Explosive Ordnance Disposal: The ultimate bomb squad
by Brandpoint (ARA) Sponsored Content
Feb 14, 2014 | 23645 views | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(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* Safely disposing of hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics and outdated explosives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.

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.