Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician
Posted on: May 4, 2022
ABOUT Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians have
expertise in the most conventional and unconventional explosives to
ensure the secure disposal of explosive weaponry. They are on call
to respond to any type of ordnance, and they receive specialized
training to handle chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. They
investigate and demolish natural and man-made underwater
obstructions, prepare coastal regions for amphibious landings, and
warn about potential threats at home and abroad.
Whether getting the job done in a bomb suit or by utilizing
state-of-the-art robotic technology, Navy EODs are trained to use
the most advanced tools of their kind in a role that's vital to the
safety of servicemembers and civilians.
RESPONSIBILITIES As a Navy EOD Technician, you will have many
far-ranging duties that can cast you on missions across the world.
Your duties may require you to:
Detonate and demolish hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics and
outdated explosives Work with cutting-edge technology to remotely
disable unsafe ordnance Perform parachute or helicopter insertion
operations Support law enforcement agencies Clear waterways of
mines in support of the Fleet Your unique skills and knowledge will
add to the strengths of other Special Operations units, as well as
your own. As an EOD Technician, you may also:
Locate, identify, neutralize, recover and dispose of various
ordnances, such as sea mines, torpedoes and depth charges Support
other Special Operations/Special Warfare units, such as Navy SEALs,
Army Special Forces and Marine Expeditionary Units Help the U.S.
Secret Service and the U.S. Department of State to protect the
President, Vice President and other officials and dignitaries
Assist with security at large international events, such as
sporting events or world summits WORK ENVIRONMENT Your missions
will take you to every corner of the world. One assignment may have
you parachuting from 17,000 feet, while the next may deliver you
via an 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). It all depends
on which unit you're supporting and the type of mission to be
completed, as well as the required equipment weight of each team
member, weather conditions and other parameters.
TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT Becoming an EOD Technician is no easy
process. While the rigorous 51 weeks of training are both
physically and mentally grueling, you will be rewarded with
unrivaled leadership opportunities, first-rate compensation and
After two months of recruit training in Great Lakes, Ill., your EOD
training will begin.
EOD Prep Course of Instruction (3 weeks) - The EOD training
pipeline starts with preparatory training in Great Lakes, Ill.
Candidates work on swim stroke development, long-range swims and
Diver Training (9 weeks) - Next comes dive school at the Naval
Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, Florida.
Training covers basic concepts of scuba diving as well as dive
physics, physiology and basic dive medicine. Candidates also learn
about equipment such as the MK16 underwater rebreather.
EOD School (42 weeks) - After successfully completing dive school,
candidates transfer to Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at
Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. This training is
comes in four sections, each teaching how to render safe or defuse
specific types of ordnance.
Air Ordnance Division - Focuses on bombs and missiles
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) - Includes "homemade bombs"
Nuclear Ordnance Division - Covers basic nuclear physics and
radiation monitoring and decontamination procedures
Underwater Ordnance Division - Emphasizes torpedoes and other
underwater explosives as well as underwater search techniques
Basic Parachute Training (3 weeks) - After completing basic EOD
school, graduates attend Basic Airborne Training ("jump school") at
Fort Benning, Ga., where they qualify as a basic parachutist.
EOD Tactical Training (3 weeks) - The final phase of training is in
San Diego, Calif. It teaches helicopter insertion (fast-rope,
rappel, cast and special patrol insertion, and extraction rigging),
small arms/weapons training, small unit tactics (weapons,
self-defense, land navigation and patrolling) and tactical
communications (satellite and high frequency).
Upon successful completion the EOD training pipeline, graduates are
assigned to EOD Mobile Units where they gain advanced on-the-job
training and experience as members of Mobile Teams, Carrier Strike
Group/Expeditionary Strike Group Companies, Naval Special Warfare
Companies and Marine Mammal Companies.
Advanced Training - EOD technicians may pursue a number of advanced
training options to hone and specialize their skills Helicopter
insertion training Basic parachute training and parachute water
insertion training Advanced Improvised Explosive Device Disposal
(AIEDD) Jumpmaster training Small unit tactics Small Arms
Instructor Language school (Defense Language Institute) EOD
Communications (tactical radio communications) For those with
further leadership aspirations and a college degree, Officer roles
are available - providing the opportunity to lead and train
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance. It's also important to note that specialized
training received and work experience gained in the course of
service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational
opportunities in related fields.
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES Members of the Naval Special Warfare/Naval
Special Operations (NSW/NSO) community have any number of unique
opportunities to advance their education. Navy training provides
skills and knowledge in everything from the fundamentals of
explosive ordnance disposal to chemical and biological warfare,
military tactics, deep-sea diving or a number of other tactical
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and
certifications, Navy training in the EOD community can translate to
credit hours toward a bachelor's or associate degree through the
American Council on Education. You may also continue your education
through opportunities like:
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance Post-9/11 GI Bill
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS Males and females are eligible to
apply to become enlisted Navy EOD Technicians. No college degree is
required, but a high degree of difficulty and satisfaction is
standard. Training is tough and ongoing. You can apply for the Navy
Challenge contract for EOD Technicians at any time during your
Entry Requirements Eyesight 20/200 bilateral correctable to 20/25
with no color blindness Minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude
Battery (ASVAB) score AR+VE=109, MC=51 or GS+MC+EI=169 Be 30 years
of age or younger Pass a physical and separate medical examination
required for divers (approved by Diving Medical Officer) Must be a
U.S. citizen and eligible for security clearance The chart below
highlights the current minimum Navy Physical Screening Test (PST)
requirements for Navy Challenge Programs.
Additional requirements specific to Active Duty EOD Technician
candidates include: 36 months of obligated service upon completion
of training No non-judicial punishments or court martial
convictions during the 12 months prior to application Meet medical
standards as specified in the NAVMED P-117 Meet minimum performance
standards Pass a hyperbaric pressure tolerance test Be on board
present command for 2 years Be screened by an EOD Officer or E-6 or
above Master EOD Technician Be recommended by your current
Commanding Officer NOTE: You should consult your physician or other
health-care professional before starting any exercise regime or
other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs.
This is particularly true if you (or your family) have a history of
medical illnesses or ailments that could be made worse by a change
in physical activity. Do not start a fitness program if your
physician or health-care provider advises against it.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before.
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