Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School
Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal is a joint-service command consisting of members of the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Air Force. Oversight and management is the responsibility of the Department of the Navy. Our 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 known foreign ordnance, chemical weapons, biological weapons, nuclear weapons, clandestine improvised devices and any and all ordnance/devices which may be encountered under water (Navy students only). NAVSCOLEOD is a tenant command at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida and reports to the Commander, Naval Education and Training Command for all administrative/budget matters.
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Here students begin their training with fundamental knowledge that carries them through the rest of the course. Students are taught to use the CD-Rom based Automated EOD Publication Set (AEODPS). Other topics include Explosives & Explosive Effects and Applied Physical Principals.
Students learn about explosive safety and applied techniques involving the use of explosives to destroy explosives and explosive devices. Students must demonstrate proficiency on a live demolition range.
Tools and Methods Division
Students learn and demonstrate proficiency with various EOD tools and techniques used to locate and render safe ordnance. Personnel protection and safety are stressed.
Students learn knowledge and skills required to identify and deal with chemical and biological weapons/agents. Personnel protection, hot line procedures, and EOD emergency response procedures are stressed throughout.
Ground Ordnance Division
Students learn explicit processes involved in dealing with projectiles, rockets, landmines, and grenades. Extensive knowledge of U.S. and foreign ordnance items is stressed.
Air Ordnance Division
Students learn processes and procedures involved in dealing with various aircraft explosive hazards; bombs and bomb fuzes; dispensers and payloads; and guided missiles. Extensive knowledge of U.S. and foreign ordnance items is stressed. Students are also taught inherent aircraft hazards and how to approach and deal with ordnance on a variety of aircraft.
Improvised Explosive Devices
Students learn various techniques used in dealing with improvised and clandestine explosive devices. This includes identification and disablement of various bomb components.
Nuclear Ordnance Division
The final division for surface students is the Nuclear Ordnance Division. The curriculum includes studying and testing on various aspects of nuclear physics, weapon design and effects, and EOD emergency response procedures. Also included is contamination detection, personnel protection, and contamination control.