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.Qualifications and 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 first enlistment.
- 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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