The Eagle Flies for EOD Techs

It could be payday for nearly 147 Navy master explosive ordnance disposal technicians.

The Navy is critically short of experienced EOD technicians. The shortage is partly due to private contractors in Iraq actively recruiting military specialists with much higher pay for doing the same very dangerous job.

Under the Navy’s Critical Skills Retention Bonus program, an E-7 through E-9 EOD technician with 19 to 25 years of Navy service could get $150,000 to sign up for only six more years.

A sailor would receive 50% of the money at the time of reenlistment and the remaining 50% would be paid in equal annual installments each October over the period of enlistment.


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