One of the most dangerous jobs in the modern United States military is the Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialty. The job of handling and destroying explosives that is seized or turned over to the United States Military is a dangerous, but very important and vital job. The EOD Explosives Disposal career involves the storage and handling of various ammunition, munitions and explosives. The US Army and Marine Corps both have EOD specialists, and there are equivalent job specialities in some of the other Armed Services as well. The US Military EOD expert deals with chemical weapons, nuclear and biological weaponry, IED devices, and other types of conventional munitions.
What Does It Take To Be A Military Explosive Expert?
Working in this job field takes steady nerves and a calm demeanor. It is not a job for the faint of heart or the excitable type person. The EOD Disposal Specialists include identifying, locating and disposing of domestic and foreign made explosive devices. They work in a wide variety of environments, and at times they are required to come to the scene and disarm a bomb or explosive device to keep military and civilian personnel safe. Some of the different duty responsibilities that a military EOD disposal specialist deals with includes: identification of various weapons and ordnance prior to disposal and neutralization, rendering harmless and defusing unexploded bombs and explosives, disposing of different types of chemical and biological explosive devices safely, detecting and identifying various chemical agents, identifying various mass destruction type of weaponry, assisting in maintaining and operating different ordnance disposal tools, equipment and vehicles, and helping to construct and maintain field chemical decontamination stations and units.
If you seek to perform as an EOD specialist, you should be ready to deal with a variety of stressful situations and have the ability to function as a team member. This job calls for a steady hand and steady nerves. If you are able to function as part of a well-trained team, and have a lot of patience, then this is a job you likely will excel at.
Working as a senior enlisted EOD specialist you will work to assist in the training and supervision of junior EOD members of your team, or other teams. You will learn skills and receive training to support your weaponry and ordnance training, and learn to function in highly tense situations.