Thanks! And yep - made the list last week. Now its the waiting game! haha And seriously - congrats on picking the best MOS in the Army...in my opinion! I reclassed to PA in 2004 from 25V, Combat Camera. Yes, they are two different jobs - please, never refer to yourself as Combat Camera if you are not a 25V. People will call you that, but don't do it yourself - I'm just saying that to get it out there - I have seen some folks who get REALLY mad when it happens - just sayin' Its weird. Anyways, on to what you asked.
Normal day...well, I cant give you a timeline but I can say that being a PA NCO in a bde is a tough, yet rewarding assignment. You could very well end up being the direct PA advisor to your Col. (And no, I'm not typing "Marine-style" - as dar can attest! And here is a link to check out to see what I am talking about: AP Style Military Titles
haha) You will probably never work a company level job again - always BDE level or higher - with working a PAD being the exception. Oh a PAD is a public affairs detachment- it a company of PA Soldiers who can rapidly deploy when called. I have worked with PADs in the past but never have the honor of working in one - if you are ABN qualified, I suggest trying to get the 49th PAD (ABN) in Bragg - great guys!!
And dar hit another point, if you like life on the edge we have slots in USASOC - doing all the high-speed stuff.
Anyways, sorry to get off topic, but some of the duties I have had to perform as a PA NCO (deployed and not) are: developed a brigade newsletter/newspaper, worked close with the garrison PAO for work on the post newspaper, designed and published a 32-page full color magazine, spent a week on an Australian naval vessel in the Persian Gulf, escorted visiting VIPs (Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Ted Nugent, Blues Traveler, Nick and Jessica Simpson...yea, I know...many politicians and various reporters including Lara Logan and Oliver North, if anyone remembers him), designed and implemented an adopt-a-school program where BNs in my BDE adopted and support local elementary schools with things like having Soldiers go and read Dr Seuss books to classes during Dr Seuss day. Those are just a few of the things I have done as a PA NCO. I really can't tell you what you will be doing as a PA NCO unless I know your commander - cause that is who it will come down to. You may have a commander who is VERY PA proactive and want to go out and do great things. Then...you may have commanders who hate the media and only want to internal operations and not worry about PA...that is very frustrating. I have worked for both.
Ugh...getting WAY ahead of myself, sorry - anyways - but again - as dar said, you may be the ONLY public affairs guy in a brigade - so you may be the only enlisted guy briefing the commander, coming up with mission analysis slides, trying to tell an officer (tactfully) that he is f'ed up by doing something stupid. Its part of the job.
Anyways - sorry this is so long - hope I have answered at least one of your questions.
But the job differs from post to post, from unit to unit.
ANd again, as dar said - networking in this MOS is freakin sweet! I know so many people its not even funny, not only just plain cool people but great business contacts! You will meet so many people that you will not remember everyone. OH, while Im thinking about it, once you DO get to your unit, try and make up some business cards - even if you have to come out of pocket, they are so worth it - anyways, my wife is yelling at me to come and visit, but I wanted to try and at least give some info.
Again, I hope I helped a bit and please let me know if you need more info!
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And seriously - if you need any more info - just ask. If we cant answer it, we will find someone who can!