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The Importance of Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Teams

When it comes to the military, all teams are vital in day-to-day operations to ensure the safety and well-being of others. According to, “Explosive Ordnance Disposal members undertake some of the Air Force’s most dangerous missions in diverse and unforgiving locales worldwide.”

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, members are highly trained and skilled members of the Air Force who specialize in identifying and disposing of unexploded bombs, hazardous materials, and more. They work in teams or sometimes alone and employ specific tools and vehicles to locate these items and dispose of them safely for the welfare of others.

While the Air Force didn’t have EOD teams until World War II in the 1940s, it is an extremely lucrative and essential team that’s used often to neutralize threats. A huge bomb raid dropped around 337 tons of ordnance in one day with bombs that killed over 400 London civilians. Soon after, it was discovered that many live bombs were still scattered around London, which is when the British military created its first mine and bomb disposal units, which later became the Emergency Ordnance Disposal. 

Like any team in the Air Force, becoming a member of the EOD team is not easy physically, mentally, or emotionally. You must be able to follow instructions and procedures exactly to succeed on the EOD team. Potential members must undergo extensive training in various subjects, including explosive physics, chemical safety, electronics, and robotics.

In order to become a member of the EOD team, there are many qualifications and requirements that must be met:

  • Must be at least 17 years old with a high school diploma, GED, or 15 college semester hours
  • A minimum score of 54 on the Predictive Success Model
  • No less than 60 inches tall and no more than 78 inches tall
  • Completion of the EOD Initial Fitness Test twice
  • No record of emotional instability or treatment within the last year
  • Must pass a color vision evaluation
  • Receive and maintain “Top Secret” security clearance

If you’re considering becoming a member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team or want to learn more about it, please reach out to us! We would love to be a resource for you!