Master EOD Badge
MASTER EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (USA/USAF)
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is a military badge of the United States Armed Forces which recognizes those service members who are specially trained to deal with the construction, deployment, disarmament, and disposal of high explosives 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.
First created in the 1950s, the EOD Badge is issued in three levels and is identical for all branches of service. Although each service has its own requirements the basic EOD badge is issued upon completion of explosive handling training and between 18-24 months of on-the-job field training. The Senior EOD Badge is issued after 3-5 years as an explosive ordnance specialist and the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is issued after 7-15 years of service in a senior supervisory position.
Description: A silver badge, 1-3/4 inches in height, consisting of shield charged with a conventional, drop bomb, point down, from which radiates four lightning flashes, all in front of and contained within a wreath of laurel leaves. The Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is the same as the basic badge except the drop bomb bears a 7/32 inch silver star. The Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge is the same as the Senior except a star, surrounded by a laurel wreath, is added above the shield.
Symbolism: The shield charged with a drop bomb is from the shoulder sleeve insignia approved for the Bomb Disposal School in 1942. The device was subsequently adopted for wear on a brassard to identify bomb disposal personnel. The bomb, with point down, indicates a live bomb and with the shield reflects the functions of ordnance personnel to safely dispose of live ordnance.
Award Eligibility: The specific criteria for award of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badges is included in AR 600-8-22, all badges require assignment to specific TOE/TDA EOD positions and recommended by the commander in addition to the following:
a. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Badge: Must have MOS 55D (enlisted) or 91E (officer), complete prescribed instruction and perform satisfactorily for 18 months for the award to become permanent.
b. Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge: Must have been awarded the basic EOD Badge and served 36 months in an EOD position following award of the basic badge.
c. Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge: Must have been awarded the Senior EOD Badge and served 60 months in a TOE/TDA officer of NCO EOD position, since award of the senior badge.
Date Approved: The Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, approved the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Supervisor Badges on 31 July 1957. In June 1969, the Master EOD Badge was authorized. At the same time, the designation of the supervisor’s badge was changed to Senior EOD Badge and the EOD Specialist Badge was changed to EOD Badge.
Subdued Badge: The subdued badge is authorized in metal and cloth. The metal badges have a black finish. The cloth badges are on an olive green base cloth with the wreath, bomb, lightning flashes and outline of shield embroidered in black. The star on the bomb for the senior and master badges is embroidered olive drab. The wreath and star above the badge for the master is also embroidered black.
Miniature Badges: A dress miniature badge, 7/8 inch wide, is authorized.