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  • 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist Emergency

    I wanted to know what the general duties of a 74D include? I am a college graduate with a degree in biochemistry debating joining the national guard. I was curious if a 74D had the types of responsibilities seen in test labs? Is there any research involved? Is this a competitive field? Just looking for some information from someone who possibly has been through the program. Let me know, thanks.

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    Re: 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist Emergency

    I was a NBC NCO 54B (the predecessor to the 74D) back in 93. For me it was short lived, although our entire strategic posture has changed since then. At the unit level it's particularly not glamorous although much like MI, much of the CBRN assets are at the Brigade level and higher. I took the reserve component re-class course 20 years ago. I remember the wind vector calculations to determine types of chemical agent speed, and determining how long a unit could survive behind varying levels of concrete, woodframe etc, after a nuclear blast. I'm sure post 9-11, it's even more interesting. It was always a fast way to make E-5...which is why I did it honestly.

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      Re: 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist Emergency

      What do you do in the MOS 74D?

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        Re: 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist Emergency

        Originally posted by Private Taylor View Post
        What do you do in the MOS 74D?
        http://www.army-portal.com/jobs/chemical/74d.html This site sums up what you do.

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          Re: 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist Emergency

          Are you in it? Or planning to be?

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            Re: 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist Emergency

            I've been a 74D for 4 years. I hated AIT with all the MOPP 4 Rigamaroll, but when you get to your unit it's easy street. I was an in Aviation unit as an NBC Specialist before I reclassed to Signal()

            I spent the first few drills re-organizing my NBC Cage and signing hand receipts for the Commander. After that I chased 50 year old flying warrants for my pro masks when I wanted them back. Since you understand MTOEs and much of the supply system you will often be tasked to help the Supply Sgt. pass out uniforms/TA-50 and retrieve them. Honestly I feel like there she be a cross-trained course to get that MOS as well as 30% of your work resembles it. Twice a year I did company level training and classes to verify that their promasks worked. If you don't have too much of a hooah hooah NCO Corps you will have TONS of downtime to sham. I was the envy of almost all the lower enlisteds. I can't remember how many times I spent hours in my bunker after lunch chow taking naps; but hey, it was my place of duty!

            However if you are in a unit that maybe isn't so specialized, say infantry, hr, maint, etc. You may end up doing exactly what the main body does on a drill to drill basis, with only spare amounts of time to tend to your actual job. Being I wasn't a 15 Series my 1SG would have probably shot me on sight if he saw me anywhere near the Blackhawks and Kiowas, but the SGTs over the shops occasionally had me do things like sodder circuits and assemble small components with hand tools, or run the tool room itself, which was fun. They would of course check behind me though to ensure it was done right.

            As far as upward mobility, the sky is the limit pretty much. If it wasn't for my family relocating to Fla, I would have had a straight shot to E6 for the most part, as I was one of two 74Ds in the Battalion.

            That's my take on what 74Ds REALLY do.

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              Re: 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist Emergency

              Originally posted by Private Taylor View Post
              Are you in it? Or planning to be?
              No I'm not in this MOS nor did I choose this MOS, I just recently signed my contract for the National Guard so I have not even been to BCT or AIT.

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                Re: 74D Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist Emergency

                Originally posted by ldolson1 View Post
                I wanted to know what the general duties of a 74D include? I am a college graduate with a degree in biochemistry debating joining the national guard. I was curious if a 74D had the types of responsibilities seen in test labs? Is there any research involved? Is this a competitive field? Just looking for some information from someone who possibly has been through the program. Let me know, thanks.
                Im a 74D I have been in for over a year now. AIT I went to Ft. Leonardwood Missouri. The tests are extremely easy at AIT they are all open book tests. The hardest test you take is the HAZMAT certification test which is not open book and you must pass this test to graduate AIT. You will spend most of your time in MOPP4. Basically it's your promask, and very heavy thick protective clothing (VERY HOT IN SUMMER). I drill at a cavalry unit I am the only 74D in my entire troop. Everyone in my section is either infantry, or a cavscout. I have not touched a single piece of chemical equipment since graduating AIT. I'm basically an infantry soldier now without the 11B MOS. So basically I can tell you this if you go to a chemical unit I'm sure it's much different then my experience here at the CAV. However, if you are not in a chemical unit be prepared to do just about anyother job they tell you to learn. The one great thing about being the only 74D in my troop is that my job is an E-7 job. I am an E-4. I understand your not in the military so you probally don't understand what I'm saying. I am a specialist my job is typically for Staff Sergeants. Ranking up for me is easier I know people who have been in for six years and have not ranked up. All I have to do is complete my WLC (leadership courses) and wait for my time in service to grow. Each promotion requires a certain length of time in service once I reach the appropriate time I rank up to the next position. All I have to do is pass my weapons qualification, and APFT (fitness tests) and I am considered eligable for promotion. Moral of the story if you want to actualy to 74D jobs go to a chemical unit. If you want to rank up fast and don't mind what you do for the army go to any other non CBRN unit.

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