Well Polk I dont really know about but korea I'm in korea now and I'm in a MI unit. It really sucks in my unit but whats even worst is that I had a full chemical battalion on my post and I could not leave my unit because my 1SG and SGM "needed me too much". The only thing is that they disbanded and left behind just a BIDS unit. They still need joes from what I understand. I wanted to go but I'm on orders for Bragg so me going there is out of the picture. Your best be is to talk to branch about about where you want to go. Dont they have chem units in Beerland?
most of the chem unis here are on the chopping block for transpher into guard/reserve units. From what the Division Chem Commander (COL Frankie) told me all the smoke and decon units are moving to guard and reserves within the next deployment cycle. All that will be left for us actives are either L4, L5, or NBC NCO(to include chemical staff).
That means Polk or Korea for those L4 and L5 job slots(i have neither). And since I am married I dont like the idea of Korea. Most say it is no differant than a deployment being a full year away, but I dont like the idea anyways.
As a side note, are we the only two dragons here? Sad thing. This corps needs to be dug out of its grave and brought back. Too many dragons dont care....
Posts: 69 | Location: Germany | Registered: 12 October 2004
Here are my thoughts after seeing both sides. I was an Infantryman who got out and came back in as Chem. I grew up from E-1 to E-6 in infantry Bns then went to a Chem BN as a Platoon Sergeant. I loved being a Platoon Sergeant and soldiers are soldiers, 99% will rise to and loved to be challenged. My issues was with the lack of positive leadership and standards from senior NCOs in the Chem BN, fishy characters. When I was a BN NBC NCO and now as a BDE NBC NCO I have a chance to mentor all the company and BN NCOs, I know some of you have BN and BDE that you rarley or never see but this is why you stay in and do your BN and BDE time differently. I think as and NBC NCO it is more challenging and you learn from 1SGs and Platoon Sergeants at Company and CSMs and MSGs and Field Grades at BN and BDE. If you are successfull there you will shine in Chem units. A wise Chemo I had said the Chem Corps eats its young and he is right but you dont have to be that way, you can learn and share that knowledge. There are good leaders in the Chem Corps and what job you perfer is based on your personality. I know in ABN units the NBC NCOs if they are squared away can go far. If anyone needs help or advise feel free to message me.
I allways try too be a proud dragon troop but your right alot of dragons dont give 2 hoots. But I just keep my head up high. I want to do FOX pretty bad but then again I want too do anything but NBC NCO (unless in a combat arms unit). I want all the chem ASI's I can get FOX, BIDS TECH ESCORT. I want too thank williambellomy beacuse me beaing in an NBC ROOM my whole time in the army A soldier like me needs advice. I really would love too have an NCO like you over me. Your the type of chemical NCO I look up too. I really dont mind NBC ROOMS too much but I really dont like "POGIE" units. I really enjoyed infantry units because we did alot of highspeed traning and I went too JRTC and NTC. I got a lot of soldier skills down because of this. The way they do things is way differant and its good for a chemical PVT make there start in the army there.
Been in one chemical company in the 7 years I've been in. Was in I Corps Chem then 11th Chem. An for the last friggin 3 1/2 years I have been and NBC NCO. Right now in an infantry unit. I would so love to go back to a chemical company. As much as I love making my own hours and doing my own thing I want to lead soldiers. I would hate to make SFC before I got back and have to lead a platoon of soldiers who could run circles around me. I have been training INF guys so long I would have to dig deep to try and remeber how to lead a smoke or decon PLT.
I'm getting my stripes soon and i'm trying to get into 101st chem company in Bragg and I've never been in a chem unit before. I've been in Infantry, artillery and MI units (MI sucks). I dont know what I would do If I was givin soldiers and I really have not done chemical unit stuff sense AIT.
making your own hours? doing your own thing? I need a unit that lets me do that.
I am in a damn signal unit (worse than MI probably) and they seem to think I am supposed to do everything except NBC. Tasking me to help supply and orderly rooms. Helping maintanance section with shit as an operator. But what can I do? When you have your PSG telling you to do shit and he has tops support...
Then when I actualy get to do NBC I have top trying to micro manage the program even though he hasn't a clue how to do any of it. I know 1AD is having all the CHQDs replaced on every mask, and since a part is being replaced you need to test either the whole mask, or the parts you replaced if possibe. Since there is the water test for CHQDs I told him about, he said "then you can have it done tommorow. I want to hear that we are 100% tommororw before 1300 formation, because after 1300 I have something I need you do do."
So 0900 formation... lasts untill 0945 (no joke). then I get from 1000-1130 to replace them. 1 and a half hours to track down, fix, and test, over 100 masks. I am willing to work through lunch, but once 1130 hits peopel pop smoke and are gone. He doesn't understad that that is un-reasonable, and he is talking shit that if its not done my NCO will council me on a failed mission. Come on people.
Do your own thing, and set your own schedule. I wish.
Posts: 69 | Location: Germany | Registered: 12 October 2004
I am going through the same thing as you. The only thing you can do is comfront them in a tactful manner and PCS!! I am the NBC NCO, Arms room NCO (the only one in the arms room), commo, hazmat NCO, R&U and I am in charge of 6 soldiers. I also have 8 ADO's. I am only a SPC but I am at a SSG level but, I get treated like a SPC! It sucks. I fully understand you. I'm PCS'ing to Bragg and I pray it all changes when I get too a chem unit. Hang in there Dragon because the rest of the army is not like that.
Wow, I have never had the problems you have. I guess I have been lucky. I am the unit movment NCO and the NBC NCO. We are leaving for Iraq so I do tend to get really busy latley with all the movement stuff. But as long as my work is finished (to my standard) I pop smoke. I get my stuff done, get excellent NCOERs, take care of the 1 soldier I have and everywhere I have been they take care of me. I am in an Infantry unit right now and they know jack squat about NBC so I basicly get to tell them what is up. Top can be frustrating but I have proven myself to be a good NCO so he lets me be. Now if I ever mess up I am sure life will be hell but I don't make mistakes (that they know of at least). I feel for you. Drive on and let it be. You can only learn from what you have seen. And other good stuff like that. Keep up the faith brother. Chem out.
Wats up everyone i know im kinda late replyin but im in ft riley ks it sucks they say make th ebest of where you at but it really sucks i like being in a chemical unit though. Were smoke so its fun blowin smoke. Yall make nbc nco sound like a crappy job but ive heard good about it from my battles but any wya i really want to go to germany and get out of this place.
Posts: 20 | Location: Ft Riley KS | Registered: 06 January 2004