
  • Tyndall, Florida
  • Vance, Oklahoma
  • Whiteman, Missouri
  • Wright Patterson, Ohio
  • Yokota, Japan

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