Psychological Operations

Answering Erni's Question

A hopeful female named Erni asked me a question in one of my articles. She's interested in the Special Operations community, but didn't know of any that would accept a female. It is relatively common knowledge that females are not accepted into spec ops fields. However, I do know of one really great job ("Job"= MOS- military occupational specialty), and it's my MOS in the Army. I chose it because it sounded great, and I'm yet to be disappointed.

I am a 37F Psychological Operations Specialist. A Psyop Spec is available in the Army Reserves and the Active Duty portion of the Army. Psychological Operations is a combat multiplier and a peacetime contributor across the range of military operations. Psyop is rising in the Army ranks right now, because of the new tact our military is taking in Afghanistan and Iraq. Active Duty Psyop is considered to be special operations, because at times we support special forces in their missions. Being female, one may or may not see much action. I've met females who've been with the guys in the action, and I've met females who were not so lucky. Yet you'd still have more of a chance to see action compared to other Army jobs.

Psychological Operations Synopsis

In Psyop you are expected to have higher learning capabilities and you must be in top physical shape. You would go to Fort Bragg for your job training, which is awesome!

As an Active Duty PSYOP-er you would go to 10 weeks of basic, 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, up to 4 weeks of Airborne Training, and 6 months or more of language training. All of this is mandatory and consecutive for an active duty Psyop soldier.

As a Reservist PSYOP Specialist, you'll go to basic and AIT for the same amount of time- you will train with active duty soldiers, there is no distinction between an active duty soldier and a Reserve soldier during training. However, after AIT the reservist goes back home to his/her unit. A Reservist has the choice to go to Airborne training and language training, but the location of the language training would be at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California; whereas, an Active Duty PSYOP Specialist would learn his/her language on base at Fort Bragg. Reserve units encourage more training, so unless the unit is low on money, going to Airborne and language training is not difficult to accomplish.

A Psyop Specialist holds a Secret level security clearance, which affects this article in its capability for information. Meaning that there's not much more I can write on this job. Everything else just needs to be experienced.

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Kanila 7 years ago from the universe!

That was pretty interesting to read. I never knew of such a job.

At the end you gave a--"I already said too much; if I tell you any more, I'd have to kill you"--vibe.

Kidding :)

Good info.


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csofia928 7 years ago

Women are also allowed to be EOD techs. My husband is a tech, and there were a handful of women going through the classes with him. If taking apart bombs for a living is someones thing, then go for it. Scares the crap out of me though.


Robin 6 years ago

Jessica, been reading your posts after Googling "women in OCS" as a means to learn what the ration of women to men is in Army OCS courses. It seems there are about 4 classes a year totaling about 170 in each, so I was curios, as well as when these classes occur. Moreover ... PSYOP, this is the MOS I want to have, but have not been able to confirm if this is available to a 2nd Lt. or if you first have to reach the rank of Capt. before a request can be processed. Do you know? Thanks -- all the way around! You can e-m at: rwallace14 (at) gmail (dot) com


Dakota 5 years ago

You cannot branch to PSYOP (now renamed to MISO) from OCS or ROTC. You have to be a 1LT promotable to submit a packet I believe. I am a PSYOP soldier and during language training the only officers present in training were Captains.


erin 5 years ago

first off thank you for your service you are greatly appreciated by many, second i am planning on going into the USAFA and then hopefully spec ops( if they let females in)then hopefully the delta force if i get picked, then after at least 20-25 years of service the Secretary of Defense.i know these are very tough goals but i want, no need, to achieve them, i have wanted to be in the military my whole life first the navy and the S.E.A.L.'s were my dream but decided the air force was better,i have bassically no clue as to how to achieve these goals, do you have anyone i could get in contact with( NOT RECRUITERS! they are no help at all!) that could help me out a bit and any tips you could offer up!

thanks!!


PSYOP SGT 5 years ago

Women, Please stop joining PSYOP thinking you're going to be infantry. Odds are you will be put behind a desk and told to write.


