Each month throughout 2015, On Your Guard is spotlighting a “hot job.” What defines these featured jobs as “hot”? One all-important benchmark: number of times people searched for it on the National Guard jobs board. So, without further ado, here’s what we’ve got for June.
Do you love science and math? Are you all about planning and organizing everything down to the smallest detail? Do people marvel at how calmly you work under stress? If you answered “yes” to all of these attributes, then you may be a perfect fit to train as a 74D Chemical Operations Specialist in the Army National Guard.
Check out this video and ponder one more question while you watch: Do you have the drive and passion it takes to be “a special kind of Soldier … to protect our Nation and the world” in the face of some pretty extreme situations?
Like the video shows, 74Ds are responsible for operating, maintaining, and overseeing the use of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) detection and decontamination equipment in the event an enemy uses biological or chemical warfare.
As a National Guard Soldier, however, you would also be called upon to respond to community floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc., whenever a natural disaster may have caused a biological or chemical mishap. The National Guard, in conjunction with many civilian agencies, maintains extensive disaster operations plans to handle such emergencies, and the 74D is a major force in creating those strategies (hence the part about needing to be good at planning and organizing).
Chemical Operations Specialists must first attend 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, followed by 19 weeks of Advanced Individual Training that includes both classroom learning and hands-on, in-the-field instruction. On top of this training, 74Ds are eligible to apply for any of the Guard’s outstanding education benefits, like tuition assistance and the Montgomery GI Bill, to pursue a college degree or other related training.
As a part-time Soldier with 74D skills, you would be able to apply for many in-demand civilian positions working for civil defense agencies, as well as Federal, State, and local governments.