Branch Essay Chemical Corps
There are many different types of branches in the United States Army. All of them serve important needs to protect the nation’s freedom. The branch that has to do with defending the nation against the threat of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and lies within the Chemical Corps of the United States. This is important because rise of weapons of mass destruction has skyrocketed in the past 15 years. There are 3 companies of the Chemical corps and there are many different job opportunities in the field. The Chemical Branch is a branch of diversity, opportunity, and challenge.
The Chemical Corps was founded on June 28, 1918. Chemical warfare itself was used in the trenches of WWI. The Germans had used a deadly chlorine gas against the French on April 22, 1915. The US wasn’t involved in the war until 1917 but chemical warfare had already been much more refined and dangerous. This caused President Wilson to make the Chemical Warfare Service as a branch of the military. This made Major General William L. Sibert the first chief of the Chemical Corps. The Chemical corps was almost diminished in 1973 when it was only fueled by a little over 200 soldiers. Then in 1976 when the Soviets started using chemical warfare again congress decided to reverse its decision to eliminate the chemical corps. Operation desert storm brought the Chemical corps back into action and revitalized the corps with gaining size in troops. The corps was ready for the fight against chemical warfare but saw no advantage in using it during that time. The Chemical corps has three companies that include the Heavy, Light, and Armored Cavalry Regiment. The corps is always ready for nuclear scares and possible wartimes with weapons of mass destruction being ready to fight on the offensive and possibly even the defensive. Soldiers in the corps are trained for preparation for defense