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M21-1, Part IV, Subpart ii, Chapter 2, Section C - Service Connection (SC) for Disabilities Resulting From Exposure to Environmental Hazards or Service in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN)

This section contains the following topics:
Topic Topic Name

  1. SC for Disabilities Resulting From Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
  2. SC for Disabilities Resulting From Exposure to Asbestos
  3. SC for Disabilities Resulting From Exposure to Certain Herbicide Agents or Based on Service in the RVN
  4. Payment Under the Nehmer Stipulation for Disabilities Resulting From Exposure to Herbicides
  5. SC for Disabilities Resulting From Exposure to Other Specific Environmental Hazards
  6. Claims Based on Participation in the Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) Project
  7. Claims Based on Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Testing

Reference: For a list of Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) with their probability of asbestos exposure, see M21-1, Part IV, Subpart ii, 1.I.3.c.

The table below describes probability of asbestos exposure by military occupational specialty (MOS). Asbestos MOS Handout
MOS Code Job Title Probability of Exposure
AA Airman Apprentice Minimal
ABE Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Launch & Rec Equip) Probable
ABF Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Probable
ABH Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Aircraft Handler Probable
AC Air Traffic Controller Minimal
ACM Aviation Chief Metalsmith Probable
ADJ Aviation Machinist’s Mate (Jet Engine Mechanic) Probable
ADR Aviation Machinist’s Mate Probable
AE Aviation Electrician’s Mate Probable
AFCM Aircraft Maintenanceman (Master Chief) Minimal
AG Aerographer’s Mate Minimal
AK Aviation Storekeeper Minimal
AM Aviation Structural Mechanic Probable
AME Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) Probable
AMH Aviation Structural Mechanic (Hydraulics) Probable
AMS Aviation Structural Mechanic (Structural) Probable
AN Airman Minimal
AO Aviation Ordnanceman Minimal
AQ Aviation Fire Control Technician Highly Probable
AR Airman Recruit Minimal
ARM Aviation Radioman Probable
AS Aviation Support Equipment Technician Probable
AT Aviation Electronic Technician Probable
AW Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator Probable
AX Aviation Antisub Warfare Technician Probable
AZ Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Minimal
B Boilermaker (WWII) Highly Probable
BU Builder Probable
BM Boatswain’s Mate Minimal
BR Boilermaker Highly Probable
BT Boiler Technician Highly Probable
CD Construction Driver Probable
CE Construction Electrician Probable
CM Construction Mechanic Minimal
CN Constructionman Probable
Cox Coxswain Minimal
CS Commissaryman Minimal
CT Communication Technician Minimal
CTR Cryptologic Technician (Collections) Minimal
DC Damage Controlman Minimal
DK Disbursing Clerk Minimal
DP Data Processing Technician Minimal
DS Data System Technician Minimal
DT Dental Technician Minimal
EM Electrician’s Mate Probable
EN Engineman Probable
EO Equipment Operator Minimal
ET Electronics Technician Probable
FC Fire Controlman Highly Probable
FN Fireman Highly Probable
FP Pipefitter Highly Probable
FT Fire Control Technician Highly Probable
FTG Fire Control Technician (Guns) Highly Probable
GM Gunner’s Mate Minimal
GSM Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Probable
HC Hospital Corpsman Minimal
HN Hospitalman Minimal
HT Hull Maintenance Technician Highly Probable
IC Interior Communication Technician Probable
IM Instrumentman Highly Probable
LI Lithographer Minimal
M(ME) Metalsmith Minimal
MA Master-At-Arms Minimal
MLC Molder Probable
MM Machinist Mate Probable
MN Mineman Minimal
MOMM Motor Machinist Mate Probable
MR Machinery Repairman Minimal
MS Mess Management Specialist Minimal
MT Missile Technician Probable
MU Musician Minimal
NC Navy Counselor Minimal
OM Opticalman Minimal
OSPC Operations Specialist Minimal
PC Postal Clerk Minimal
PH Photographer’s Mate Minimal
PHM Pharmacist Minimal
PN Personnelman Minimal
Prtr Printer Minimal
PT Photographic Intelligenceman Minimal
PTR Painter Probable
QM Quartermaster Minimal
RD Radarman Minimal
RM Radioman Minimal
RN Radarman Minimal
SA Seaman Apprentice Minimal
SC Ship’s Cook Minimal
SD Stewart Minimal
SF Shipfitter Minimal
SFM Shipfitter (Metal Smith) Minimal
SFP Shipfitter (Pipefitter) Minimal
SH Ship’s Serviceman Minimal
SK Storekeeper Minimal
SM Signalman Minimal
SN Seaman Minimal
SO Sonarman Highly Probable
SoM Soundman Highly Probable
ST Sonar Technician Highly Probable
STG/SOG Sonar Technician (Surface) Highly Probable
STS Sonar Technician (Submarine) Highly Probable
StM Steward’s Mate Minimal
SW Steelworker Probable
TA Stewart Apprentice Minimal
TD Trademan Minimal
TE Teletype Minimal
TM Torpedoman’s Mate Probable
TN Stewardsman Minimal
UT Utilitiesman Highly Probable
WT Water Tender Highly Probable
Y Yeoman Minimal

Note: This list is not exclusive and exposure may be otherwise demonstrated on review of the claims folder. Each claim based on asbestos exposure must be adjudicated on its own merit with MOS being one consideration in determining whether there was an exposure event.