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.
Job training for a CBRN specialist requires 10 weeks of basic training, where you learn basic soldiering skills, and 11 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
- Communicate effectively
- Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry
- Ability to plan and organize
- Work calmly under tremendous stress
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialists are primarily responsible for defending the country against the threat of CBRN weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
- 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