Air Force

3E8X1:Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) – 3E8X1

They dispose of explosive ordnance to protect personnel, resources, and the environment from hazardous explosive ordnance, improvised explosive devices, and weapons of mass destruction. They use specialized tools, techniques, and personal protective equipment to diagnosis, monitor, evaluate, interrogate, mitigate, render safe, recover, and dispose of these devices.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Combat


Military Duties:

An EOD is responsible for keeping everyone safe from unknown or explosive materials. As an EOD, your tasks will include handling explosives daily and analyzing unknown munitions for different intelligence agencies. This position will also require detecting, disarming and disposing of unsafe ordnance. EOD specialists can work at any location around the world and can serve on the Air Force bomb squad. When not deployed, there is still a large demand for help stateside from an EOD specialist. The demand comes from the many bases in the US or even from a civilian entity.

Military Duties Translated:

Perform firefighting work, including preventing, combating and extinguishing fires to protect lives, property and the environment Operate fire equipment and tools appropriately Provide emergency medical care within scope of practice Quickly and effectively analyze hazardous situations and take appropriate course of action Participate in training, classes and drills in firefighting, emergency medical care, disaster response and specialized rescue Perform general maintenance work of fire equipment and facilities

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Fire Marshall