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Americans live for fireworks on the 4th of July. The other 364 days of the year, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians and Officers are doing all they can to prevent them. Using advanced tools like cutting-edge robotic technology and explosives chemistry, this elite group performs missions that require immense bravery-from jumping out of airplanes to blowing up underwater mines. This job is no cake walk-you have to be smart, tough, quick-thinking and cool under pressure-and you have to do it all in a 70-pound bomb suit.
What to Expect
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician
As an EOD Tech, you’ll receive extensive training to perform missions neutralizing explosive weapons in almost every environment. Your duties may require you to:
Your missions will take you to every corner of the world. One assignment may have you parachuting from 17,000 feet into enemy territory, while the next may deliver you stealthily to a foreign nation via an 11-foot RHIB boat. It all depends on which unit you’re supporting and the type of mission to be completed. Though there will be administrative work, the majority of your time will be spent out from behind a desk and in the field.
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of the initial 7-9 week training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), you’ll begin a specialized training program to prepare you for your career as an EOD Tech.
EOD Prep Course of Instruction (3 weeks) – The EOD training pipeline starts with preparatory training in Great Lakes, IL. Candidates work on swim stroke development, long-range swims and physical conditioning.
Diver Training (9 weeks) – Next comes dive school at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, FL. 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, FL. This training comes in four sections, each teaching how to render safe or defuse specific types of ordnance.
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, CA. 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 of 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 advanced training options to hone and specialize their skills:
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
For those with further leadership aspirations and a college degree, EOD Officer roles are available, providing the opportunity to lead and train others.
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.
Members of the Naval Special Warfare 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 military procedures.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy training in the NSW/NSO field 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 undergraduate degree opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
No college degree is required to apply for a position as an EOD Technician. However, a high degree of difficulty should be expected. Training is tough and ongoing. You can apply for the Navy Warrior Challenge contract for EOD Technicians at any time during your first enlistment.
Visit the Navy SWCC PST Calculator to review the current minimum Navy Physical Screening Test (PST) requirements for Navy Challenge Programs.
Additional requirements specific to Active Duty EOD Technician candidates include:
You should be in excellent physical condition and possess good swimming skills. The ability to perform detailed tasks in stressful conditions is also essential.
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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What to Expect
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician
As a Navy EOD Officer, you will have duties that can cast you on missions across the world. Your job may require you to:
Your missions will take you to every corner of the world. One assignment may have you parachuting from 17,000 feet into enemy territory, while the next may deliver you stealthily to a foreign nation via an 11-foot RHIB boat….. click apply for full job details