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Psychological Operations has consistently been important throughout the history of warfare using messaging and physical observables in order to change behavior in foreign target audiences in order to achieve a military objective. And while we are trying to use the same objective of changing behavior, there’s other aspects to it that are kind of evolving.

These are means to achieve our strategic objectives without loss of life and that goes to the basis of why I joined Psychological Operations.

It was more of a challenge. I wanted to go further, I really wanted to take service to another level.

The PSYOP preparation in the battlefield is that it has to begin before the war starts. Before you begin to prepare the battlefield psychologically. It takes time, it takes some effort, and it needs to begin as early as possible. It’s really too late to wait until the first round is fired.

Psychological Operations managed to convince the entire conventional Army of Iraq to defect, so when our forces went in, they were fighting the extremists, the Republican Guard, the harden troops, but the regular Army said “you know what, I agree with you guys, there is no sense in fighting the United States”.  How many lives were saved? How many people get to go back to their families? It’s incalculable, but it’s there and it’s super important.

If you are interested in language, culture, working with State Department, a whole government approach to warfare and the new age way of fighting, I think PSYOP is definitely something you should look into.

Psychological Operations Specialist (37F)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


Psychological Operations Specialists are influence experts, who assesses the information needs of a target population and craft messaging to influence and engage target audiences.

Job Duties

  • Researching and analyzing methods of influencing foreign populations
  • Developing a variety of marketing and media products
  • Operating and maintaining PSYOP equipment, such as ground tactical vehicles and shelter systems, loudspeaker systems, state of the art computers, analog and digital recording and playback devices and communication systems.
  • Disseminating and broadcasting important information via television, radio, Internet and newspaper media.
  • Traveling to overseas locations in peace, crisis and conflict to assist U.S. and foreign governments, militaries and civilian populations.


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Psychological operations specialists attend military police One Station Unit Training (OSUT), which combines Army Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training in a 20-week course.

Upon graduation, psychological operations specialists will attend Airborne training, followed by a 10-day Psychological Operations Specialist Assessment and Selection program. This program allows an opportunity to assess each Soldier’s capabilities by testing their psychological, intellectual, physical and problem-solving (dilemma-based) with team event assessments.

If the recruit passes, they’ll move on to the Psychological Operations Specialist Qualification Course to develop the necessary skills of a PSYOP Soldier. The course is currently divided into five phases:

  • In-Processing
  • Language and Culture
  • PSYOP Core
  • PSYOP Culmination Exercise
  • Graduation

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in foreign countries, cultures and languages
  • Ability to analyze and organize information
  • Skilled at building rapport in unfamiliar surroundings
  • College-level aptitude in the social sciences

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Technical (GT): 107

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with the Department of Defense, State, other federal government agencies or related fields in the commercial industry.

The training you receive may prepare you for other fields, such as public relations, sales, marketing and advertising. Because of the time you’ll spend studying foreign cultures and social systems, you can explore a future career in the diplomatic service or as an anthropologist, journalist, social scientist, statistician, market analyst, advertising consultant or sales manager.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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