NSW/NSO/AIRR Mentor / Coordinator / Scout Naval Recruiting District-Minneapolis
BMCS Dan Ploussard, SEAL (Ret)
SOCS Eric Lundquist, SEAL
AWSC Aaron Albright, AIRR
AO1 (AW) Caleb Cochran
AO2 (AW) Ben Klein
As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, you will be part of a highly skilled group on call to respond to any type of ordnance – with specialized training to handle chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons. You will work side-by-side with other EOD technicians – carrying out dangerous, difficult missions, saving lives and making the world a safer place.
As an EOD Technician, you will:
Locate, identify, neutralize, recover and dispose of various ordnances, such as sea mines, torpedoes and depth charges
Work with other Special Operations units, such as Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, and Marine Expeditionary Units
Work with the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of State, helping to protect the President, Vice President, and other officials and dignitaries
Provide support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs Office, ATF and the FBI, as well as state and local police bomb squads
Assist in security at large international events, such as the Olympics or world summits
Your unique skills and knowledge will add to the strengths of other Special Operations units, as well as your own.
Investigation and demolition of natural or man-made underwater obstructions. Preparing coastal regions for amphibious landings. Providing intelligence about potential threats both in the United States and abroad. As an expert in the most conventional and unconventional of explosives, you will ensure the secure disposal of explosive weaponry.
As an EOD technician, you could take on such responsibilities as:
Carrying out the demolition of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics and outdated explosives using detonation and burning techniques
Performing underwater location and identification of foreign and domestic ordnance
Working with cutting-edge technology to remotely disable unsafe ordnance
Performing parachute/helicopter insertion operations in support of missions
Supporting military and civilian law enforcement agencies
Executing underwater mine countermeasure operations to clear waterways in support of the Fleet
No college degree is required to become a Navy EOD technician, but a high degree of difficulty and satisfaction come standard with nearly everything you’ll do. Training is tough and ongoing, and for those with further leadership aspirations and a college degree, Officer roles are available – providing the opportunity to lead and train others.
Training and Advancement
Becoming an Explosive Ordnance Disposal 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 respect.
After two months of recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, your Explosive Ordnance Disposal training will begin. The typical training schedule for new recruits is divided into five distinct phases:
PHASE 1: EOD PREP COURSE OF INSTRUCTION
The EOD training pipeline starts with three weeks of preparatory training in Great Lakes, Illinois. The candidate will work on swim stroke development, long range swims and physical conditioning.
PHASE 2: DIVER TRAINING
EOD candidates will attend nine weeks of dive school held at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, Florida. Training will begin with basic concepts of scuba diving as well as dive physics, physiology and basic dive medicine. Candidates also learn about the various kinds of equipment, such as the MK16 underwater rebreather.
PHASE 3: BASIC EOD SCHOOL
At 42 weeks, Basic EOD School is the longest phase of the training process. After successful completion of dive school, candidates transfer to Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. This training is broken down into four sections, each teaching how to render-safe or defuse specific types of ordnance. These are:
Air Ordnance Division — Focuses on bombs and missiles
Improvised Explosive Devices — 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
PHASE 4: BASIC PARACHUTE TRAINING
Upon completion of basic EOD school, graduates will attend three weeks of Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, where candidates qualify as a basic parachutist. At “jump” school, EOD technicians learn the concepts of basic static line parachuting.
PHASE 5: EOD TACTICAL TRAINING
The final phase of EOD training is three weeks of EOD Tactical Training in San Diego, California. This will consist of 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 completion of the EOD training, 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.
EOD technicians are offered a number of advanced training options to hone and specialize their skills. These include:
Helicopter insertion training
Basic parachute training and parachute water insertion training
Advanced Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (AIEDD)
Small unit tactics
Small Arms Instructor
Language school (Defense Language Institute)
EOD Communications (tactical radio communications)
Candidates may volunteer for EOD during basic training at Recruit Training Command, at “A” school, or at any time during their enlistment prior to their 31st birthday.
Males and females are eligible
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=165
Pass a medical exam for divers (Approved by Diving Medical Officer)
30 years of age or younger
Pass a pressure test (for diving)
One year without non-judicial punishment
Must be a U.S. citizen and eligible for security clearance
You must also complete the Physical Screening Test Requirements:
Perform a 500-yard swim using side or breaststroke in 12 min 30 sec or faster (10-minute rest)
Perform a minimum of 50 push-ups in 2 minutes (2-minute rest)
Perform a minimum of 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes (2-minute rest)
Perform a minimum of 6 dead-hang pull-ups: no time limit (10-minute rest)
Run 1.5 miles in 12 min 30 sec or faster
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 previous 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 two years
Be screened by an EOD Officer or E-6 or above Master EOD Technician
Be recommended by your current Commanding Officer