Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

EOD specialists detect, locate, render safe, and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. These threats include chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, as well as improvised explosive devices (IED). These experts perform very challenging work for the cause of protecting other service members and the general public.  

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Work Environment

Explosive ordnance disposal specialists work indoors and outdoors. Their ciritical duties of rendering safe and disposing of ordnance primarily takes place outdoors.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialists in the Military

146

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Salary

Average Salary

$69,567

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 62%
  • Post-secondary certificate 20%
  • Some college 8%
  • Associate's degree 4%
  • Less than high school 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Explosive ordnance disposal specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Ammunition/maintenance operationsExplosives demolition operationsOperation of automated and manual ammunition management systemsBasic electronics/electricity fundamentalsHazards and identification of United States and foreign munitionsDemolition materials, procedures, and operationsChemical and biological ordnance and operationsChemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive incident defense (CBRNE)

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical
  • Law and Government
  • Engineering and Technology
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