Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions

The Military Bomb Squad -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal

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U.S. Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team member wearing Level A Personnel Protective Equipment. David McNew / Getty Images

All Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) members within the military, attend their initial training at the consolidated Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Training Facility in Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida.  This is a Joint Service EOD training mission for all branches of service operated by the Department of Defense.  

Type of MOS : PMOS

Rank Range: MGySgt to Sgt

Job Description: EOD technicians perform various duties that include locating, accessing, identifying, rendering safe, neutralizing, and disposing of hazards from foreign and domestic, conventional, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives (CBRNE) unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and weapons of mass destruction (WMD that present a threat to operations, installations, personnel, or materiel.)

Job Requirements:

(1) Must possess a GT score of 110 or higher.

(2) Must meet all requirements for assignment to a critical position within the Nuclear Weapons Personnel Reliability Program; refer to SECNAVINST 5510.35.

(3) Must be fully screened per MCO 3571.2, using the current revision of the HQMC-approved EOD screening Checklist.

(4) Must have a first class Physical Fitness Test (PFT) (accomplished during EOD screening process).

(5) Be a volunteer in the grade of sergeant or corporal in any MOS. Sergeants must not be selected for Staff Sergeant in their current MOS.

(6) Must have normal color vision and no claustrophobic tendencies. (Bomb suit agility test will be administered during the EOD screening.)

(7) Must be a U.S. citizen.

(8) Must be qualified for an Explosive Driver's License as well as Emergency Vehicle Operator's License.

(9) Must be a graduate of the EOD Basic Course (CIN N56GPX).

(10) Must have a final secret security clearance based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)

(11) Must be qualified to handle Arms, Ammunition and Explosives (AA and E)

(12) In the performance of their duties, must be physically qualified for an Explosive Driver's License as well as Emergency Vehicles Operators License, as per NAVSEA SWO 20-AF-ABK-010.

(13) The following core competencies must be sustained:

(a) Advanced electronics.

(b) Advanced EOD Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP)

(c) Specialized Demolition.

(d) Post Blast Investigation.

(e) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

(f) Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)

(g) Robotics.

(h) UXO clearance.

The Joint Service EOD Course in Eglin AFB is comprised of the following sections:

    DEMOLITION DIVISION Includes how to make various explosive firing trains

    TOOLS & METHODS DIVISION Teaches you the various tools and methods of EOD work

    CORE DIVISION Teaches you the basic fundamentals of EOD work

    GROUND ORDNANCE DIVISION Focuses on projected munitions and grenades

    AIR ORDNANCE DIVISION Focuses on bombs and missiles

    IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE Includes “homemade bombs”

    BIO/CHEM DIVISION Includes lessons on various biological and chemical agents

    NUCLEAR ORDNANCE DIVISION Covers basic nuclear physics and radiation monitoring and decontamination procedures

    Every section teaches how to render-safe or defuse ordnance.

    Above information derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3

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