Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist (89D)

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.

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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.