There are significantly greater civilian EOD employment opportunities today than there were 20 years ago. Civilian EOD opportunities are primarily in two areas: in civilian law enforcement bomb squads at local, state, and federal levels and in civilian unexploded ordnance (UXO) clean-up companies who specialize in remediation of UXO contaminated areas, primarily at formerly utilized defense sites (FUDS). These UXO clean-up companies did not even exist 20 years ago, and the number of civilian bomb squads in the United States has greatly increased since that time.
Additionally many companies are seeking former EOD Soldiers to conduct threat and vulnerability assessments and provide mitigation analysis. The benefits of being an EOD Specialist are numerous and the opportunity for promotion is high. Along with EOD School you will have the opportunity to receive training in advanced skills such as Advanced Improvised Explosive Devices (AIED), British & Canadian IED Courses, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Courses.
With the additional training comes additional responsibility, and additional rewards. EOD Specialists are eligible for additional pay based upon their skills and duty position. Pay such as Special Duty Pay or SDAP, Assignment Incentive Pay, Demolition Pay, and a civilian clothing allowance.
Your skills will be critical to all of the missions your EOD team will accomplish. While on the team you will undertake missions that can affect national level policies and be one of the only official U.S. representatives in a country. Examples of current EOD operations are Humanitarian Demining Operations, Counter Narcotics missions in South America, Chemical Weapon Proliferation missions and other worldwide contingency missions. As a member of an EOD team, you can be responsible for designing and teaching classes, conducting assessments, and supervising foreign training staffs. After the mission you will have the satisfaction of performing your duties to a high standard and knowing that you will make a difference in the lives of millions of people.