The Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community is looking for its future leaders.

More specifically, the Navy EOD community is looking for either civilian candidates or Sailors already serving in the fleet who are looking into commissioning through the Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Program (OPNAVINST 1420.1B). Both categories of candidates will have to complete the Navy’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) before they begin the long and arduous EOD pipeline.

Although not a Special Operations career field per se, Navy EOD operators are an elite cadre who often find themselves alongside the nation’s most elite units.

Last year, a female officer became the first to pass the grueling pre-selection process for Navy SEAL officers. However, instead of signing a Trident contract and heading to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, she chose the EOD community.

Commander Nicholas Quihuis, the community manager for EOD officers, said that “as one of the five unrestricted line warfare communities, we are looking for an officer candidate with an agile mind who can excel in any critical role they are placed in.”

For a competitive application, candidates must surpass the OCS entry standards, score high in the EOD Warfare physical screening test, and successfully pass an officer board.

“Right now, we are developing the future of the EOD force to face threats associated with great power competition,” added Commander Quihuis. “We need servant leaders and quite professionals who can conceptualize the tactical and strategic impacts that the EOD community makes every day in defense of our nation.”

The Navy EOD pipeline lasts for almost a year (51 weeks). It has five phases: