Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician: Career Details - Operation Military Kids (2023)

Navy EOD is more than a rating, it is a community.

EOD is a group of highly trained Sailors who are responsible for the safe disarmament and disposal of explosives.

They are prepared to handle and dispose of most all types of explosives, whether they be homemade or professionally constructed.

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Navy EOD can also be called upon to dispose of specialized types of ordnance, such as chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, whether they are on land, sea, or in the air.

This group of dedicated men and women are an integral part of America’s Special Forces community whose role in the military’s mission has been a pivotal piece of the greater war-fighting picture since the beginning of World War II.

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Who Can Be Navy EOD?

It is no secret that any part of our military’s Special Forces is not an easy group to join.

There are very strict guidelines for admission, with requirement waivers rarely being granted.

The following are the minimum requirements you will have to meet, in order for you to be eligible to apply to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal program:

  • 20/200 bilateral eyesight that is correctable to least 20/25
  • Applicant cannot be colorblind
  • ASVAB AR and VE line scores combined, must be at least 109, MC score of 51, or a combined GS, MC, and EI score of 169
  • Not older than the age of 30
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be capable of obtaining and maintaining a security clearance
  • Cannot have any significant medical conditions that render applicant unable to meet requirements outlined in NAVMED P-117 (ask your recruiter for details)
  • Pass a physical and separate medical examination required for divers
  • Meet the Navy PRT Test standards

In addition to meeting the above requirements, you will have to participate in a Navy Physical Screening Test (PST).

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The following are the minimum scores necessary to pass the screening test:

  • Begin by swimming 500 yards using either the sidestroke, or breaststroke, within 12 minutes 30 seconds
  • 10-minute rest
  • 2-minutes to complete at least 50 push-ups
  • 2-minute rest
  • 2-minutes to complete at least 50 sit-ups
  • 2-minute rest
  • Complete 6 pull-ups under no time limit
  • 10-minute rest
  • Finally, you will have 12 minutes and 30 seconds to complete a 1.5-mile run

It is important to remember that the physical requirements for the EOD program training, as well as the ongoing occupational responsibilities, are extremely taxing.

The above standards are the MINIMUM requirements, but you are expected to EXCEED the minimum requirements when applying.

Those who wish only to accomplish the minimum, need not apply.

Males and females who meet the above requirements are eligible to enlist under the Navy EOD program.

No college degree is required to enlist as a Navy EOD Technician, but a bachelor’s degree will be required to consider commissioning as a Navy EOD Officer.

EOD Training and Qualifications

Meeting the application requirements is the easiest part of what lies ahead for you as a Navy EOD Technician.

Just like with the Air Force EOD program, the training is both extensive and rigorous, not just physically, but mentally as well.

It is intended to weed out the best of the best, and then prepare that small group for their lives as Navy EOD Techs.

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You can expect to be in the Navy and training for more than a year before becoming a rated Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.

Your training will begin in Navy boot camp at Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois.

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Here, you will be placed in a specialized Recruit Training Division for entrants into the Navy Special Warfare ratings.

In these divisions Recruits will be exposed to a more rigorous Physical Training (PT) schedule than the average Navy Recruit at boot camp would be.

Pending extenuating circumstances, Navy Recruit Training lasts 8 weeks.

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Upon graduation of Navy Recruit Training, you will attend the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Preparatory Course of Instruction “across the street” from the Recruit Training Command, at Training Support Center Great Lakes.

Here, you will lay the groundwork that the rest of your EOD training is going to build off of.

In this course, you will work on your long-range swimming capabilities, and receive training on how to perfect your swim stroke.

You will also begin to experience a more rigorous physical conditioning program to prepare you for your future training.

This training cycle will last for a total of 3 weeks and will be the first point at which candidates will begin dropping from the program.

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Once you have completed the EOD Prep course, you will attend 9 weeks of Diver Training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, Florida.

During your time at NDSTC, you will learn concepts of diving and diving equipment, how to properly operate and maintain diving equipment, and of course, how to properly dive under the water.

In this course, you will learn to be comfortable and confident under the water.

