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Your Unit Water Buffalo Needs a Veterinarian…Taken From Beans to Bullets for the Non Logistician

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It makes sense that a M149 Water Trailer needs to be inspected since it will ultimately hold Soldiers’ drinking water. It would also make sense that the Soldiers who are trained to test, treat and dispense water would also be the ones who actually inspect the water container. This, however, is not the case. Water containment systems are usually inspected by a member of the Army’s veterinarian services. It may be entertaining to believe that the M149, having the nickname “water buffalo,” is the reason for a veterinarian but that is not the case.

posted on 04/09/2018 under Articles
Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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  • SGT T


    Top, informative article but I just want to mention that the Army does in fact have a dedicated PM MOS, which is 68S, and referenced in DA PAM 611-21 for the job description of the MOS, it specifically mentions being responsible for water sanitation. Whether this specifically includes the water buffalo as well I’m not here to say, but just wanted to mention there is in fact an enlisted preventative medicine MOS that the Army fields.

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