37F - Psychological Operations Specialist

MOS Description and Qualification Factors

US Army Distributes 1st Armored Division's 'Baghdad Now' Newspaper to Iraqis
ABU GRAHIB, IRAQ - FEBRUARY 21: US Army soldiers distribute copies of the official newspaper of the 1st Armored Division 'Baghdad Now' from the back of a truck to the local population on February 21, 2004 Abu Grahib, Iraq. Teams from the 315th Tactical PSY-OPS Company are charged with disseminating information via newspapers, posters and handbills. Marco Di Lauro / Getty Images

Basic Job Description

A Psychological Operations Specialist is an information and media specialist who can assess the information needs of a target population and develop and deliver the right message at the right time and place to create the intended result. As a member of the Army Special Operations community, the Psychological Operations Specialist is primarily responsible for the analysis, development and distribution of information used for information and psychological effect.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Trains and maintains proficiency in all major duties. Assists in collecting and reporting psychological operations related information and processing that information into intelligence to support psychological operations. Assists in evaluating and analyzing current intelligence, psychological operations studies, and estimates to determine psychological operations targets. Operates psychological operations dissemination equipment and assists in the delivery of psychological operations products. Assists in the packing of psychological operations products for delivery by various means. Prepares, stores and retrieves information on psychological operations related intelligence, plans, campaigns and products. Assists and performs intelligence functions as required.

Coordinates resources requirements for the development, production, and dissemination of PSYOP productions.

Assists in the integration of psychological operations planning in support of conventional, special operations and deception planning. Assists in determining the appropriate mix of media, relative to available assets, to disseminate PSYOP products. Evaluate and analyze current intelligence, psychological operation studies, and estimates to determine psychological operation targets.

Identifies psychological vulnerabilities and susceptibilities of psychological operation targets.

Training Information

Job training for a psychological operations specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 14 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, where you’ll learn the skills of a psychological operations specialist.

Note: For active-duty Soldiers, graduation from AIT (Job Training) will be followed by three weeks of Airborne training and then four to six months of Language training. For Reserve PSYOP Specialists, airborne and language training are not required for qualification.

ASVAB Score Required: 101 in the aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: Secret

Strength Requirement: very heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 111221.

Other Requirements

  • A qualifying score on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) of 100 (for active duty Soldiers)
  • Must be US Citizen
  • Never been a member of the U.S. Peace Corps
  • No record of conviction by court-martial
  • No record of conviction by a civil court for any offense other than minor traffic violations.
  • Good voice quality and be able to speak English without an objectionable accent or impediment. (This requirement is desired but not mandatory.)

Note: In addition to the above, PT requirements for this MOS are quite high.

The average PT goal for a class is 270 with a score of 70 in each event in the 18-21 year old category, as a requirement for active duty soldiers who MUST attend airborne training.

Similar Civilian Occupations

There is no civilian occupation that is directly equivalent to MOS 37F. However, the following civilian occupations make use of the skills developed through MOS 37F training and experience.

  • Advertising and Promotions Manager
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Marketing Managers
  • Public Relations Managers