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The Honored Crab by swiftmoonphoto The Honored Crab by swiftmoonphoto
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The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is a military badge of the United States armed forces which recognizes those service members, qualified as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians, who are specially trained to deal with the construction, deployment, disarmament, and disposal of high explosive munitions and may include other types of ordnance such as nuclear, biological and chemical weapons along with improvised explosive devices (IED) and improvised nuclear devices (IND). Also known as the “EOD Badge” or "Crab", the decoration is issued by the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The EOD Badge is the only occupational badge awarded to all four services under the United States Department of Defense.

The "crab", as it is commonly known, is the only joint service badge and can only be earned upon successful completion of the 38 week course at the Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Prior to attending NAVSCOLEOD, service members attend Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, FL for a 9 week EOD Diver Course. After NAVSCOLEOD, service members attend a 3-4 week course to earn "jump wings" at the Army's Ft. Benning, GA. Army service members will attend a course at Fort Lee, VA for 9-11 weeks before attending NAVSCOLEOD.

The Wreath Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained minimizing accident potentials through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD personnel who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.

The Bomb Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional and chemical/biological interest.

Lightning Bolts Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.

The Shield Represents the EOD mission - to protect personnel and property.
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It takes a certain type of mind-set to calmly figure out how to disarm a bomb that threatens to explode at any moment... I have my issues with the United States, but I have a great deal of respect for EOD technicians.

(Would be doing EOD in the Navy myself, if I met the medical requirements to enlist... Damn piece of crap human body! God needs to learn engineering :P)
swiftmoonphoto Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I hear that.  After 12 years in EOD I'm 30 years old but feel like I'm 50.  
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh! I hear you there... Sometimes I feel the same way working on the disaster response team. Last year during Hurricane Sandy, Logistics and Operations was accepting donations of deer meat from hunters, and the Department of Health inspectors came and poured bleach on it in front of the starving families just because it's deer meat... I'm only 22 and days like that, I feel like I've seen it all.
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, met EOD from everyone except the Marines. You guys rock
swiftmoonphoto Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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swiftmoonphoto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
SMB-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice information on the badge! I love this picture, something keeps drawing me to it. :)

Thank you for everything that you have done for our country! :hug:
SKULLFKR Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Awesome badge I'm actually thinking about joining the military to be on a EOD team and to hopefully earn this badge and wear it proud I'm willing to what ever it takes
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