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Mass communication specialist
Rating Badge MC.jpg
Rating insignia
Issued by: United States Navy
Type Enlisted rating
Abbreviation MC
Specialty Administration


Mass communication specialist (abbreviated as MC) is a United States Navy occupational rating, dealing primarily with public affairs duties.





A pair of mass communication specialists interviewing the American ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Roy Austin, September 2007


Mass communication specialists are concerned with public affairs and visual communication. Their role is to present the U.S. Navy to naval and civilian audiences, through a variety of media. MCs write and produce both print and broadcast journalism, including news and feature stories for military and civilian newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations. They record still and video photography of military operations, exercises, and other U.S. Navy events.[1]




Mass Communication Specialists came about from a merging in 2006 of four previous U.S. Navy ratings: photographer’s mate (PH), journalist (JO), illustrator/draftsman (DM) and lithographer (LI).


Since the rates have merged, mass communication specialists may be required to perform all the duties of the four former rates. Many work in a U.S. Navy public affairs capacity where they coordinate public events and respond to news queries from the media.



“Navy enlisted manpower and personnel classifications”. Bureau of Naval Personnel. United States Navy. Retrieved 2007-01-11.