EOD Technician setting off an underwater explosive from the shore

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

“Clear the Way!”

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians (EOD) locate, identify, render safe and explosively dispose of foreign and domestic ordnance. Explosive devices include conventional, chemical, biological, nuclear, underwater, and terrorists type devices enabling access during military operations in support of Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups, Mine Countermeasures, Naval Special Warfare, and Army Special Forces.


A Day in the Life

EOD assignment involves the performance of hazardous duties involving demolition, diving, and parachute insertion. In addition to working with other military services, EOD technicians assist civilian law enforcement agencies in ordnance related anti-terrorism/force protection procedures.

In a typical day, an EOD Tech could:

  • Render safe any type of ordnance including improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

  • Conduct demolition of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics, and retrograde explosives using detonation and burning techniques.

  • Perform underwater location, identification, render safe, and recovery (or disposal) of foreign and domestic ordnance using SCUBA and specialized mixed gas diving equipment.

  • Perform parachute/helicopter insertion operations in support of missions.

  • Work with Naval Special Warfare, Army Special Forces, and joint military or coalition forces.

  • Support military and civilian law enforcement agencies.

Bomb disposal robot
EOD technician in full protective gear
EOD technician investigating a wire in the desert

Becoming an EOD Tech

Personnel who volunteer for EOD must be in excellent physical condition. Comfort in the water beyond good swimming. The ability to perform detailed mechanical tasks under stress and adverse conditions is important.

EOD Tech candidates must be able to work in small teams for extended periods of time. Other helpful attributes include strong imagination, resourcefulness, a good memory, knowledge of mathematics, and manual dexterity.