Military stories from a former Navy explosive Ordnance disposal technician



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

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  • 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

  • Demolition supervisor

  • Secret Service details: 20+

  • HRST / CAST Master

  • Real IEDs disarmed - Way too many

  • Ships sunk - USS Oriskany | The USS Guadalcanal

  • Robot Operator - Talon | Packbot | RONS

Navy EOD gear

Personal gear issue for the average navy explosive ordnance disposal technician

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.


Diving operations EQUIPMENT

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.

Standard Navy EOD dive gear consists of

  • Wet suit, semi dry, and dry suit

  • Dive fins

  • Tactical titanium dive knife

  • Dive mask

  • Dive watch ( usually a pathfinder similar to the one on the right )

  • Snorkel

  • 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.

Other water related operational gear

  • Water wings or other personal flotation device

  • Waterproof beacon

  • Whistle

  • HEEDs bottle

Navy EOD gear | Air operations EQUIPMENT

Air operations gear

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

  • Rappel Harness

  • Figure 8 & carabeiners

  • Anti fog goggles

  • Freefall jump glasses

  • Freefall helmet

  • Freefall jumpsuit

  • Rappelling gloves

  • 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.

  • Stardard Uniforms

  • Operational Uniforms

  • Current cold weather system - Mine was all Patagonia

  • Lightweight sleeping bag

  • Heavyweight sleeping bag

  • Waterproof sleeping bag

  • Weapons cases

  • Tactical Electronics kit

  • Tactical survival kit

  • Mine probe

  • 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

  • Gas mask

  • Tactical Goggles

  • Tactical ballistic helmet

  • Whatever the most current advanced ballistics body armor with every pouch imaginable

  • M4 magazines

  • Sig magazines

  • 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

  • Hammock

  • Rigging equipment

  • Blowout kit

  • Tactical knifes of the kind you can only dream of

  • Demolition knives

  • Crimpers

  • Gerber C4 multi tool

What is navy eod?

As per

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


Work Environment

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.

how long is navy eod training school?


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)

  • Jumpmaster training

  • 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.


Education Opportunities

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:


Qualifications & 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.

navy eod asvab, eye sight, age and more

  • 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.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Meaning of the eod badge

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.









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)

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group Two

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 )




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