EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD)
Trained to detect, disarm and dispose of explosive threats in the most extreme environments, EOD technicians bravely serve as the Air Force’s bomb squad. Assigned to some of the most dangerous missions, they perform tactically harrowing and technically demanding tasks in diverse environments worldwide. Some of the best and bravest Airmen, they do what needs to be done to keep others safe and guarantee mission success, no matter the cost.
- Handle explosives daily.
- Detect, identify, recover, disarm and dispose of unsafe explosives and ordnance
- Conduct nuclear weapon response
- Analyze unknown munitions and explosives for intelligence agencies
- Protect the president, vice president and other dignitaries.
- Maintain equipment, technical data and vehicles
High school diploma, GED with 15 college credits, or GED
Height must be no less than 62 inches and no more than 80 inches.
Successful completion of the EOD Physical Ability and Stamina Test
Minimum score of 30 on EOD selection model
Normal depth perception
No record of claustrophobia
No record of emotional instability
Physical qualification and maintenance of personal physical standards
Completion of 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT)
Ability to receive and maintain a “Top Secret” security clearance
Must be between the ages of 17 and 39.
BUILD NERVES OF STEEL
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BASIC MILITARY TRAINING (BMT)
7.5 weeks | Lackland AFB, TXThe first step to becoming an Airman happens in BMT, where trainees learn military structure, the core values of the U.S. Air Force and how to prepare both mentally and physically for life as an Airman.LEARN MORE
EOD PRELIMINARY COURSE (EOD PRELIM)
Six weeks/Sheppard AFB, TXTo prove they have what it takes, Airmen must undergo intense strength and conditioning training. They’ll also receive instruction and assessment on their ability to operate under pressure while conducting explosive operations.
NAVAL SCHOOL, EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (NAVSCOLEOD)
Eight months/Eglin AFB, FLAt this joint service schoolhouse, Airmen will train side by side with Army, Navy and Marine Corps candidates on subjects ranging from explosive tools and techniques to nuclear weapon response operations to build the skills needed to handle the most extreme situations.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
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PULL-UPS - 3 REPS
SIT-UPS (2 MIN) - 48 REPS
PUSH-UPS (2 MIN) – 40 REPS
RUN 1.5 MILES IN LESS THAN 11:00