Soldiers can now get paid to flex their creativity all day with the Army’s new marketing officer job

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The Army is looking for media-savvy soldiers to help push out its revitalized brand with the creation of a new job field: marketing officer.


According to a breakdown of the new job provided to Task & Purpose, marketing officers will specialize in at least one of four roles "within the marketing cycle" to boost the Army's messaging and branding.

Those roles include analyzing effectiveness, which includes collecting market data and evaluating how effective the marketing is; developing a strategy; creating marketing campaigns and other content on various mediums; and delivering that content by identifying the best "channels."

Marketing officers should be "visually creative … imaginative," and excel on diverse teams, according to the position description.

"They know the benefits, hardships, realities, and unique experiences that come with being a soldier," the document says of the ideal candidate. "They understand what inspired them to join the Army and continue serving despite many other opportunities."

The Army has gone through a total rebrand with the goal increasing recruiting in a way that accurately represents the variety of jobs available in the service.

It's not just the new uniforms — the service recently joined up with a new marketing firm, DDB Chicago, and launched a new commercial campaign. The service also working on a totally new look for the GoArmy website.

Now, the service's new FA58 (marketing) officer job is the latest innovation designed to help bring the Army's new brand to the masses.

To become a marketing officer, a soldier needs to have an MBA or marketing-related graduate degree "from a top-tier program."

The selection process for the job is available to O3-O6s.

Soldiers will then spend 3-4 years "as an apprentice" to learn the ropes. After that, they will begin working as a marketing officer "to solve regional marketing challenges."

Officers who are selected should be available to PCS this summer, per the document; the first locations that need FA58 officers are the Army Enterprise Marketing Office in Chicago, Fort Knox, and West Point.

More locations, including Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Fort Bragg, will become available down the line,

Army Maj. Ruth Castro, spokeswoman for Army Marketing, called FA58 an "exciting opportunity" for soldiers, and said that as of Jan. 3, they've had almost 300 officers apply.

"The FA58 program is a chance to align the talents of selected officers to make a long-term impact on the Army by working in marketing strategy, marketing content creation, content delivery, and marketing analytics," Castro said. "Our goal is to hire around 100 officers over the next 5 years who have completed graduate work relevant to the field of marketing from top-tier institutions, as well as officers who have substantial experience in the field of marketing or related skill sets."

The application process is open through Jan. 19.

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