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Old 01-25-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Any EOD guys on here?

I submitted my packet for EOD school back in November 2012, the first one got kicked back because I was unable to do some more paperwork they needed while I was on emergency leave. I resubmitted my packet and around July 2013 I was given a class date of February 2014. Then that got canceled and changed to November 2014 so I'm pretty much just waiting to get out of Germany, I start OJT with the local EOD unit in June.

Any EOD guys want to throw out some advice?
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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its always the blue wire!
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:35 PM   #4
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I met a former (not retired) Navy Chief that was EOD. He just joined the Army and is off to Army Boot at the Age of 55. He's guaranteed E7 outta boot and going do 4 then go reserve.

FYI, dude's BA.
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I'm colorblind ...
Options may be limited then. If you're colorblind I seriously doubt EOD is going to be an option for you. Sorry but color differientation is a factor. As a former TT you had to have normal color vision to even qualify for the rate and the reason being you had to be able to differentiate wire colors. If you're color blind how can you differentiate wire colors to diffuse an IED or a bomb? Not being a dick but I've seen people with color blindness (post rate merger TT/TC merger to IT in the CG) that could not tell the diff between wire colors to make a simple 8P8C connector. My former Chief could not make a connector nor tell the diff between a green led or a red led. If you're color blind I'm sorry.
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I'm not colorblind. I just said that in response to his "cut the blue wire". Colorblind was automatic no go on the packet. probably shouldn't have joked about being colorblind, but it's already been said. Sorry if anyone is offended.
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Sorry didn't mean to be so serious. I have lots of friends in EOD both on the military side and in Law Enforcement( formally military!) Very good people and am very gratefully they are on our side. They do tend to be more on the crazy side which is why I got along with them I suppose. My only advise to you is to study hard and learn the math which is a pain from what I understand. Good luck to you and your endeavors.
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I went through a good portion of Air Force EOD school. Ended up getting washed out, but that's besides the point. Just pay attention to every little detail you are taught, and don't do ANYTHING more than what is asked of you to do. If they say "do A and B" don't jump the gun and try to do "C" as well.

pay attention and study your job hard, and you should have no problems.

It may help save your life or others someday. Good luck brother
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I submitted my packet for EOD school back in November 2012, the first one got kicked back because I was unable to do some more paperwork they needed while I was on emergency leave. I resubmitted my packet and around July 2013 I was given a class date of February 2014. Then that got canceled and changed to November 2014 so I'm pretty much just waiting to get out of Germany, I start OJT with the local EOD unit in June.

Any EOD guys want to throw out some advice?
Welcome. I can't speak much on what Army EOD life is like since I'm in the Air Force. However I could try and field any questions.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:32 AM   #10
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Sorry didn't mean to be so serious. I have lots of friends in EOD both on the military side and in Law Enforcement( formally military!) Very good people and am very gratefully they are on our side. They do tend to be more on the crazy side which is why I got along with them I suppose. My only advise to you is to study hard and learn the math which is a pain from what I understand. Good luck to you and your endeavors.
I knew you were messing around, that's why I joked back haha. It's all good.
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I went through a good portion of Air Force EOD school. Ended up getting washed out, but that's besides the point. Just pay attention to every little detail you are taught, and don't do ANYTHING more than what is asked of you to do. If they say "do A and B" don't jump the gun and try to do "C" as well.

pay attention and study your job hard, and you should have no problems.

It may help save your life or others someday. Good luck brother
Thanks for the info. Yeah I know what you mean about the A and B thing, they also said if one instructor tells you to do it one way and another instructor tells you to do it differently then whatever instructor you test with do it the way that instructor taught you.
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Welcome. I can't speak much on what Army EOD life is like since I'm in the Air Force. However I could try and field any questions.
Is Air Force EOD not at Eglin? I was told I'd move from Germany to Eglin to get housing then go TDY to Ft. Lee for 3 months for the 1st phase of EOD school then upon completing that I'd go back to Eglin for the 2nd phase. I can't wait to start OJT in June. I been waiting awhile.
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Is Air Force EOD not at Eglin? I was told I'd move from Germany to Eglin to get housing then go TDY to Ft. Lee for 3 months for the 1st phase of EOD school then upon completing that I'd go back to Eglin for the 2nd phase. I can't wait to start OJT in June. I been waiting awhile.
Well it's been 12 since I finished EOD school and times have changed. I know that the Army guys went to Red Stone for their indoc to EOD for a few weeks. Then return to Eglin to finish out the rest of EOD school. All services are trained at Eglin, but each service has it's on preliminary prerequisites.

