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Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Overview: Whether they are dealing with criminal or terrorist devices or unexploded military munitions, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel play a vital role in very dangerous situations. This job requires dedication, attention to detail and the ability to function under pressure within the knowledge that what you are doing has great significance for the safety of others.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Locate, identify, disarm, neutralize and dispose of hazardous explosives and other life threatening materials or devices 
  • Utilize x-ray equipment, robotics systems and remotely controlled tools to access explosive devices 
  • Prepare plans and cost estimates for clearance operations 
  • Plan and develop EOD contingency operations 
  • Support Secret Service and other federal agencies in providing protection to President, Vice President and other dignitaries


  • High school diploma or GED is mandatory. Courses in physics, mechanics and basic electronic theory are desirable.
  • For AFRC personnel, please refer to AFRCI 10-210 regarding completion of AFIT WMGT 570 course
  • Minimum height of 5'2"- Maximum height of 6'8"
  • Must pass two components of the EOD physical ability and stamina test (PAST): run 1.5 miles in under 11 minutes and complete 3 pull-ups in under 2 minutes
  • Minimum score of 30 on EOD selection model completed in TAPAS
  • No record of claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces)
  • No record of emotional instability 
  • ASVAB score of 50 on General and 47 on Mechanical 
  • Meet eligibility requirements IAW AFI 32-3001, EOD Program
  • Passing color vision as defined by correctly identifying 10 of 14 Ishihara Plates
  • Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts and Blasters