Naval Special Warfare
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare
Navy Seals patrolling a river in a boat

Special Operations and Special Warfare

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Warfare

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare is the Department of Defense’s Maritime EOD Component and the World’s Premier EOD Force. It is the only EOD component trained to operate across the full range of military operations to include surface supplied and closed circuit diving, static line and military freefall parachute operations, and specialized insertion and extraction techniques. EOD Warfare Officers are trained in: Underwater Mine Countermeasures (UMCM), Diving and Salvage Operations, Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (CIED), Counter Proliferation (CP)/Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD), Support to Special Forces (SOF) – Navy and Army, Conventional EOD Operations, Weapons Technical Intelligence (WTI), and Foreign Internal Defense (FID)/Theater Security Cooperation partnerships and training. Navy EOD Warfare offers both men and women an exciting career and command opportunities in this small specialized community.

Naval Special Warfare

Special Warfare provides qualified officers the opportunity to be a member of one of the world's elite fighting forces. As a branch of the U.S. Special Operations Forces, Navy SEALs are known and respected around the world. Established April 16, 1987, Naval Special Warfare Command is the Navy’s special operations force and the maritime component of United States Special Operations Command. The NSW community is organized around eight SEAL teams, one SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) team, three special boat teams and supporting commands which deploy forces worldwide. The community is comprised of approximately 9,200 total personnel including more than 2,700 active-duty Special Warfare Operators, 700 Special Warfare Boat Operators (SWCC), 700 reserve personnel, 4,000 support personnel and more than 1,100 civilians.

NSW is postured to fight a globally-dispersed enemy, whether ashore or afloat, before they can act. NSW forces can operate in small groups and have a continuous presence overseas with their ability to quickly deploy from Navy ships, submarines and aircraft, overseas bases and forward-based units. The proven ability of NSW forces to operate across the spectrum of conflict and in operations other than war, and provide real-time, first-hand intelligence offer decision makers immediate and multiple options in the face of rapidly changing crises around the world.

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