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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialists are primarily responsible for defending the country against the threat of CBRN weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vermont is home to the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the 15th Civil Support Team with multiple Chemical positions throughout the state..


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


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Emergency management specialists, such as the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist, prepare emergency plans and procedures for all types of disasters, including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, biological warfare and enemy attacks. They are primarily responsible for operating, maintaining or supervising the use of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) detection and decontamination equipment, as well as smoke-generating equipment. They also train military and civilian personnel on what to do in an emergency.

Locations in Vermont National Guard:

HHT 1/172nd CAV - St Albans

A Troop 1/172nd CAV - Newport

B Troop 1/172nd CAV - Bennington

C Troop 1/172nd CAV - Lyndonville

HHC 3/172nd INF - Jericho

HHC 186th BSB - Northfield

C Med 186th BSB - Winooski

HHC 572nd Engineer Battalion - Rutland