Your artistic abilities will shine when you join the Army National Guard as a Multimedia Illustrator. These Soldiers are primarily responsible for operating multimedia imaging equipment in order to produce visual displays and documents such as training manuals, newspapers, and reports, as well as promotional materials including signs, charts, posters, television, and motion picture productions. These projects require the use of professionally developed artwork, and your talents could help make an impact in the military.
Your training will enable you to assume duties that include supervising, planning, or operating multimedia imaging equipment in order to produce various kinds of visual displays and documents. Some of your duties may include: creating illustrations, layouts, map overlays, posters, graphs, and charts; producing computer-generated graphics; developing ideas, and designing posters and signs; designing artwork for training courses; developing animation; working with television and film producers to design backdrops and props for film sets; and performing maintenance on assigned equipment.
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
- Introduction to graphics, lettering, drawing, and layout techniques
- Illustration and television graphic techniques
- Theory and use of color
- Interest in artwork or lettering
- Ability to convert ideas into visual presentations
- Neatness and an eye for detail
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as a graphic designer or illustrator with government agencies, advertising agencies, Web design firms, print shops, or engineering firms.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to learn. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for a Multimedia Illustrator consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and on-the-job instruction, including practice in preparing graphic designs and illustrations. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
A monthly paycheck
Montgomery GI Bill
Federal and State tuition assistance
Retirement benefits for part-time service
Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
401(k)-type savings plan
Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
Health care benefits available
VA home loans
Bonuses, if applicable
Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.
Other Job Information
Technology and Networking
Must be between the ages of 17 and 35 artist graphics layout media mediums advertisier animator film crew