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Military Occupational Specialty, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist

These are the Soldiers with the knowledge of how to render “safe” explosive devices and properly dispose of devices that threaten life and property.

To become an EOD Specialist you must be a volunteer, be physically fit,

And earn a qualifying score on the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.

And must qualify for a secret and or top secret clearance.

After completing 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training,

Soldiers will receive 39 weeks of Advanced Individual Training starting by completing Phase one at Fort Lee, Virginia and Phase two at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

While in training, Soldiers will spend time in the classroom, and in the field under simulated combat conditions.

EOD Specialists train in the hazards of U.S. and foreign munitions, as well as basic electronics and arming and firing systems, as well as analyzing munitions and identification using the EOD publication system.

You’ll also train to dispose of munitions safely using special firing devices and to operate ordinance locators and remote control tools to identify biological and chemical threats and how to decontaminate and safely dispose of them.

You’ll perform render-safe procedures on items like missiles and the disposal of other types of munitions, to include the examination of suspicious items using equipment like mine detectors and excavators.

Plus the examination of suspicious items using X-rays and using equipment like mine detectors and excavators for protection as well as remote-controlled vehicles for safer disposal of ordnance.

After your initial entry training and your advanced individual training, you’ll work in either a fixed location or an area where you can respond to specific emergencies or train for special tasks.

The training and skills that Soldiers acquire as an EOD Specialist can lead to positions of greater responsibility in the Army and will continue to benefit the Soldier after their service as they enter the civilian sector.

Testimonial on career advancement and benefits for civilian life.

EOD work is demanding and full of challenges. And most of all, it can save lives.

Become a part of the world’s most versatile and dynamic forces - Military Occupational Specialty – Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist (89D)

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


Explosive ordnance disposal specialist Soldiers are the Army's preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts. They are warriors who are properly trained, equipped and integrated to attack, defeat and exploit unexploded ordnance, improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

Explosive ordnance disposal specialists are the culmination of the best tactical and technical training the Army and civilian academia can provide. They are prepared to perform missions in support of Army units worldwide, across all operational environments.

Job Duties

  • Research and identify ordnance
  • Assist in the preparation and use of advance robotics
  • Explosively disposing of hazardous ordnance
  • Prepare and maintain tools, equipment and vehicles


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.


Job training for an explosive ordnance disposal specialist requires 10 weeks Basic Combat Training and 37 weeks of Advanced Individual training at Fort Lee, VA.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Basic electronics/electricity fundamentals
  • Hazards and identification of United States and foreign munitions
  • Demolition materials, procedures and operations
  • Chemical and biological ordnance and operations

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in algebra, chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Aptitude for planning and organizing
  • Work calmly under stress
  • Effectively use computers

Required ASVAB Score(s)

General Maintenance (GM): 105

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


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

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

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

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with government agencies, civil law enforcement and private industries performing ordnance research and development. You might also consider a future as a bomb-disposal expert, gunsmith or munitions handler.


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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