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Roles in the Corps: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Roles in the Corps: Explosive Ordnance Disposal


My name is Staff Sergeant Jacob Godfrey. I’m a Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. We’re like the bomb squad for the Marine Corps. I fell in love with EOD because of the team
mentality. Everything is very close-knit. It’s a small group. The job is something different every day. You’re always learning, always doing something
new. It’s, in my opinion, the best job in the Marine
Corps. Our basic school is about an eight-month school
and you learn everything from initial safety as far as ordnance safety and handling, identification
procedures, how to disarm or disable and render safe and then the use of demolitions to handle
improvised devices. When we go down range, we’re trained very
well and we’re confident in what we do. Our procedures are practiced time and time
again, so we just go down and we do what we know how to do and that brings us home safe. We have a large array of tools. Anything we can to do procedures remote because
the less you have to be down there with a person on top of a suspect item the safer
you are. The robot is an MTRS TALON robot. It is one of several robots that we have to
use. In my opinion, it’s the preferred robot. It has a lot of power, it is very versatile
and can be used in multiple environments. Instead of having to use a metal detector
to walk down on a scene, we can send the robot down and that way we don’t ever have to approach
the item personally. We can do it all through the robot. It is a very technical job. There is a lot of learning that goes on in
it and you have to be versatile in what you do. In our job, we’re a 24-hour-response element. We’re on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whenever the phone rings, it could potentially
be a mission. We are a support element attached. Whenever the ground forces move in, if they
see anything unsafe or suspicious, then we’ll take a small security element and go and clear
the situation. You have to have as much confidence in the
Marines on the ground as you do in your team, the trust that you hold in them is very important. When someone needs some help, whether it be
a Marine unit or a civilian unit and you’re able to go down and just take care of it and
no one gets hurt, everybody comes home safe and you’ve cleared that scene, that definitely
makes you feel good because you know that you’ve helped in, if not anything else, saving
someone’s life.


Reader Comments

  1. I know a guy who claims he did this. I don't have a reason to doubt it. But he said he also fought in battled in Afghanistan. Do EOD guys also fight in battles or go on missions?

    Do you start in infantry and then go out to fight n battles, but can graduate to EOD later?

    I just want to make sure this guy is telling me the truth.

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