The Navy Explosives Ordinance specialist is the individual in the military that is trained to encounter any explosive or munitions type situation. Navy EOD personnel are considered to be the worlds foremost battle hardened combat premier anti terrorist force in dealing with explosives, IED devices, and even weapons of mass destruction. They work with all different types of weapons, and are an elite warrior team. They operate as part of Special Operations SEAL teams qualified to operate in any environment in any location around the world. They are qualified to parachute from 30 thousand feet, or to dive down to depths such as 300 feet.
Navy EOD specialists are volunteers, and trained to be the personnel that are the “first In,” to open a path and clear the road for ongoing battle operations. It may be dealing with an IED device; some type of biological or chemical weapon, even some type of nuclear weapon is not beyond the skills of the Navy EOD specialist. The Navy EOD Specialist is trained to attack explosive situations no matter what the type of obstacle. EOD Warriors are very highly trained; in small unit tactics, explosives, weapons, hand to hand fighting, diving, parachuting and a number of other Special Forces Operation type tactics. They operate as part of a clandestine force of operations either independently as a small unit response, or as part of an overall offensive combatant force.
The EOD members are part of and support different US special operations Command Teams, to include participation and support of both Navy SEAL and Army Special Delta Force teams. EOD Servicemembers conduct demolition of pyrotechnics, hazardous munitions, foreign and domestic explosives, and other types of shaped and irregular explosive charges. EOD personnel work closely with US Secret Service and State Department officials preparing the scene and sweeping for explosives to protect dignitaries, and POTUS (President of the United States) as well as other types of dignitaries and foreign officials.
After initial Boot Camp for Navy enlisted training, the EOD trainee starts a grueling program of training. Added together it is nearly 60 weeks of training that is heavy into physical conditioning and preparation, including dive school, hand to hand combat, and instruction on swimming and other physical activity. After training is finished with the EOD part the trainee will advance to airborne training in Fort Benning, Georgia to become Parachute Qualified. After that the last three weeks is Tactical EOD training in San Diego California.