EOD & Search

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This is available as a full time Army role.
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GET TRAINED AND SAVE LIVES AT HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD

IT'S AN EXCITING AND INTERESTING JOB GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A GENUINE DIFFERENCE AND HELP PROTECT PEOPLE
As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Search operator you'll be on your journey towards becoming a bomb disposal and high risk search expert for the Royal Engineers. Whether helping to make safe a World War II bomb found in a back garden, or locating and destroying improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on operations, you'll be working as part of a highly skilled EOD and Search team. We'll teach you everything you need to know to help you start your specialisation in this field. You'll also be part of a friendly Sapper family, enjoying sports, Adventure Training and more.
  • EOD & Search is part of the Trade Roles of the Royal Engineers. All the Royal Engineer soldier job roles are divided into 5 groups. When you apply to the Engineers, you will apply to the trade group rather than the specific trade. More about types of roles in the Royal Engineers.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to weapon handling. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you'll complete a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you'll complete the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
Then it's off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as field fortifications, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Finally, you go to the Defence EOD, Munitions and Search Training Regiment, Bicester for 7 weeks. Here you will specialise in EOD and Search.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications: GCSE Grade A–D/9-3 in at least English Language, Maths and one other subject
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3m
  • 2km run 11m
  • MSFT (beep test) level 7.5
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 & 3 City and Guilds working in High Risk confined spaces (water)
  • Level 3 City and Guilds in emergency rescue and recovery of casualties from confined spaces (water)

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

One of the best things about working in EOD & Search is that every job is different. There's always a new problem to solve; and you have to find the right solution. What I do with my team saves lives.

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

Training For The Role

Step 1
Even as a potential Royal Engineer, you'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from first aid to weapon handling and shooting. This will be challenging as you will be required to push your limits, often in the field. It will develop your team work, build confidence and build on your personal fitness. Various options for attendance and completion are available.

Step 2
Then it's off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley. Here, you learn military engineering skills and complete the 2 week Reservist Combat Engineer Foundation course. This course teaches you engineering skills that you will call upon throughout your career.

Step 3
Finally, you go to the Defence EOD, Munitions and Search Training Regiment, Bicester for 2 weeks. This is where you will train to become a specialist EOD&S Team member.

All of the above training is delivered at a pace to suit your availability and it will be a two way partnership with guidance from your Unit training team.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 42 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3m
  • 2km run 11m
  • MSFT (beep test) level 7.5
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No previous experience or formal qualifications are required, however you will be assessed on your numeracy and literacy. You will also undertake a trainability test to identify your suitability for this technical role.

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Junior Management Qualifications
  • Army Physical Training Instructor
  • Adventurous Training Instructor Qualifications

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate for every period of training you attend according to your rank, starting from £40.13 in training and rising to £51.22 per day once you're a Sapper (Royal Engineer Private). This includes being paid for weekly training nights & a travelling allowance. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days (27 days per year), you're entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

"One of the best things about working in EOD & Search is that every job is different. You are a soldier, a Combat Engineer and EOS&S specialist all rolled into one. With such variety there's always a new problem to solve; and you have to find the right solution. What I do with my team saves lives."

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local Army Reserve recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in and allow us to assist you with your preparation. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take some tests to assess your suitability for the chosen role - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

There is only ONE Reserve Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search Regiment, this is 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD&S). with Sub-Units around the UK.

Contact us by email: 101ENGR-RECRUITING-MULTIUSER@MOD.GOV.UK

Find out more or contact your local EOD & Search Reserve Unit:

RHQ & 221 Field Squadron (EOD&S) – Catford & Bexleyheath

217 Field Squadron (EOD&S) – East London & Essex

350 Field Squadron (EOD&S) – Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire

579 Field Squadron (EOD&S) – Tunbridge Wells, Redhill & Rochester

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