89D Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist

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Basic Job Description

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) 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 (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IED), chemical, biological, and nuclear ordnance and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). EOD Warriors are the culmination of the best tactical and technical training the Army and civilian academia can provide.

EOD Specialists perform duties locating, identifying, rendering safe and disposing of foreign and domestic conventional, biological, chemical, or nuclear ordnance and IEDs; WMDs and large vehicle bombs; they conduct intelligence gathering operations on first seen ordnance and IEDs, and support very important persons (VIP) missions for the U.S. Secret Service, State Department and other Federal agencies.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Researches and identifies ordnance using explosive ordnance disposal technical publications. Detects the presence of and identifies chemical agents. Prepares and maintains explosive ordnance disposal tools, equipment, and vehicles. Assists in operating an Emergency Contamination Control Station and Emergency Personnel Decontamination Station. Assists in locating and gaining access to buried ordnance. Assists the explosive ordnance disposal team leader in performing the major duties.

Supervises and provides technical guidance to less experienced soldiers. Performs radiological monitoring. Reads and interprets x-rays, diagrams, drawings, and other technical information on explosive ordnance. Conducts formal instruction to military and civilian audiences. Assists with the administrative duties necessary to support unit operations.

Assists in preparing technical intelligence and incident reports.

Training Information

Job training for an explosive ordnance disposal specialist requires 10 weeks Basic Combat Training and 39 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

ASVAB Score Required: 110 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: Top Secret

Strength Requirement: very heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 111121

Other Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Normal color vision required
  • Must be eligible for assignment to a critical nuclear duty position
  • Must be eligible for assignment to a presidential support assignment
  • Must be a volunteer
  • Be non-allergic to explosives
  • Be able to wear M3 type protective clothing while performing mission related functions
  • Must possess a valid state motor vehicle operator license

Similar Civilian Occupations

  • Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technicians