The next step in the Navy EOD training pipeline is the Explosive Ordnance Disposal A School located at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

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This 42-week course will teach you to disarm, or “make safe”, the different types of explosive ordnance you may come across.

The course is split into four separate sections, each covering a different part of the EOD Technician specialty:

  • In the Air Ordnance Division your training will focus on disarming different types of bombs and missiles
  • In the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) portion, you will be taught how to work with homemade bombs
  • The Underwater Ordnance Division will of course teach the skills necessary to disarm underwater explosives, such as torpedoes and mines. This course will also teach you the vital skill of underwater search techniques.
  • Nuclear Ordnance Division is going to introduce you to basic nuclear physics, as well as procedures for working with nuclear material, including radiation monitoring and decontamination.

After you have completed EOD School, you will head to Fort Benning, Georgia, where you will attend the Basic Airborne Training School, also known as Jump School.

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Here, you will attend 3 weeks of training, where you will certify as a basic parachutist.

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Finally, after completing jump school, you will begin the final leg of your journey to earn the Navy EOD Technician rating, in Coronado, California.

Over the course of the 3-week Explosive Ordnance Disposal Tactical Training Course, you will learn important skills such as:

  • Fast-rope
  • Rappelling
  • Special patrol insertion
  • Extraction rigging
  • Small arms training (M9, M16, Mossberg 500)
  • Weapons training (.50 Caliber, M240)
  • Small unit weapons tactics
  • Self-defense
  • Land navigation
  • Patrolling
  • Satellite and High Frequency tactical communication

Upon completion of the EOD training pipeline, you will officially be assigned the M02A Navy Enlisted Code (NEC) designating you as a Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.

After 63 weeks of training, you can now proudly call yourself a Navy EOD Technician.

The training doesn’t stop here of course. Nay EOD Techs are able, and are encouraged, to take advantage of advanced training opportunities to earn specialized skills.

Advanced training opportunities available to Navy EOD include:

  • Helicopter insertion
  • Parachute water insertion
  • Advanced Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (AIEDD)
  • Jumpmaster
  • Small Unit Tactics instructor
  • Small Arms Instructor (SAMI)
  • Foreign language school at the Defense Language Institute
  • EOD Communications

Any EOD Technician who earns their bachelor’s degree, is eligible to apply for a commission as a Navy EOD Officer.

Life as Navy EOD

Once training is complete, and you are officially a rated Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, you will be assigned to an EOD Mobile Unit.

Here you will receive on the job training, and valuable experience in your new career.

Mobile Units can be deployed anywhere in the world, and are often attached to Naval Special Warfare Companies, Carrier/Expeditionary Strike Groups, and Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU).

Once you arrive at your Mobile Unit, you will find yourself doing any number of tasks.

Depending on your units assignment, some of the tasks you will be completing day-to-day may include:

  • Detonating and demolishing hazardous or outdated explosives
  • Conducting underwater searches at ports of entry to ensure safe arrival for ships throughout the fleet
  • Responding to bomb threats in support to Navy, and local law enforcement agencies
  • Training with, and utilizing robotic technology to diffuse dangerous ordnance
  • Disposing of discovered unexploded underwater ordnance
  • Assisting the U.S. Secret Service in support of Presidential and Vice Presidential protection details during official visits
  • Assisting local law enforcement agencies during large events

During your time as a Navy EOD Technician, you will work side by side with Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, Air Force PJs, and other Special Forces units of the United States and foreign militaries.

You will have the opportunity to achieve the designations of Senior, and Master EOD Technician.

These opportunities will come as you advance to higher paygrades and earn experience throughout your career.

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Pay and Compensation

Your pay is going to be based on a combination of your rank and time in service.

Once you become a rated EOD Technician, you will be automatically advanced to the paygrade of E-4.

This means your base starting yearly salary will be $27,684 as an E-4 over two, and max out at $89,698 as an E-9 with 30 years of service.

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This does not include Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), or Basic Allowance for Sustenance (BAS).

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Unique to the EOD rating, like all Navy Special Warfare ratings, are the special pay opportunities that come along with the job.

