Army National Guard Firefighters, or 21M (MOS Code), perform basically the same duties as their civilian counterparts. Basically, each post has their own fire protection services responsible for protecting lives and property by controlling and helping prevent fires in buildings, on aircraft, and aboard ships. Additionally, 21M’s perform their duties in the capacity of natural disasters and are often part of units who combat large forest fires. Rather than talk to death what a firefighter does, I think this post is best reserved discussing the benefits and reasons that many Soldiers chose to be a 21M.
First and foremost, your training and certifications may qualify you for a position on a civilian firefighting crew or as a volunteer firefighter in your community. Additional certifications or licenses may enable you to work as a fire inspector, fire investigator, or fire safety specialist. Nothing like hitting two birds with one stone, huh?
Coupled with that, you will have an opportunity to earn while you learn. Basically, instead of paying to learn these skills, you get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance, too! This is one MOS which has skill-sets that are easily transferable with the civilian world unlike some other MOSs out there.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Short and sweet post, here, but definitely a good bit of information if you are considering being a firefighter in the civilian world and are looking for a good way to get there… 21M is a very important MOS and has many benefits aside from those traditional benefits you earn just for putting on the uniform!