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Reserve EOD Rating Established

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070925-27
Release Date: 9/25/2007 5:02:00 PM

By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Dave Nagle, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Navy is establishing an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician rating for the Reserve Component, effective Oct. 1.

The new rating aligns the reserve EOD community with its active counterparts, as part of the Navy’s continuing active-reserve integration, while increasing total force EOD readiness and supporting optimal manning.

For years, the EOD community has deployed trained EOD assistants in the reserves that provide dedicated support to the Navy with specific skill sets that enhanced a theater commanders capability in an area of responsibility.

“As the active EOD Component remains heavily engaged in missions in support of the [global] war on terrorism and those requirements have significantly increased over the past few years to what the active force has the assets to provide. A decision was made by the EOD leadership to further develop the reserve EOD capability by establishing a rating in the reserves,” said Command Master Chief (EWS) Farris Foresman of EOD Group 2 in Little Creek, Va.

By aligning reserve and active standards for the EOD rating, Sailors can focus on rating specific technology and training systems, while broadening their professional development, career opportunities and quality of service, according to NAVADMIN 236/07.

Additionally, it will allow the reserve component to recapitalize on already-trained EOD rated Sailors separating from active duty.

“Now, Sailors with EOD skills that are separating from active duty have the opportunity to continue to serve in the EOD community and contribute to the [global] war on terror[ism],” said Master Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EWS/SW) John Siegel, Enlisted Community Manager Technical Advisor at Navy Personnel Command. “Before creating the EOD rating, Sailors transitioning from active-duty to the Reserve Component would revert to their source rating and the EOD community would not be able to fully utilize their EOD knowledge, skills and abilities.”

The EOD Reserve force is being built so that it will have a mix of Reserve EOD Assistants that have and will be sent through the entire EOD school pipeline and active EOD Sailors that have or will separate from the active component. The overall goal, said Foresman, is to build a viable Force that maintains that experience and expertise EOD technicians have acquired.

“This ties into the EOD Community’s Total Force Vision by manning platoons and companies with fully trained EOD technicians to provide the Navy with a robust EOD Reserve capability to meet the ever changing future,” Foresman said. “In addition, it allows better integration between the EOD Active and Reserve Technicians in order to meet adaptive force packaging based on the Theater Commanders requirements.”

Reserve Sailors with the Navy Enlisted Classification codes 5332-5337 will automatically convert to the EOD rating. The first reserve EOD rating exams will be given in February 2008.

Additional details on the new reserve EOD rating are available in NAVADMIN 236/07.

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