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Army MOS 25R Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer

While the Army may not produce movies that involve Hollywood movie stars or speeding car chases, television and film productions are still an important part of Army communications. Films are used to train personnel and to record military operations, ceremonies and news events. Audiovisual and broadcast technicians, such as the Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer, perform many specialized tasks, ranging from filming to script editing to operating audio recording devices

Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainers work with equipment such as Teleconferencing VI, and are primarily responsible for supporting Army operations with visual information equipment and systems. Some of your duties as a Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer may include:

Operate and perform maintenance on all assigned equipment
Operate television receivers/monitors and cameras
Operate studio accessories consisting of computer controlled video switchers and audio mixers/consoles
Operate motion/still photo imaging equipment
Operate closed circuit systems
Operate visual imagery satellite, microwave, RF transmission and cable distribution systems associated with VI operations
Operate and maintain VI equipment used for Battlefield Video Teleconferencing and in a video Teleconference facility

Job training for a Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 26 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

Motion picture equipment operation
Audio recording
Scripting and special effects techniques
Maintenance of public address sound equipment

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer, you may be involved in:

Adjust and maintain television equipment to prescribed standards
Monitor proper techniques and procedures used to diagnose malfunctions of teleconferencing VI and associated equipment
Supervise receipt, storage and issue of Class VI supplies
Provide technical guidance on complex operations and maintenance tasks

Related Civilian Jobs
The skills you learn as a Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer will help prepare you for a future with civilian film production companies, government audiovisual studios, radio and television stations and advertising agencies. You’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a motion picture camera operators, audiovisual production specialists, sound mixers, recording engineers, and broadcasting and recording technicians.

Related Army Positions
Combat Documentation / Production Specialist (25V)
Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist (46R)

See Promotion Points for MOS 25R