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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officers

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Work Environment

Explosive ordnance disposal officers usually work on bases or ships. Due to the need to keep forces supplied with weapons and munitions explosive ordnance disposal officers may spend time outdoors in all types of weather.

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Explosive ordnance disposal officers determine methods and procedures for locating and rendering safe all types of explosive ordnance. They lead teams that neutralize chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, as well as improvised explosive devices (IED).

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving.  Job training for explosive ordnance disposal officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments.  Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development.  Job-specific training content may include:  

  • Ordnance transportation handling and storage
  • Arming/disarming techniques
  • Ordnance disposal
  • Basic electronics/electricity fundamentals
  • Hazards and identification of United States and foreign munitions
  • Demolition materials procedures and operations
  • Chemical and biological ordnance disposal operations

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Attention to detail
  • Good organizational and management skills
  • Interest in working with guns and explosives

Related Civilian Careers

  • Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

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