What EOD Is All About


The duties of an EOD officer are fairly circumspect. After an extensive period of training, the enlisted officer, having perhaps already expended himself in a few tours of duty as a full-time or reserve active duty army personnel member, can be deployed to both the public and private sector. Against the background of heightened security risks, public law enforcement agencies continue to rely heavily on these specially trained officers. Because of the extreme risks they face, these officers are obliged to wear specially prepared eod gear.

This protects them from the likes of accidental bomb explosions during the process of endeavoring to dispose of such a dangerous device, hidden and detected somewhere in a busy precinct. The EOD acronym represents the title of this safety and security specialist, namely the explosive ordnance disposal officer. This is a highly trained officer who is required to prevent the tragic loss of life during times of crises.

Apart from potential officers having to undergo extensive training before being sent into the line of fire, the most advanced tools and equipment and technically guided systems are accompanying training modules. The training programs and protection equipment in use have been developed to set up a code of best practices inhered from years, in fact, over a hundred years of experience covering operational environments.

EOD gear typically includes explosives identification detection capabilities, the use of X ray systems and the imaging of threat items as well as the protective equipment that any one officer must carry on his person, to say nothing of the protective clothing that he must wear at all times during his operations. Basic to advanced training will include learning how to counter threats, being able to access a dangerous environment and reducing the amount of time spent within an operational environment.

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As a matter of interest, EOD trained personnel are the US army’s foremost tactical and technical bomb and explosives disposal experts. They are also trained to fight. They can attack, defeat and exploit, albeit the unexploded apparatus. These men and women are also trained to handle advanced technologies as well as the so-called weapons of mass destruction. These men are no longer confined to local environments, often being called upon to support military operations across the world.

Typical duties of a full-time EOD professional include the ability to research and identify a potential ordnance, help in the use of advanced robotics devices, dispose of hazardous ordnances explosively and always prepare and maintain all tools and vehicles in and out of operation. Not anyone can become an EOD officer. In the main, those who wish to serve in this area still need to first go through the mandated Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This entails a series of tests to help candidates better understand their strengths, helping them to identify those areas which may best suit them.

Those who wish to serve their country and their communities must, it has to be said, be very brave soldiers indeed.