There is Dive Pay ($215 a month), “Jump Pay” ($225 a month), and Demolition Duty pay ($150 a month).

This brings the salary range to $34,764 – $96,778.

On top of your guaranteed monthly pay, you may also be eligible for up to $36,000 in reenlistment bonuses.

Again, this does not factor in your BAH, or BAS allowances.

BAH alone can range from $7,452 to $62,748 a year depending on your rank, marital status, and where you live.

Civilian Opportunities

There is a plethora of skills you will learn during your career in Navy EOD.

On top of all the specialized explosives skills you will perfect, you will also learn important skills such as leadership, teamwork, and how to work under severe pressure.

All of which will put you in a position to succeed during your military transition.

There are a vast number of career opportunities available to Navy EOD Technicians after their service:

  • EOD Weapons Engineer
  • Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Technician
  • Military, or military contractor EOD Technician
  • EOD Technical Trainer
  • Law Enforcement Officer with local law enforcement, FBI, DEA, CBP, and ATF
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Additionally, many Special Forces veterans find employment in areas not directly related to their military specialties, such as:

  • Managers
  • Executives
  • Teachers
  • Motivational Speakers
  • Authors
  • Personal Trainers
  • Non-profit Employees

None of these jobs sound good to you?

That’s ok, you can always go back to school!

Aside from the many credentialing opportunities EOD Technicians have available to them through their training, they also receive numerous college credits that can be put toward a degree of their choice.

These credits can be combined with Active Duty Tuition Assistance and the GI Bill to help them get the college degree they want for little, or no cost.


Navy EOD is not for the faint of heart.

It takes an immeasurable level of determination to make it through the training, and a substantial amount of courage to do the job.

These are the men and women who not only put their lives on the line by joining the World’s Finest Navy, but they volunteer to endanger themselves even further to protect their Shipmates and Marines by disposing of the dangerous explosives that threaten their safety.

Navy EOD Technicians are proud of their accomplishments, and they’re not afraid to step up to the plate when no one else will.

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Their commitment to exceed expectations drives them to continually accomplish goals none thought possible.

Navy EOD Technicians serve everywhere.

One day they may jump out of a plane, the next they could be underwater disarming an unexploded mine from World War II.

They work hand-in-hand with Special Forces all over the world, as well as local law enforcement agencies, to ensure the safety of Americans everywhere.

If the idea of this rating excites you, and you think you have what it takes to be one of the chosen few who can call themselves Navy EOD Technicians, then talk to your recruiter and ask them when you can begin your journey.

Keep yourself motivated, and always remember why you chose this line of work.

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Nick Anderson has been serving on Active Duty in the U.S. Navy for the last 10 years. He graduated from Saint Leo University with his B.A. in Accounting and is a graduate student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, pursuing an M.B.A. in Finance. Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Nick enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17. During his deployments onboard the USS Fort McHenry, he traveled to 23 countries on four continents, sailing roughly 42,000 nautical miles across 30 seas and five oceans. He currently resides in Meridian, Mississippi.

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How long is Army EOD school? ›

Job training for an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist requires completing 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 36 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Some of the skills you'll learn are: Basic electronics/electricity fundamentals.

How old do you have to be to be an EOD in the US Army? ›

Age: STA-21 EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) Option selectees must be at least 19 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and be commissioned prior to 30th birthday. Maximum age limit may be adjusted upward for active service on a month-for-month basis up to twenty-four (24) months.

How hard is EOD Tech School? ›

Training & Advancement

Becoming an EOD Officer 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. All EOD Officers must attend a certified Navy Officer training program.

What does EOD do in military? ›

Job Overview

As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, you'll be the Army's preeminent tactical and technical explosives expert. You'll have the advanced training and critical skills needed to disable and defeat explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

How many people pass EOD school? ›

To become an EOD Airman, a candidate must go through the Air Force's EOD preliminary course and Navy School EOD. Historically, the EOD technical training program had a 75 percent attrition rate. This means, for every 500 Airmen enrolled in the program, the Air Force will gain an average of 125 EOD Airmen.

