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Roles in the Corps: Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Godfrey:   My name is Staff Sergeant Jacob Godfrey. I'm a Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. We're like the bomb squad for the Marine Corps. I fell in love with EOD because of the team mentality. Everything is very close-knit. It's a small group. The job is something different every day. You're always learning, always doing something new. It's, in my opinion, the best job in the Marine Corps. Our basic school is about an eight-month school and you learn everything from initial safety as far as ordnance safety and handling, identification procedures, how to disarm or disable and render safe and then the use of demolitions to handle improvised devices. When we go down range, we're trained very well and we're confident in what we do. Our procedures are practiced time and time again, so we just go down and we do what we know how to do and that brings us home safe. We have a large array of tools. Anything we can to do procedures remote because the less you have to be down there with a person on top of a suspect item the safer you are. The robot is an MTRS TALON robot. It is one of several robots that we have to use. In my opinion, it's the preferred robot. It has a lot of power, it is very versatile and can be used in multiple environments. Instead of having to use a metal detector to walk down on a scene, we can send the robot down and that way we don't ever have to approach the item personally. We can do it all through the robot. It is a very technical job. There is a lot of learning that goes on in it and you have to be versatile in what you do. In our job, we're a 24-hour-response element. We're on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whenever the phone rings, it could potentially be a mission. We are a support element attached. Whenever the ground forces move in, if they see anything unsafe or suspicious, then we'll take a small security element and go and clear the situation. You have to have as much confidence in the Marines on the ground as you do in your team, the trust that you hold in them is very important. When someone needs some help, whether it be a Marine unit or a civilian unit and you're able to go down and just take care of it and no one gets hurt, everybody comes home safe and you've cleared that scene, that definitely makes you feel good because you know that you've helped in, if not anything else, saving someone's life.