Posted on Jan 8, 2017
Kelsey Chlovechok
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I would look at a different MOS. Almost all of the 74D's that have worked for me and with me get stuck in the S3 shop doing everything but 74D work. The ones that get placed in a company or troop work in the orderly room, again not doing 74D work.
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I have not and did not chime in because I was under the impression that this was a decision that had to be made within a few hours of the original posting of the question. I am glad , however, to answer any questions you may have about the job and what may be expected of you.
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Kelsey Chlovechok
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SFC (Join to see) - Oh! I'm not sure how I made that impression. Sorry! Thanks for being willing.
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SFC Vet Technician
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I thought you were at MEPS and had to make a decision soon. Did you become a Chemical Dragon?
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I'm a CBRN NCO and I have to say that unless you are in a Chem Unit, you will most likely work closely with supply among other duties such as armorer.
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Kelsey Chlovechok if you are with a chemical unit you will receive great training and do your job. If you are stuck in another (any other type of unit) you will be the residential expert and be the one fitting everyone for a mask, doing inventory for the chemical equipment, and allegedly for officers you get stuck doing the USR (a report nobody likes to do). While most Commanders want everyone to do their job and train in their job it is especially hard when there are only 1 or 2 people of that MOS in the unit.

The question is do you feel so strongly that you want to learn CBRN that you are willing to risk not doing that job later on?

NOTE: All MOSs have some issues and all will eventually lead to staff time if you stay in long enough regardless if you stay enlisted or go officer.
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You're right Sir- ALL MOSs have their quirks, especially as a lower enlisted. When I saw my "Dream Sheet" at the MEPS -all I could think of was that I didn't want to be a mechanic. Guess what? I chose Chemical Operations Specialist and my first assignment was the Company Commander's Driver, so I had to keep my Humvee in top shape - being a mechanic!
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SSG Daniel Couture
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Kelsey Chlovechok - if you do go chem , remember it may get you promoted to SSG then after that is nearly impossible.
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Are you sure you want to be exposed to live chemical warfare agents? Your graduation requirement is handling nerve agent in AIT. So if that sounds appealing to you then get after it.
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Actually I am a cbrn and I can say first hand that the nerve agent is live and could kill you or at least one of them is you handle 2 during a live training event but overall the AIT portion isn't bad and I'm in an engineer unit but I'm also in a 15 man platoon all cbrn so you can't predict where you're going to go
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CPT Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Officer
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PV2 (Join to see) - give it a few years, think it over and check back with me.
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CPL Joshua Elwell
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The different agents that you are around are live and can kill you. The vx is the harshest to especially after learning about it. It's very good training, I got stationed in Ft. Campbell and I was doing inventory a lot, never did anything else.
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I had fun in the chamber.
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