The Navy is looking for a few good men — and women — who like to scuba dive, jump out of airplanes and blow things up.

Recent changes to the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal program means that 80 new sailors will be added to the rolls when EOD becomes its own job specialty, known in the Navy as a rating, on June 1.

Until the change, EOD technician was considered a sub-specialty for those in other ratings.

Petty Officer 1st Class Coalesce Browne of the Sigonella, Sicily-based EOD Mobile Unit 8 said that the sailors the Navy is looking for need to be physically fit and have good heads on their shoulders.

“They need both,” said Browne, who also serves as the area’s EOD recruiter. “We’ll weed out the people who aren’t physically ready. If they’re not smart enough, we’ll weed them out.”

And the candidates had better be motivated to be part of the EOD team, he said. Even before they become a team member, they will have spent nearly a year attending various military schools.

EOD candidates spend two weeks of indoctrination school at Great Lakes, Ill., two months at the Navy’s dive school in Panama City, Fla., 10 months of ordnance training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., six weeks of tactics training in San Diego, and finally three weeks of jump school at Fort Benning, Ga.

EOD technicians also will attend free-fall school after graduating from the basic program, according to a news release.

Other military schools available to EOD technicians include helicopter-rope suspension training, parachute jumpmaster training, small-arms instructor and foreign language school.

EODMU-8’s Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert Windle said that an EOD member’s job can be extremely varied.

“Everything from humanitarian de-mining, diplomatic security, direct-action support and combat deployments,” he said. “We support all the services.”

Qualified technicians receive extra pay, including dive duty pay and parachutist pay, as well as special duty assignment pay up to additional $225 per month for their experience level.

Basic EOD requirements are on the program’s Web site:

Those sailors interested in joining, and who are qualified for, EOD can contact Browne at DSN 624-6257.

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