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EOD Officer

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer (89E)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


The explosive ordnance disposal officer leads the Army's preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts. Explosive ordnance disposal officers are the culmination of the best tactical and technical training the Army and civilian academia can provide and lead organizations comprised of similar Soldiers. They are prepared to perform missions in support of Army units worldwide and across all operational environments.

Job Duties

  • Commanding and controlling operations during land combat
  • Coordinate employment of ordnance Soldiers at all levels of command
  • Advise commanders and staff of potential or actual explosive ordnance disposal threats in the operational environment


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Explosive ordnance disposal officers must meet several other criteria as well, to include:

  • Maintaining a civilian driver's license
  • Normal color vision
  • No allergies to explosives or components of explosives

Additionally, explosive ordnance disposal officers must be able to maintain a top secret security clearance and be of impeccable moral character.


Job training for an explosive ordnance disposal officer requires completion of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, where you’ll learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles used in an ordnance platoon. Your training will take place in classrooms and in the field.

Following completion of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, you will attend an additional 36 weeks of advanced training. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • How to lead small explosive ordnance disposal teams in different operational environments
  • Basic electronics/electricity fundamentals
  • Hazards and identification of United States and foreign munitions
  • Demolition materials, procedures, and operations
  • Chemical and biological ordnance disposal operations

Helpful Skills

  • Self-discipline
  • Physically fit
  • Aptitude for planning and organizing
  • Work calmly under stress


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

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Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

Explosive ordnance disposal officers are uniquely qualified to work with multiple civilian and governmental organizations in the fields of security, munitions storage and disposal, and law enforcement.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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