(BPT) - Diving beneath ships. Parachuting out of aircraft. Clearing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Navy Explosive Ordnance (EOD) Technicians control weapons and render safe explosives on land, in the water or wherever perceived threats may lurk. Protecting others by handling situations with steady hands and even steadier nerves.
Young men and women excited by these challenges and opportunities may be interested in becoming EOD technicians. Your missions will take you to every corner of the world. One assignment may require you to parachute from over 17,000 feet, while the next may require riding an 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat or a 30-ton rapid response vehicle.
As an EOD Technician, you will be part of a highly skilled team, with specialized training to handle chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons. You will take on exciting new challenges every day and work side-by-side with fellow EOD Techs and other Sailors carrying out dangerous and difficult missions, saving lives and making the world a safer place.
Whether getting the job done in a bomb suit or by utilizing state-of-the-art robotic technology, Navy EODs are exposed to the most advanced tools in the Navy, making their job vital to the safety of servicemen and civilians.
Some of the many duties you may have as a Navy EOD Technician include:
* Safely disposing of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics and outdated explosives
* Performing underwater location and identification of unsafe ordnance
* Working with cutting-edge technology to remotely disable unsafe ordnance
* Performing parachute/helicopter insertion operations in support of various missions
* Supporting military and civilian law enforcement agencies
* Executing underwater mine countermeasure operations to clear waterways
No college degree is required to become a Navy EOD technician, but a high degree of difficulty and satisfaction come standard with nearly everything you’ll do.
For more information about opportunities to serve, visit www.navy.com/careers/special-operations/eod.html.