Operations Specialist...but interested in EOD




 
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May 16th, 2004  
OpsSpec04
 

Topic: Operations Specialist...but interested in EOD


My name is Christina, I'm 18 and in DEP right now for the Navy. My job is operations specialist, but I'm really interested in Explosive Ordinance Disposal, since I can't be a seal :-/ Do you think I should just give the prt for EOD a shot when they offer it in boot camp? I know I won't pass because I decided late in the game that I wanted to try EOD and I haven't prepared myself for the swimming or the rest of the prt for that matter. I leave July 27th for boot camp...and I'm currently getting myself prepared for the prt in June at my dep meeting....if anyone that's in the Navy has information about boot camp, or anyone who's in EOD or has the job operations specialist...please leave me a note! Thank you
May 16th, 2004  
Sapper
 
Not in the USA, but I'm in a Spanish Combat Engineer unit and I've been for some time in the EOD team in a support role at the minesweeping team, doing the preliminary cleansing of the minefield - Now I drive a M113. EOD's activities are dangerous and exciting, and the rest of the army says we're slightly suicidal, but it's a very rewarding job. Nothing like the satisfaction of knowing that you might save a lot of civilians.

I can't speak about the EOD jobs in the USA, tough.
May 16th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
Hi OpsSpec04, Welcome to the forum.

I think one of our moderators, RnderSafe, may have some EOD info for you..
He should turn up here soon, I don't think he can resist any posts with "EOD" in the title..
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May 16th, 2004  
OpsSpec04
 
Thanks for the welcome!
May 16th, 2004  
Pogue
 
Welcome. All I can say is wish for the best. EOD is EXTREMELY competitive, at least it is for us Army guys...good luck
May 16th, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
OpsSpec, are you looking to put in a package for EOD while in A-school, or switch your contract before you leave?


Sapper, are you an EOD tech or a combat Eng? I thought I remembered you saying you weren't EOD, but I'm getting old..

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Originally Posted by pogue
EOD is EXTREMELY competitive, at least it is for us Army guys...good luck
For officers is can be somewhat competitive, but not extremely, esp if you already have a couple of years and a deployment under your belt. The biggest problem are slots for school, the Army only gets between 0 and 4 for officers, and that's really all they need. It is a breeze for enlisted, walk in, sign a contract - and off you go to school. The Army is always hard-up for EOD techs.
May 16th, 2004  
OpsSpec04
 
I guess the package for EOD while in A school....I know that I'm not changing my contract, I have to finish A school before I can go to EOD school if I pass the prt. I still don't know a whole lot about EOD....I guess one of the reasons I stopped here
May 18th, 2004  
Sapper
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RnderSafe
Sapper, are you an EOD tech or a combat Eng? I thought I remembered you saying you weren't EOD, but I'm getting old..
I'm not an EOD, but in an assault aengineer unit. However, we have several Lieutenants with the EOD training, and, of course, they need to have a support team (me, until I began to drive a M113). My Coy. is supposed to handle -among thousand of other things- the deactivation of mines, non-exploded charges and explosive tramps for the Brigade. Since we found quite a lot of them in Bosnia, I had the opportunity to see EOD's working very close.
May 18th, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sapper
I'm not an EOD, but in an assault aengineer unit. However, we have several Lieutenants with the EOD training, and, of course, they need to have a support team (me, until I began to drive a M113). My Coy. is supposed to handle -among thousand of other things- the deactivation of mines, non-exploded charges and explosive tramps for the Brigade. Since we found quite a lot of them in Bosnia, I had the opportunity to see EOD's working very close.
I learned the real tricks of the trade in Ireland / N. Ireland and various other tin pot countries during my time with the IDF. Nothing quite like OTJ "get out there and if you blow us up I'll put you back together again and kill you myself" training.