The Special Operations community provides ready capability in four functional areas: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Diving and Salvage, Expendable Ordnance Management (EOM), and Mine Countermeasures.
As a Special Operations Officer, you may supervise numerous underwater operations. Examples include maintenance, salvage, recovery, or repair of ships or submarines. Other tasks may include search and recovery of downed aircraft, assisting other military units or law enforcement agencies in diving operations, and participate in research and development of new diving techniques and procedures.
Officers in charge of Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams supervise locating and identifying foreign and domestic ordnance, rendering them safe, and ultimately disposing them by exploding. Types of explosives range from conventional, chemical, biological, nuclear, underwater, and terrorists type devices. Getting to these devices may require SCUBA diving, parachuting, and tactical delivery and extraction by unconventional methods.