One of the more well-known and exciting careers in the United States Navy is the Special Operations Ordnance Disposal Technicians. These brave Servicemembers often work as part of short units, but also are detached and work closely with SEAL teams, or Sea, Air, and Land special operations personnel. In some commands Special Ops Ordinance Techs are members of SEAL Teams.
These sailors are some of the most motivated, dedicated and physically fit soldiers in the Navy. Esprit de corps and teamwork rank very high, and dedication to the mission is job one. These personnel carry out dangerous and detailed missions, involving disposal and disarming of some of the worlds most advanced weapons and explosive devices. If you have what it takes to be a Spec. Ops Ordinance Disposal Technician then there could be many challenging and exciting opportunities available for you.
As a member of a Special Operations/Special Warfare community you will qualify for special and extra pay. Some of the types of pay you may qualify for include:
-Sea or submarine pay (if it applies).
-Diving duty Pay.
-Demolition duty Pay.
-Foreign Language Pay (if you are proficient in a foreign language this may be for you).
-Parachute Duty Pay.
-Special Duty and other Special assignment pay.
Also there is a special enlistment bonus available for the Special Operations/Warfare community candidate, up to forty thousand dollars is available if a person qualifies for this bonus.
As a Special Operations EOD technician, you may be called on to evaluate and dispose of ordinance in a variety of locales. You may be asked to accompany Navy Divers and disarm or render harmless water borne mines or explosives. Or, you may be called in to assist one of the other U.S. Forces to disarm or explode under controlled conditions a device on land. The environment you will be operating in as a Navy Special Ordnance Disposal Technician can literally be anywhere around the globe. Competition is intense and you have to be at the top of your game, in excellent physical and mental condition.
Explosive Ordnance Technicians are called upon to join with various units, such as Marine Expeditionary Units, Army Special Forces, and other Navy Seals to recover, identify, neutralize or exploit explosives, mines, depth charges, torpedoes, and other explosive devices. They are specifically trained to use a variety of methods, procedures and equipment to do this task.