How often do EOD techs deploy? ›

Navy EOD currently operates off a 24-month cycle that includes one six-month deployment.

What military branch is best for EOD? ›

The warfighting arm of Navy Special Operations is comprised of the most elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) units in the world.

How long is Army EOD contract? ›

Bonuses are earned upon completion of the EOD training pipeline and a six-year enlistment contract.

Can you join the Army without Year 12? ›

While you are not required to have completed Year 12 to join, it is best to check each job page for specific entry and education requirements.

Do EOD techs carry guns? ›

Like other American Soldiers, Army EOD technicians qualify with the M17 handgun and M4 rifle but they use the M107 sniper rifle to destroy explosives at long ranges.

What happens if you fail EOD school? ›

Officers who fail to pass EOD School will revert to their basic branch. Duty Stations: Upon graduation of Phase 2, Officers are officially EOD qualified and will proceed to their first EOD duty assignment.

Does EOD pay well? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $199,500 and as low as $18,000, the majority of EOD salaries currently range between $40,000 (25th percentile) to $90,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $135,500 annually across the United States.

Where is EOD basic training? ›

Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida is a jointly staffed school (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) under the authority of DoD Directive 5160.62, providing high-risk specialized, basic and advanced EOD training to U.S. and partner nation military and selected U.S. government ...

Where do EOD get stationed? ›

Life as Navy EOD

Mobile Units can be deployed anywhere in the world, and are often attached to Naval Special Warfare Companies, Carrier/Expeditionary Strike Groups, and Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU).

How much do Army EOD get paid? ›

How much does an Army EOD make? As of Feb 28, 2023, the average annual pay for an Army EOD in the United States is $53,901 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $25.91 an hour.

What is the Asvab score for EOD? ›

Applicants must also be able to lift more than 50 pounds and earn a general score of 64 and a mechanical score of 60 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery entrance exam.

Why is EOD so hard? ›

EOD school is both very mentally taxing and very physically taxing. It's also about a year long, about a year, year and a half. It's tough being that mentally, not beaten down, but mentally worn out I guess, and physically you're working out real hard everyday.

Is EOD considered special forces? ›

Navy EOD works closely with the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and is classified as Navy Special Operations. Naval Special Operations: EOD (Navy Diving and Explosives Ordnance Disposal) dismantles and renders safe unexploded ordnance to include underwater mines, landmines and IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

What do EOD techs do after the military? ›

Law Enforcement (LEO)Â

Transitioning from the military into law enforcement is the most obvious field EOD techs go into. Being an EOD tech in the military uniquely prepares individuals to be on a bomb team or diving squad in law enforcement.

What is the dropout rate for EOD? ›

Air Force EOD Training Pipeline

This training is more physically focused, prepping the new technician to handle the physical aspects of the position, while working as a team. From there, it's a trip to Eglin AFB, Florida. Attrition [is] between 40-65 percent at NAVSCOLEOD.

Is Army EOD Airborne? ›

In 2012, the 28th EOD Company earned its status as the first ever Airborne EOD company.

Which military branch goes to war first? ›

The Marine Corps is often first on the ground in combat situations.

What's the highest paying job in the military? ›

Highest-paying Military Career Jobs
  • Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officers. ...
  • Armored Assault Vehicle Officers. ...
  • Artillery and Missile Officers. ...
  • Command and Control Center Officers. ...
  • Infantry Officers. ...
  • Special Forces Officers. ...
  • Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders. ...
  • Medical, Pharmacy, and Dental Services.

What is the shortest Army contract? ›

The U.S. Army has expanded its two-year enlistment options, making it easier for individuals who may not be comfortable making a four- or six-year commitment.

Are all military contracts 4 years? ›

Most first-term enlistments require a commitment to four years of active duty and two years of inactive (Individual Ready Reserve, or IRR). But the services also offer programs with two-, three- and six-year active-duty or reserve enlistments. It depends upon the service and the job you want.

