In this section you will find some of my many Navy EOD ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal ). Being an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician has given me to opportunity to do some amazing things. If you would like to see my military career stats feel free to continue reading past the story section here you will find other things such as
12 years in US Naval Special Operations
Rank achieved EODC (EWS/AW/FPJ) E7
Master Explosive Ordnance technician
Deepest dive on record - 175 Ft Arabian sea MK16 mod 1
Highest free-fall jump w combat equipment 15,000 Ft
Deployments - 6
SCUBA Diving Supervisor
MK 16 diving supervisor
Secret Service details: 20+
HRST / CAST Master
Real IEDs disarmed - Way too many
Robot Operator - Talon | Packbot | RONS
There are pretty much two things that I miss about being a Navy EOD tech. #1 would have to be the amazing people I had the opportunity to work with, and #2 would have to be the amazing gear that I had as an operator.
In this section I am going to go over some of the gear that is issued you as a Navy bomb technician. I have been out for a few years now, but for the most part the types of gear are going to be the same in terms of personal gear issue so let’s get started.
The Navy is the only branch in the armed services with the capability to conduct Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations underwater. This requires more training that any other branch. With specialized training comes specialized gear.
Wet suit, semi dry, and dry suit
Tactical titanium dive knife
Dive watch ( usually a pathfinder similar to the one on the right )
NRS dive workboots
Once you get further in your career and get to a shore duty station, the gear gets even better due to each shore detachment getting a budget to purchase gear for each EOD tech so you can end up with some really awesome gear like a titanium citizen divemaster watch.
Water wings or other personal flotation device
Not only are Navy EOD technicians divers capable of diving up to 300’, they can also be static and freefall qualified ( such as myself )
Here are some of the Navy EOD gear issued for air operations. ( Some air operations gear crosses mission areas such as water so there may be some repeats on this list )
Waterproof light beacon
Light weight protec helmet or equivalent
Figure 8 & carabeiners
Anti fog goggles
Freefall jump glasses
Fast rope gloves
I am not going to get into every single mission area that the average Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician has to cover, but with each mission area comes specialized tools personally issued to each EOD technician.
Current cold weather system - Mine was all Patagonia
Lightweight sleeping bag
Heavyweight sleeping bag
Waterproof sleeping bag
Tactical Electronics kit
Tactical survival kit
More backpacks, go backs, kit bags, and gear bags than you could possibly dream of
So many Pelican cases you can’t get out the front door of your house
Chemical response backpack
Tactical ballistic helmet
Whatever the most current advanced ballistics body armor with every pouch imaginable
Weapons cleaning kit
Peltor electronic comms & hearing protection
Oakley ballistic sun glasses
Oakley ballistic sun glass lens kit
Multiple types of tactical boots most of with are not even authorized for the rest of the Navy
MSR camping stove
Tactical knifes of the kind you can only dream of
Gerber C4 multi tool
As per Navy.com
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 service members and civilians.
As a Navy EOD Technician, you will have many far-ranging duties that can cast you on missions across the world. Your duties may require you to:
Detonate and demolish hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics and outdated explosives
Work with cutting-edge technology to remotely disable unsafe ordnance
Perform parachute or helicopter insertion operations
Support law enforcement agencies
Clear waterways of mines in support of the Fleet
Your unique skills and knowledge will add to the strengths of other Special Operations units, as well as your own. As an EOD Technician, you may also:
Locate, identify, neutralize, recover and dispose of various ordnances, such as sea mines, torpedoes and depth charges
Support other Special Operations/Special Warfare units, such as Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces and Marine Expeditionary Units
Help the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of State to protect the President, Vice President and other officials and dignitaries
Assist with security at large international events, such as sporting events or world summits
Your missions will take you to every corner of the world. One assignment may have you parachuting from 17,000 feet, while the next may deliver you via an 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). It all depends on which unit you’re supporting and the type of mission to be completed, as well as the required equipment weight of each team member, weather conditions and other parameters.
Becoming an EOD 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, Ill., your EOD training will begin.
EOD Prep Course of Instruction (3 weeks) – The EOD training pipeline starts with preparatory training in Great Lakes, Ill. 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, Florida. 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, Fla. This training is comes in four sections, each teaching how to render safe or defuse specific types of ordnance.
Air Ordnance Division – Focuses on bombs and missiles
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) – 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
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, Calif. 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 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 a number of advanced training options to hone and specialize their skills
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)
For those with further leadership aspirations and a college degree, Officer roles are available – providing the opportunity to lead and train others.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. 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/Naval Special Operations (NSW/NSO) 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 EOD community 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 opportunities like:
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 ( This can be waved if your command is cool )
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.
The Wreath Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD personnel who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.
The Bomb Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.
Lightning Bolts Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.
The Shield Represents the EOD mission - to prevent a detonation and protect the surrounding area and property to the utmost.
MASTER EOD BADGE
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group One
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California
EOD Mobile Unit ONE, Naval Base Point Loma, California
EOD Mobile Unit THREE, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California
EOD Mobile Unit FIVE, Naval Base Guam
EOD Mobile Unit ELEVEN, Imperial Beach, California
EOD Training and Evaluation Unit (TEU) ONE, Naval Base Point Loma, California
Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) ONE, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
EOD Operational Support Unit SEVEN, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California (decommissioned)
Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia
EOD Mobile Unit TWO, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia
EOD Mobile Unit SIX, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia
EOD Mobile Unit EIGHT, Naval Station Rota Spain, Spain
EOD Mobile Unit TWELVE, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia
EOD Training and Evaluation Unit (TEU) TWO, Joint Expeditionary Base East, Virginia
Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) TWO, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia
EOD Operational Support Unit TEN, Joint Expeditionary Base East, Virginia (decommissioned)
EOD Mobile Unit SIX, Charleston ( Transferred to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia )
EOD Mobile Unit Eleven, Oak Harbor WA ( Transferred to San Diego, CA )