3E8X1 Explosive Ordnance Disposal

The 3E8X1 AFSC, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), involves performing critical operations to safeguard personnel, resources, and the environment from hazardous explosive ordnance (EO), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Here’s an overview of their duties, requirements, and specialty qualifications:

What does a 3E8X1 do?

  • Performs EOD operations to mitigate the effects of hazardous EO, IEDs, and WMDs.
  • Employs specialized tools, techniques, and personal protective equipment to detect, identify, and dispose of hazardous devices.
  • Conducts reconnaissance, assessment, render safe, recovery, and disposal operations on ordnance and devices.
  • Supports various aerospace systems/vehicles, conventional munitions operations, and counter-IED (CIED) and counter-WMD operations.
  • Executes nuclear weapon response, UXO recovery operations, explosive range activities, and combat enabler for irregular warfare.
  • Provides support to defense support to civil authorities activities and very important person/special protective activities.

Tech School Duration and Location:

  • Tech School: 169 days at Sheppard AFB and Eglin AFB.
  • CCAF: Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Duty Badge:

  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.


  • Male: 96.9%
  • Female: 3.1%


  • ASVAB: Mechanical - 47, General - 50
  • Strength: 80 lbs
  • Minimum height of 5’2”, maximum height 6’8”
  • No record of claustrophobia
  • Successful completion of the EOD physical ability and stamina test (PAST)
  • Minimum score of 30 required on EOD selection model completed in Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (TAPAS)
  • No record of emotional instability
  • Normal depth perception
  • Normal color vision
  • Secret clearance with Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Planning, organizing, and directing EOD operations.
  • Developing operational orders/plans, instructions, and safety plans.
  • Conducting counter-IED (CIED) and counter-WMD operations.
  • Executing nuclear weapon response and UXO recovery operations.
  • Engaging in explosive range activities and operational range clearances.
  • Supporting irregular warfare and defense support to civil authorities activities.
  • Conducting very important person/special protective activities.

Specialty Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in various areas including EOD flight organization, explosives and demolition procedures, range clearance operations, WMD response, and combat operations.
  • Education: Completion of high school or equivalent, with desirable courses in physics, mechanics, and basic electronic theory.
  • Training: Completion of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal apprentice course and Explosive Ordnance Disposal craftsman course.
  • Experience: Progression through different levels of experience involving operating EOD tools/equipment, executing response activities, and managing EOD functions or operations.

EOD specialists play a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of military installations, personnel, and assets by effectively neutralizing explosive threats and hazardous materials.

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