What branch does EOD fall under? ›

Also known as the “EOD Badge” or "Crab", the decoration is issued by the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The EOD Badge is the only occupational badge awarded to all four services under the United States Department of Defense.

At what age will the Army not accept you? ›

The maximum age to join the Army as an enlisted Soldier is 35, while Officers must accept their commission before age 31. However, the Army can lift some restrictions based on the need for certain roles to be filled. It's possible to receive an age waiver if you retire with 20 years of military service by age 55.

Can you join Army with tattoos? ›

While the armed forces have content prohibitions for tattoos, the policies have evolved and become less restrictive regarding size and location. The current policies permit tattoos almost anywhere on the body except for on the head and face.

Is Army college free? ›

Each branch of the U.S. military has its own college-level service academy to train future officers. All of these academies are free to attend in return for a commitment to serve, but they are highly competitive in terms of admission.

How many EOD techs are in the military? ›

The EOD profession is one of the most dangerous occupations in the military. On average there are over 6,000 brave men and women serving as EOD technicians who willingly put themselves in harms way to protect the lives and property of others.

How much do civilian EOD techs make? ›

The Eod Specialist salary range is from $73,632 to $113,854, and the average Eod Specialist salary is $90,673/year in the United States.

Is EOD a good MOS? ›

These specialists are highly trained and perform a dangerous, technical job. EOD Specialists are tactical and technical explosives experts, and is considered one of the most dangerous MOS in the Army.

Does EOD require top secret clearance? ›

EOD Soldiers require a top secret security clearance for special access programs. Individuals must have a completed SSBI that was favorably adjudicated by the DOD Central Adjudication Facility (CAF).

What are the colors of EOD? ›

The symbolism of the patch design is that the red (crimson) and gold (yellow) refer to the traditional colors of the U.S. Army Ordnance Branch. The bomb is a common symbol used to identify EOD units and illustrates the mission of the Group.

What is EOD training like? ›

The EOD training pipeline starts with three weeks of preparatory training at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. The candidate will work on swim stroke development, long range swims and physical conditioning. EOD candidates will then attend an additional 51 weeks of rigorous training.

What are EOD perks? ›

E.O.D. Take reduced damage from non-killstreak explosives and fire. E.O.D. is an excellent choice for Perk slot 1, especially following the nerf to Serpentine. It's a Perk that can save your life, even if you aren't an aggressive player.

How much do bomb techs make in military? ›

Bomb Technician Salaries
Job TitleSalary
US Army Bomb Technician salaries - 1 salaries reported$44,480/yr
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US Air Force Bomb Technician salaries - 1 salaries reported$45,650/yr
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What percent of the Army is EOD? ›

Did you know only ONE percent of the US Military serve as an EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) TECHNICIAN?

What are the ranks of EOD? ›

Basic, Senior and Master are the three levels of the EOD badge, the only joint service occupational badge awarded by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.

Where is Army EOD trained? ›

The U.S. Army McMahon Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center is located on Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. A branch of the U.S. Army's Ordnance School, McMahon trains soldiers and members of other services on EOD skills.

Where does Army EOD go to basic training? ›

Army EOD Soldiers are trained at a seven-week preparatory course on Fort Lee, Virginia.

Where do EOD get deployed? ›

Many deployments are to back-bases, lacking a combat mission but filled with ordnance responses, range work, and training. However, AF EOD teams are still deploying outside the wire in areas like Syria and Afghanistan. EOD techs can currently expect to (on average) deploy (180 day rotations) once every 2-3 years.

Where do army EOD get stationed? ›

The 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) is the command and control headquarters for all U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Battalions and Companies located east of the Mississippi River in the Continental United States (CONUS).
52nd Ordnance Group (EOD)
52D Ordnance Group (EOD)
HQFort Campbell, KY
CommanderCOL Matthew Kuhns
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What is the fail rate for EOD? ›

Both our Officers and Enlisted Soldiers attend the same Joint EOD training with all Air Force, Marine, and Navy EOD students. EOD School is both hands on and academically challenging. There is currently a 30% attrition rate for Army officers. Officers who fail to pass EOD School will revert to their basic branch.


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