MOS 4541 Combat Photographer

MOS 4541 Combat Photographer

MOS Description

The Combat Photographer conceptualizes, acquires and produces still imagery products using digital cameras and accessories (e.g., lenses, flashes, night vision devices). These products support communication to internal, domestic and international audiences; commander’s information requirements; and other operations, garrison, training, and recruiting requirements. Typical duties include, but are not limited to: visualizing the final product desired; developing a shot list; acquiring images in studio, field, and combat environments using the principles of photographic composition; selecting and editing images for layout; writing; tailoring products for different audiences (i.e., internal, domestic, international) and mediums (briefs, the traditional news media, social media, face-to-face engagements, handbills, etc.); supporting administrative, legal, investigation, and combat documentation; conducting photographic finishing, visual and electronic quality control; transmitting and archiving; performing equipment inspections and preventive maintenance.

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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