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Army Training -- MOS 21L -- Lithographer


Initial Training Overview:

Job training for this MOS consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, plus 18 weeks one day of Advanced Individual Training (AIT), conducted at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, including practice operating construction equipment.

Additional Training Information:

Specific formal training opportunities for this MOS, including advanced training courses available at specific points of the soldier's career, can be found on the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) Web Site.


During Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), the Army limits a soldier's personal freedom, using a "Phase System," which grants increased freedom, based upon phase of training. For details, see Army Training Phase Restrictions.

Training Details:

Course includes instruction in the following areas: Producing lithographic film products such as contact negative/positive film, contact paper prints and line negatives/positives, producing color proofs, deep etches, peel coat images, scribes, pre-sensitized plates and color key images, producing flats for press operations, performing bindery operations and operating offset duplicators and presses to reproduce printed materials, performing preventative maintenance on all photo-lithographic equipment, peproducing printed matter using offset lithographic printing processes, preparing photographic negatives and transfer them to printing plates using copy cameras and enlargers, preparing layouts of artwork, photographs, and text for lithographic plates, producing brochures, newspapers, maps, and charts, pinding printed material into hardback or paperback books using binding machines, paintaining printing presses.

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