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Jessica W 5 years ago Author

PSYOP SGT,

What are the odds that you posted on the article of one of those PSYOP females that actually consistently conducted missions with infantry and ODA. PSYOP is changing thanks to the name change to MISO and the FETs prevalence in Afghanistan. You might want to change with the times. In my company, every single PSYOP female went on missions, yet there were quite a few PSYOP males who got stuck in PDD and never went out. In PSYOP it is wise to know every job, the desk and the missions. And no matter what position you're in, you'll still sit behind a desk and write. Thanks to SITREPs.


mary 5 years ago

PSYOP SGT is incorrect. PSYOP (MISO) and Civil Affairs both have women and lots of them. Both go outside the wire in a combat zone ALL the time. I am a female officer that has deployed twice and was outside the wire at least several times a week during BOTH deployments. It's what we do. As a direct support civil affairs team member or a MISO team member (not sure what your teams are called) you are attached to a maneuver (combat) unit and do many of the same jobs that they do. For those of you interested in joining and don't really want to talk to a recruiter, google civil affairs or psyop (they both fall under USACAPOC so google that acronym) and pick a unit in your area and give them a call. Say you are interested in finding out more about what they do and that you don't want to talk to a recruiter until you hear from Soldiers who actually do the job and someone should help you. Good luck


Katherine 5 years ago

I just so happen to come across this page. I've been looking researching and reading about Psychological Operations for awhile now. And I'm seriously considering joining to Army. I mean, I have a lot of questions if you ever had the time to answer.


cierra 4 years ago

thank you!! just by reading what you wrote it kinda makes me want too join to prove that you are right about the tipicall female tht just stay too her self and just do her job but........ alongside all that other crapp honestly i hve a temper and i may go off!!


COURTNEY ROGERS 3 years ago

I WAS THINKING ABOUT DOING MI-HUMAN INTELL, BUT HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO PSYOPS AS WELL. I WILL GRADUATE WITH MY BS IN PSYCH AND HOPE TO GET MY MS IN CRIMINAL PSYCH WITH THE TA I WILL RECEIVE AFTER JOINING. HOWEVER, I WAS DEBATING JOINING AS E4 OR AN OFFICER. I WAS ALSO WONDERING ABOUT THE RATE OF DEPLOYING (MI VS. PSYOPS) I HAVE TWO VERY YOUNG CHILDREN AND MY HUSBAND IS A HELICOPTER PILOT (WARRANT OFFICER). BEING GONE A LOT WOULD BE DIFFICULT, ALTHOUGH THE ACTUAL DEPLOYING PART DOES NOT BOTHER ME, BUT THE CONSTANT DEPLOYING WOULD BE PROBLEMATIC WITH THE CHILDREN AND MY HUSBANDS BUSY SCHEDULE. COULD YOU MESSAGE ME OR EMAIL ME AT COURTNEY.ROGERS2014@YAHOO.COM SO THAT I CAN DISCUSS SOME MINOR SPECIFICS ABOUT THE LIFESTYLE WITH YOU. I ALSO WANT TO HEAR IT FROM THE HORSES MOUTH AND NOT A RECRUITER. HOW IS IT ON YOUR MARRIAGE, LIFESTYLE, CHILDREN, ETC. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON! THIS WOULD BE SOOOO HELPFUL!


grunt 3 years ago

You're a lying piece of scum. Psyops is NOT special ops.Just because you work in SUPPORT of spec ops doesn't make you spec ops. Just because a truck driver drops off the Infantry doesn't make the driver a grunt. Stop your glory lies.


Soldier 3 years ago

Grunt, you're an ass. Psyops and Civil Affairs work in direct support of special forces and special operations. Psyops and Civil Affairs fall under the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). They are by definition special operations. Maybe not jock strap commandos like tiny dicked grunts like you, but there is no reason to disparage their service.


mike smith 16 months ago

retired now from Civil Affairs -was active when CA was first put under SOC. Changed our world because we had to work directly with people like "grunt" who did not have the education or intelligence to do what was required of us and only found value in brute strength.

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