55D Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist

Name: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Branch: Army
Rank: Enlisted


Locates, identifies, renders safe, and disposes of foreign and domestic conventional, chemical, or nuclear ordnance and improved explosive devices.

Responsible for maintaining continuity of all unit operations and Movements; supervises coordination and deployment of EOD response teams over a wide geographical area; supervises establishment and maintenance of situation maps, journals, and technical intelligence reports; technical advisor at staff levels; supervises CONUS operations that support VIP missions for the U.S. Secret Service, State Department, and other Federal agencies; implements orders, policies and procedures.

Directs and supervises EOD range and area clearance operations; directs disposal operations for conventional and chemical munitions; coordinates EOD operations with Chemical Accident/Incident Response Officer (CAIRO); performs and maintains liaison with supported units and civil and federal law enforcement agencies; assists in planning, coordination, and execution of unit operations and movements; assists in preparation of operation orders and standard operations procedures; consolidates, edits and reviews reports.

Researches and identifies ordnance using EOD technical publications; detects the presence of and identifies chemical agents; prepares and maintains EOD tools, equipment, and vehicles; assists in operating an Emergency Contamination Control Station (ECCS) and Emergency Personnel Decontamination Station (EPDS); assists in locating and gaining access to buried ordnance; assists the EOD Team Leader in performing the major duties; supervises and provides technical guidance to less experience soldiers; performs radiological monitoring; reads and interprets x-rays, diagrams, drawings, and other technical information on explosive ordnance; conducts formal instruction to military and civilian audiences; assists with the administrative duties necessary to support unit operations; assists in preparing technical intelligence and incident reports; performs or supervises render safe and disposal procedures on conventional, chemical, and improvised explosive devices; develops new render safe and disposal procedures when none in existent or modifies existing procedures to adapt to new situations; supervises transportation and storage of explosives and unexploded ordnance; supervises operation of the ECCS and EPDS; advises commanders on precautions and actions necessary when unexploded ordnance is located in their area of operation; prepares technical intelligence and incident reports; advises military and civilian agencies on disposition of hazardous materials and searching techniques for improvised explosive devices; performs administrative and supervisory functions in maintenance, security, supply and training management; procedures when none exists or modifies existing procedures to adapt to new situations; supervises transportation and storage of explosives and unexploded ordnance.