Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist - MOS 25V
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Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (MOS 25V)

Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialists (MOS 25V) are responsible for handling electronics and film-based equipment.

They use still images, video, and audio to document combat and noncombat operations.

An Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist is like a media specialist for the military where they plan, supervise, and operate the equipment to gather a realistic portrayal of life in the military.

Education, Qualifications, and Training

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Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialists (MOS 25V) document the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Army. Image: Defense Information School

There is a fair amount of education and training related to an Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (MOS 25V) since you will work with a variety of media equipment.

Learn more about the expectations of 25V MOS so you are prepared going into enlistment.

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Education

Everyone in the Army is required to have a high school diploma or GED regardless of the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

Are you interested in becoming an Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (MOS 25V)?

You will want to speak to a local Army recruiter and take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

The series of tests help determine what MOS is the best fit based on your performance.

Therefore, you need to score on the ASVAB:

  • Electronics (EL): 93
  • Skilled Technical (ST): 91

Qualifications

There are not a qualifications needed to become MOS 25V.

You do need to demonstrate normal color vision.

Additionally, the Army will check your depth perception using normal binocular vision for fine close work.

There is no special security clearance required for an Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist.

The Army suggests that prospective 25V MOS have an interest in creative and artistic work.

An interest in photography, graphics, art, speech, and drama also goes a long ways.

Experience in school plays or productions is helpful, as well as an understanding of how to work as part of a larger production team.

Training

Army recruits begin boot camp for 10 weeks in order to ensure they are cut out for life in the military.

After successfully passing boot camp you will progress to Advanced Individual Training.

Advanced Individual Training focuses on your MOS and is a mixture of classroom learning and field training.

An Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (MOS 25V) will spend 12 weeks after boot camp at AIT.

You will learn more about motion picture equipment operation as well as audio recording and using sound equipment.

There is also an emphasis on scripting and special effects techniques.

What does an Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist Do?

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Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialists capture combat and non-combat footage. Image: Army.com

Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialists plan, supervise, and operate electronic and film equipment.

The purpose is to document the regular day-to-day life of the U.S. Army as well as combat operations.

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Pre-Production

You are part of a larger media team when you work as an Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (MOS 25V).

You will work with the team during pre-production to plan and organize upcoming productions.

The Army uses a variety of forms of media (video, film, audio, etc) to capture the lifestyle of the U.S. Army.

Production

The production phase of a production includes the actual capturing of video and audio related to the project.

As a result, you will operate and perform unit level maintenance on motion, still, and studio TV cameras.

Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialists will shoot footage and audio that is helpful during the post-production phase.

You will align and adjust video cameras, as well as prepare captions for documenting images.

Post-Production

The post-production phase of a media production involves gathering up video, still images, and audio and putting it together in a logical order.

It may involve video editing, audio editing, or printing in a darkroom.

Depending on your military rank you may also supervise and provide technical guidance to subordinates.

What does an Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist make?

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Your media portfolio with the Army can lead to a civilian media career. Image: Flickr

Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialists (MOS 25V) are not paid any differently from other Military Occupational Specialties.

Instead, pay is dictated based on years of service and Army rank:

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviationAvg. Monthly Pay
E-1PrivatePVT$1,681
E-2Private Second ClassPV2$1,884
army e 3 insignia - pfcE-3Private First ClassPFC$1,981
army e 4 insignia - specialistE-4SpecialistSPC$2,195
army e 4 insignia - corporalE-4CorporalCPL$2,195
E-5SergeantSGT$2,394
E-6Staff SergeantSSG$2,613
E-7Sergeant First ClassSFC$3,021
army e 8 insignia - master sergeantE-8Master SergeantMSG$4,345
E-8First Sergeant1SG$4,345
E-9Sergeant MajorSGM$5,308
E-9Command Sergeant MajorCSM$5,308
e 9 sergeant major of the army insigniaE-9Sergeant Major of the ArmySMA$5,308

Your monthly salary also includes a terrific benefits package.

Benefits

Standard military benefits for all soldiers, regardless of MOS, include:

  • Vacation Time
  • Special Pay
  • Medical Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Education: Army members can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus annual stipend for living expenses.
  • Housing: Allowances for living expenses, utilities, and maintenance.
  • Food: Allowance for the on-base dining hall and access to tax-free department and grocery stores.

Job Reviews

Unfortunately, there is not a ton of Army job reviews related specifically to MOS 25V.

However, the general consensus of the U.S. Army also translates to life working as an Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist.

After completing your time in the U.S. Army you may also choose to pursue a career in media.

There are several related jobs you can find on job sites like Indeed.com.

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Civilian Job Opportunities

The role of an Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (MOS 25V) has a direct equivalent in the civilian world.

The skills you learn as 25V MOS will prepare you for work in film production, TV stations, radio stations, and advertising agencies.

Several former MOS 25V advance to work as a motion picture camera operator, sound mixer, recording engineer, or broadcasting and recording technician.

Summary

Army Combat Documentation/Production Specialists (MOS 25V) are essentially the in-house media of the U.S. Army.

Combat Documentation/Production Specialists capture video, film, still images, and audio related to non-combat and combat Army operations.

Resources:

  1. https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/arts-and-media/combat-documentation-production-specialist.html
Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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