Army Photographic Laboratory SpecialistEnlisted


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Develops black and white and color film and makes contact prints and enlargements.

Assists higher graded photographic laboratory specialists in the development of film; obtains processing supplies and sets up laboratory equipment; weighs or measures and mixes chemicals with water to prepare various solutions needed to develop photographic negatives and prints; positions thermometers in developing trays or tanks to provide continuous indication of solution temperatures; adjusts and controls temperatures of developing and fixing solutions; immerses exposed film in developer and agitates solution during development period to provide uniform chemical action and prevent formation of bubbles on surface of emulsion; removes negatives from developer at end of specified developing time; passes negatives through short-stop and hypo solutions; washes developed negatives and dries in warm, dust-free area; inspects negatives for defects and notes those that can be corrected; must be able to perform the duties of Photographic Laboratory Specialist (84G10); develops color film and makes contact prints and enlargements; improves quality of negatives and prints by various means such as retouching or altering tone; makes contact prints and enlargements from negatives by exposing latent image on photographic paper by use of contact printer or enlarger; immerses paper in series of timed chemical baths similar to those used to develop negatives; dries prints by blotting and placing them on electric drier; numbers or enters other identifying marks on prints or negative folders and trims prints; affixes photographs to identification cards; processes color film and motion picture film by applicable processes; operates and performs preventive maintenance on semiautomatic photographic processing and facsimile sending and receiving equipment; copies prints and makes duplicate negatives and positive transparencies.

Provides advice and makes, recommendations to the commander aid staff on all matters pertain to enlisted personnel and their families; accompanies the commander on inspections and visits and at ceremonies; assists in inspection of command activities facilities aid personnel as prescribed by the commander; holds First Sergeants' or Sergeants' Major call to announce information and instructions; insures that newly assigned enlisted personnel are instructed in military courtesy, customs, of the service, and command regulations or policies; provides counsel and guidance to NCOs and other enlisted personnel of the command; inspects duties performed by subordinate NCOs; notes discrepancies and initiates appropriate corrective action; assists in reception of visitors to the command; sits as president or, member of command promotion board for NCOs, as authorized by regulations; performs other duties prescribed by, the commander.

Must be able to perform the duties of Photographic Laboratory Specialist (84G20); supervises operation of photographic laboratory; assigns laboratory tasks to subordinate specialists on rotation basis to assure well rounded experience in all phases of photographic processing; prepares work schedules to insure completion of processing within time limits and in accordance with priorities; observes laboratory personnel to evaluate work techniques and to assure continuous practice of supply economy; corrects faulty work methods by demonstration and explanation of correct procedures and techniques; advises on solution of technical problems; spot checks completed work to assure that it meets prescribed standards; requisitions supplies and reviews, consolidates and prepares technical and administrative reports and records; must be able to perform the duties of Photographic Laboratory Specialist (84G40); serves as First Sergeant of a company; interprets and supervises execution of company policy and SOP; assists in planning, coordinating, and supervising all activities that support the company mission; advises company commander on all matters concerning enlisted personnel, to include assignments, reassignments, transfers, promotions, granting of passes and leave, punishments, welfare, privileges, and awards; directs and coordinates company administration; forms unit for drill, ceremonies, and other military formations; receives report of personnel present and absent, and reports number of unauthorized absences; holds NCO call to disseminate instructions and information to subordinate enlisted supervisors; coordinates operation of company food service and supply activities; assists company commander in accomplishing unit training; assists in inspection of organizational activities as prescribed by commander, observes discrepancies, and initiates appropriate corrective action.

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