Army Reserve

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist (74D)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialists are primarily responsible for defending the country against the threat of CBRN weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Job Duties

  • Assist in the establishment of CBRN defense measures
  • Provide training advice and supervision regarding CBRN equipment and operations
  • Train military and civilian personnel on CBRN response operations
  • Operate and maintain CBRN detection and decontamination equipment
  • Serve on Biological Integrated Detection Teams, STRYKER NBC Reconnaissance Platoons, Technical Escort Battalions, Special Forces and Ranger Units

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for a CBRN specialist requires 10 weeks of basic training, where you learn basic soldiering skills, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Operation of CBRN Decontamination, Defense, Detection and Monitoring Equipment
  • Preparation for CBRN defense Actions/Procedures
  • Wear and use of protective equipment
  • Hazardous Material Certification (at the awareness level)
  • Exposure to toxic agents while wearing CBRN protective equipment

Helpful Skills

  • Communicate effectively
  • Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry
  • Ability to plan and organize
  • Work calmly under tremendous stress

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST) : 100

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

* If you have taken the ASVAB prior to 1 October 2013, you must have a minimum score of 91 in the ST aptitude area.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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