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Readers Respond: Do You Have Experience in MOS Field 74 - - Chemical?

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Have you ever been assigned to a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) in MOS Field 74 - - Chemical? If so, tell us what it was like. Did you love your job? Did you hate it? What was your average day like?


well im only 19 fresh out of basic and korea is my first duty station. i havent done a single thing pretaining to my job yet. i run the arms room and watch love and hip hop all day. im seriously forgetting everthing i learned in ait. it has its pros and cons tho because with all this free time im taking advantage of going to school.
—Guest britt


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—Guest tianxing999999999

Keep Searching

I was a 3E9 with the USAFR, I worked in Africa as a 5711 contractor and as a 74D in the National Guard. All the negative responses are true. But if you chose the MOS because you interested in the field make the best of it. Extend your education and do your FEMA online courses. Checkout Fredricks Commuinity College Emergency Managemt AAS. I would get all the jacked up details but I used it to my advantage and popped smoke and did homework or worked resumes. I know it is hard to volunteer but volunteer for whatever comes your way and then network. Bottom line in the long run you can qualify for awsome job in the civilian sector. As for the response that indicated higher ups didn't know what they were doing I find that true. At brigade level we had a chemical officer that had never responded to anything. Had a degree in education (non-science). I guess that is good for training if you know what your doing.

this is a really good job to know>>

since the war is alomst over, and the military is moving back to garrison , you get to train soldiers, i love my job as a 74d in todays army...
—Guest the king

Former NBC NCO

I'd have to say that I'm 50-50 on it all. I was a 74D for 4 years from 2003 to 2007. The only chemical unit I served in was my basic training unit.
—Guest Brad

No Body Cares

There is a large selection of ignorant officers and senior NCOS. I was a member of 110th Chemical Tech Escort in Fort Lewis. That unit was the most messed up unit I had ever seen. We conducted Team Certifications and Validations. Those exercises which certified us had evaluators or Observer Controllers who didn't even know what safe or right was. The truth is that people get there on the "homeboy hookup" routine, but not because they are the best of what the Chemical Corps does. I have been out of the Army for over a year and I still have questions asked of me... It is really kind of pitiful. I am bitter because my supervisors didn't know what I knew yet still were paid more than me. The truth is that so many people in the Corps THINK they know what they are talking about you don't know if they are an expert or just another BFI flapping their gums until you know yourself. It makes me wish I went back to processing security clearances in some S-2 job in a non chemical unit. What a sham!
—Guest No Body Cares

You missed the point

I have read some of these post and I am not sure of the original start date but I think some of you missed out on some very important learning opportunities. I was NBC for 13 years, served in every type of unit special ops, DTRA, Chem Demil, Tech Escort, Rad Saf, ect. Everytime they assign you to a non chem unit, you must use that time to work the system to advance through school. Being a 54B has allowed me to make a great living outside the military. Oh yeh I did the desert dance in 1991 with the 82nd got the T-shirt.
—Guest 48 Black Knights(89)


Being in the Chemical Corps is all about where you get stationed. I re-classed to 74D a few years ago and my first assignment was in an HR Unit where I was quickly made the unit armorer and rarely got to conduct any CBRN Training. That was 2 very long years. Second assignment was much better - Sampling Team Leader in the HazMat Response Platoon. If you go 74D, do all you can to get additional training (DRC, Tech Escort, CSSC, L5, L6, etc). If you spend your tour in a non-chem unit, you'll become the "Hey You" guy. If you get into a chem unit and get into a non-decon platoon, your tour will be much happier.
—Guest HazMat Tech


I was origianlly a 27M (Multiple Rocket Systems Repairer). I made it to the rank of SGT in that MOS, realised promotion past E-5 was impossible and reclassed 74D. I would have to say that my experiance as a Unit CBRN NCO was very rewarding. Granted most soldiers think of it as a "Low Priority, but the Command does not. If you show that you are willing to set a class up for 300 soldiers and only 30 show up and still train them to standard and not time you will win the respect of your leadership and the soldiers that believe it could save they're life someday.
—Guest Chris Horton

Operartons Manager

I work for Lockheed Martin as an Operations Manager. I have applied my military experience to allow me this opportunity. I was in the Army for 7 years and was a 74D only for 3 of those years; due to the fact my original MOS was 44B. There are job that connect to 74D mos but you have to really look for them. If you have a secret clearance could have a big impact. I know it have for me. Contact me if you are out the military as a 74D and I know of one job open if anyone is interested. anthony.j.durant@hotmail.com
—Guest Durant

no sir, i didnt like it.

i was NBC thru 87-90, hated it! did motor pool mon-fri, 0830-1630. i joined to do chemical operations not be a mechanic.

1sg (ret)

I came up through the ranks I went to fort mcclellan al for training. I was assigned as a decontamination specialist until i was promoted to E5 then became a team leader. Promoted to E6 a year later and assigned to a chemical det in europe. I was a Detachment NCOIC. Promoted to E 7 and was assigned as a Chemical Operations SGT and Platoon Sergeant.. Promoted to First Sergeant and was in charge of a chemical company. Really interesting job all the way through. I did time as a NBC NCO in a medical battalion. Was assigned to 2ID as a Divison Chemical Sergeant.
—Guest I agree

MOS 5711

I have been in for 7 years. I have only been in the 5711 field for 2 years. It is not useless, but it is not cool, fun, useful for "right now". It is only good for training people how to live, work, and fight in a possible future attack. Upon the attack (assuming it is a real CBRN attack and not a false call) the job would become very important, but it would still be boring. I guess the best way to put it would be to say that you would be filling out a very important after action report in order to try to stop the attack from killing/injuring anyone while the remaining hazards persisted (ie fallout, or chemicals). To make things worse, all of the detection equipment sucks ass and does stuff like gives false indication of chemicals when it is really just gasoline or something. But you never know so you have to suit up and sound the alarm. The only redeemable trait of the MOS is that it is considered a Combat Arms MOS, and that I never have to do it because I am occupied with other thing
—Guest I miss my old MOS

How You Perform

I was a 54B up until post Desert Storm, when I exited stage right. It was interesting work in the 80s and 90s, with an outstanding education in NBC protection and tactics (at the advanced levels of training). Everything from meteorology to nuclear/biological/chemical hazards to pathogenesis sourcing to analysis statistics, and way too much more to discuss here. Biophysics and science to maintain physical integrity and protection? Most of the comments above are correct essentially, but fall short of true potential. Application of your knowledge in the field is required for survival in real-time events. For those of us who've lived the life,and seen the real deal, "There's nothing like a green dragon to give you a wake up call." I salute all of you who have the cajones to put up with the crap in order to teach someone how to stay alive when it hits the fan. You may not be recognized for what you do, but your leadership when the going gets tough will keep people mission strong
—Guest Reckoning

OIF 2 N 3

I was a good welder/ driver/ gunner/ janitor/ Sgt of the guards. What's the ?

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