Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

Explosive Ordnance Disposal


EOD Technicians are on call to respond to any type of ordnance, and they receive specialized training on how to handle chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons. They investigate and demolish natural and man-made underwater obstructions, prepare coastal regions for amphibious landings, and warn about potential threats – both in the United States and abroad. With expertise in the most conventional and unconventional explosives, they ensure the secure disposal of explosive weaponry.

Whether getting the job done in a bomb suit or by utilizing state-of-the-art robotic technology, Navy EOD officers are trained to use the most advanced tools of their kind in a role that’s vital to the safety of servicemen and civilians.


Applicants will need to take the physical screening test (PST) and apply for the EOD Warfare First Class Summer Cruise. Applicants are selected based on the results of their PST, performance on their EOD cruise, and conduct in an interview with EOD officers.


The newly commissioned officer from the NROTC program will complete the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)/Diver course at Naval Diving and Salvage Center, Panama City, FL and progress directly to EOD training at Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD), Eglin AFB. Graduates will then be assigned as Division Officers at EOD Mobile Units where they will be immersed in the community's core warfighting competencies of EOD, Anti terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP), Expeditionary Diving and Salvage and Underwater Mine Countermeasures.

EOD Training is a 10-month course that is both physically and mentally demanding. It is a joint-service command consisting of members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. Oversight and management is the responsibility of the Department of the Navy. The mission is to train officers and enlisted personnel in the best methods of detection, identification, render safe, and disposal of explosive ordnance and related devices. This includes all known foreign ordnance, chemical weapons, biological weapons, nuclear weapons, clandestine improvised devices and any and all ordnance/devices which may be encountered under water.