Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians are enlisted men or women who volunteer prior to basic training or at any time during their enlistment prior to their 31st birthday. Candidates must be United States citizens and eligible for a security clearance. Other basic requirements are 20/200 bilateral eyesight (correctable to 20/25 with no color blindness) and the ability to pass a physical and medical exam. A minimum ASVAB score of 109 in AR+VE and 51 in MC, or a combined total of 169 in GS, MC and EI is required as well.
New recruits may volunteer for the job prior to basic training, but will still have to complete the standard basic training course before beginning job training. The physical exam requires recruits to be able to swim 500 yards and run 1.5 miles in 12 minutes and 30 seconds, respectively. They also must be able to do 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups and six pull-ups. They have two minutes to complete each exercise.
Additional requirements specific to active duty technicians include no non-judicial punishments or court martial convictions for 12 months prior to application, ability to pass a hyperbaric pressure tolerance test and a recommendation from the candidate's current commanding officer.