In today’s post, I would like to discuss the National Guard EOD Program. The Army EOD Program traces its roots back to the WW2 era. EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal. The MOS is 89D. These soldiers research and identify ordnance, assist in the preparation and use of advance robotics, explosively disposing of hazardous ordnance, and also prepare and maintain tools, equipment and vehicles. Both men and women can serve in the EOD Program. In my opinion, the EOD Corps has played an instrumental role in the Global War on Terrorism.
At the time of this writing, there are EOD units in the National Guard in the following states: MA, NY, WV, NC, GA, FL, AL, MI, AZ, CA, and WA. Here are a few EOD Companies that I know of.
- 753rd EOD Company in WVARNG
- 217th EOD Company in CAARNG
- 319th EOD Company in WAARNG
- 221st EOD Company in FLARNG
- 363rd EOD Company in AZARNG
I wouldn’t be surprised if more EOD Units are formed in the future in order to help react to the Global War on Terrorism.
This might change from time to time so make sure you sit down with a recruiter to learn more. As part of ARNG restructuring, the companies have almost doubled in size expanding from 23 to 44 personnel. As a result, there is a huge demand for EOD Sodiers in the ARNG.
In order to serve as an EOD Soldier you must score a 110 or higher on the Skilled Technical (ST) portion of your ASVAB. If you meet that requirement, you must attend Basic Training, followed by the 39 week EOD School at Fort Lee, Virginia. During the EOD School, you will learn lots of great skills, such as:
- Basic electronics/electricity fundamentals
- Hazards and identification of United States and foreign munitions
- Demolition materials, procedures and operations
- Chemical and biological ordnance and operations
EOD Soldiers are always in high demand and are normally eligible for reenlistment bonuses.
With everything that’s going on in the world today, serving in the ARNG EOD Program is a great way to position yourself for a successful career. There is plenty of room for upward mobility and many great perks. Best of all, there are many other government agencies and private companies that would want to hire you. So you could serve in the ARNG EOD Program and have a successful civilian EOD career, too!
On a side note, if you serve (or served) in the Army or ARNG EOD Program, I would love to hear your story. Please tell us about your training and your experiences. Just leave a comment to share your thoughts. Also, if you have any questions about the Army National Guard EOD Program, you can ask below, and I will do my best to provide an answer.
Thanks for visiting.
Former Army Major (resigned)
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