The Air Force goes to a prelim course in Texas to weed out people before sending them to Eglin and take up a slot. Either way you look at it, it's a long road. It's all in what you make of it. If you have the right attitude you can finish.

I have a few friends that are instructors there and I can ask them any questions you might have. Good Luck.
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I appreciate it, if anything comes to mind I'll let you know. I'm hoping going to OJT (on job training) with the local EOD unit here will help a good bit.

Maybe ask them what type of workout regimen they recommend, I do PT Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Not gonna lie its pretty relaxed, plan to start hitting the gym soon. I been focusing most of my free time on studying for this "Warrior of the Month Board" and promotion board that I have coming up.
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I appreciate it, if anything comes to mind I'll let you know. I'm hoping going to OJT (on job training) with the local EOD unit here will help a good bit.

Maybe ask them what type of workout regimen they recommend, I do PT Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Not gonna lie its pretty relaxed, plan to start hitting the gym soon. I been focusing most of my free time on studying for this "Warrior of the Month Board" and promotion board that I have coming up.
I wouldn't get too deep in the weeds on the OJT. The problem with that is misinformation. It's almost best to attend EOD school with a blank slate. The things they teach you there are mostly relevent to the school house only. What you want to avoid is learning how things are done in the real world and try to apply them to the fantasy land which EOD school is. If you get there and they tell you the sky is green, then for you the sky is green while there. You will run in to this a lot if your mind is filled with actually real world items from your OJT.

The school is designed to mimic drinking water from a firehose. It's a lot of information thrown at you and you need to be able to spit it back out. You know what it's like playing the military game, it's just like that with a few more rules.

As far as PT goes, I have no idea what the Army is doing. I am sure it isn't relaxed so take this time to step up the game. Good luck man, If you have specific questions I will call over to the school house and ask.

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thanks, yeah that makes since what you said about going in there not knowing anything. they said the same thing at basic. that they would rather you never have shot a rifle before so they could teach you the proper way.
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I'm not an EOD tech. but on my last deployment (route clearance). EOD came over and talked to us, jokingly said come on over if you can walk 40' in the 200lb. bomb suit they would hook you up with a application. anyway PT is very important. I've only seen them suit up twice. but both times they walked a long way. My suggestion, watch the hurt locker, and due the complete opposite, for the rest of your career. PS. good luck
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I'm not an EOD tech. but on my last deployment (route clearance). EOD came over and talked to us, jokingly said come on over if you can walk 40' in the 200lb. bomb suit they would hook you up with a application. anyway PT is very important. I've only seen them suit up twice. but both times they walked a long way. My suggestion, watch the hurt locker, and due the complete opposite, for the rest of your career. PS. good luck
not gonna lie, I almost stopped reading once you said watch the hurt locker, haha. Thanks for the info. I need to buckle down on my workouts, PT 3 times a week for an hour isn't going to cut it. Trying to get through these boards then start hitting the gym heavy.
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I met a former (not retired) Navy Chief that was EOD. He just joined the Army and is off to Army Boot at the Age of 55. He's guaranteed E7 outta boot and going do 4 then go reserve.

FYI, dude's BA.
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I am currently at the school now. I'm in the Air Force so I would be glad to answer some of your questions about the school in general and would be glad to ask some of my Army classmates about the Army side of things. As for the PT, Air Force has a final formation at 1700 and we do some pretty good PT for an hour to an hour and half five days a week. For the Army, they have PT four days a week, but I am not sure the intensity of the workouts. I also have a Marine Sergeant and he had some OJT, it has helped him, but like the post above the school house wants you to do it there way. Most of the time its not the easiest, but they just want to make sure you are able to learn and comprehend the things they are teaching you. The school is pretty tough! Getting up at 0345 and not getting back until around 1900 isn't to much fun. The washing out is the most stressful part on me though, especially with all the cuts going on you never know if you will get another chance. But if you have any questions just let me know and I will do my best to give you a good answer.
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