Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician

MGySgt to Sgt - PMOS


Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians perform various duties may include locating, accessing, identifying, rendering safe, neutralizing, and disposing of hazards from foreign and domestic, chemical biological radiological nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE), unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive device (IED), and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that present a threat to operations, installations, personal, or material.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen; cannot be a dual citizen.
  • Must possess a GT score of 110 or higher.
  • Must be eligible for a top-secret security clearance based on a completed Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). Applications for the SSBI must be submitted prior to attendance of EOD School, Eglin AFB Florida.
  • Must meet all requirements for assignment to a critical position within the Nuclear Weapons Personnel Reliability Program (PRP); refer to SECNAVINST 5510.35B.
  • Must be screened per NAVMC Form 11361, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) lateral Move Screening Checklist.
  • Must have a first class Physical Fitness Test (PFT) (accomplished during the EOD screening process).
  • Be a volunteer in the grade of Sergeant or Corporal in any MOS. Sergeants requesting a lateral move to EOD must not be selected for Staff Sergeant in their current MOS.
  • Must have normal color vision and no claustrophobic tendencies. (Bomb suit agility test will be administered during the EOD screening.)
  • Must meet the medical requirements listed in article 15-107 of reference (aj) for explosive handling and/or explosive driver.
  • Prior to entry into EOD School, Marines must have sufficient obligated service to allow 36 months remaining upon graduation.


  • Requirements for continued qualification and progression training are:
    • All EOD Technicians will be annually screened for continued service in the EOD MOS using NAVMC Form 11362. Based on the comprehensive standards covered under NAVMC Form 11362, EOD technicians will not be screened using NAVMC Form 11386
    • The following core competencies must be trained to sustained by all EOD technicians:
      • Render safe of explosive ordnance (EO)
      • WMD operations.
      • IED defeat operations.
      • Disassembly and inerting.
      • Post blast investigation.
      • Advanced TTPs for EOD tools and equipment.
      • Advanced electronics.
      • Specialized demolition techniques.
      • EOD robotics employment and usage.
      • UXO operations.
      • Destruction of explosive ordnance.
      • Explosive ordnance exploitation.
      • Explosive ordnance reconnaissance.
      • Homemade explosive (HME) ID and neutralization.


Related SOC Classification/SOC Code:

  • Command and Control Center Specialists 55-3015.

Related Military Skill:

  • None