Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Navy Diver are two separate professions within the Navy Special Operations community; however, if you are Navy EOD you will also be Navy EOD Diver qualified. Navy EOD works closely with the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and are classified as Navy Special Operations.
Naval Special Operations:
EOD -- (Navy Diving and Explosives Ordnance Disposal) dismantle and render safe unexploded ordnance to include underwater mines, land mines, and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices)
Navy EOD personnel are experts in explosives, diving, parachuting, as well as tactical skills of a combat fighter. The men and women of Navy EOD are capable of rendering safe all type of explosives to include conventional, improvised, underwater, chemical, biological, and nuclear. Navy EOD personnel are tasked to work with elite units within SOCOM, Federal Law Enforcement, Secret Service, other agencies within the Homeland Security Department as well as our foreign allies around the world. EOD units military wide are also experts in post- blast investigation using intelligence to create bomb maker folders with respect to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in areas where US and Allied troops fight.
Clarification: Navy EOD is NOT under the command of U.S. Special Operations Command (unlike Navy SEAL & SWCC). However, in the Navy, EOD is considered to be part of Naval Special Operations Community.
Pre-Recruiter: Do You Qualify?
Recruits must have the following qualifications to be considered for Navy EOD:
- Male or female and below 31 years old - Pass Dive Medical Physical Exam / Pressure Test - Vision must be 20/200 (correctable to 20/20). - No Color blindness. - Must be U.S. citizens - One full year without non-judicial judgments and - Score on the ASVAB: 110 (combined AR and VE) or 165 (combined GS, MC and EI). - Pass Navy SEAL/SWCC/EOD/Diver PST
Below are the steps required to becoming an enlisted member of the Navy Special Operations community:
Step 1: Choose a Spec Ops Source Rating
Go to a recruiter's office. You will have to sign up for a regular Navy Source Rating to join the Delayed Entry Program. However, once you pass the standards of the Navy EOD Physical Screening Test (PST), you will be given a new designation. The new ratings are the following:
- EOD: (EOD)
Ask your local recruiter about the Navy Special Warfare / Special Operations Mentor in your area. These former SEAL, EOD, Divers are mentor's for recruits and their duties are to help recruits prepare for training by giving regularly scheduled PSTs.
Step 2: Boot Camp Training
All recruits will report to Great Lakes Illinois to attend basic military training. During Boot Camp, you will be required to take and pass the Special Warfare / Operations PST again. If you pass at Boot Camp you are officially in the pre-training community - meaning you will get orders to the Navy EOD and Diving Schools.
Step 3: Pre-Training
Your job is to learn about the Special Operations Community as well as start an extensive physical training program for 3-4 weeks after Boot Camp in Great Lakes. The Pre-training program is to help candidates get into better shape as Boot Camp does not properly prepare a SEAL, EOD tech or Diver for their advanced training programs. However, to ace the PST at Boot Camp you need to be in top shape BEFORE Boot Camp otherwise you can easily fail this challenging fitness test.
The Pre-training instructors are not interested in weeding anyone out at this point. The goal of this training is to teach candidates that they will not survive the next phase of training if they strive for the minimum standards in the PST. Below are the minimum and recommended standards for the PST and success in these programs:
|PST Event||Minimum Standards||Competitive Standards|
|500 Yard Swim||12:30||9 Minutes|
|1.5 Mile Timed Run||12:00||9-10 Minutes|
The minimum standards will only get you into the program so you can train with your Mentor prior to Boot Camp. You still have to show up to Boot Camp in above average shape and it is recommended being able to hit all of the above recommended scores prior to Boot Camp to ensure a proper physical foundation.
Step 4: Training Cycle:
Basic Navy EOD Dive School - 9 weeks of diving training in Panama City FL where EOD candidates will learn basic diving as well as advanced re-breather diving using the MK16
Basic EOD Training - 42 weeks, Joint Service EOD School (NAVSCOEOD), at Eglin Air Force Base, FL - All military services attend this EOD Training Program after military personnel have passed their branches basic / advanced training programs within their service's EOD community. The Navy EOD will have an extra school compared to the other branches as they will focus on underwater explosives such as torpedoes, unexploded underwater ordnance, and underwater search techniques.
Basic Parachute Training - 3 weeks at Fort Benning GA at the Army's Basic Airborne Course where students will learn static line parachute skills.
EOD Tactical Training - The final 3 weeks are spent in Coronado CA where EOD students will learn tactical skills needed to deploy with Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, and Special Operations Forces.
Other EOD Branches in the Military - Army, Air Force, Marine, and other government entities involved in Explosives Ordnance Disposal (Bomb Squads) all attend a Joint Training Command - Navy operated EOD school on Eglin AFB, FL.
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