Army hoping to recruit more “bomb techs” by allowing them to wear their patch

Explosive Ordnance Disposal soldiers are now permitted to wear their EOD patch full-time, thanks to the Army’s G-1.

Lieutenant General Thomas Seamands is a new hero to EOD Soldiers after making the decision, which he claims could help recruit Soldiers and Civilians into the EOD field.

Officially known as a brassard (a holdover term from the days of pre-velcro identifiers worn on the sleeve and shoulder), the EOD patch is now cleared for everyday wear.

“Previously, the brassard was authorized for wear only while actively engaged in the duty associated with the brassard and identification of personnel was required, such as field operations and event response,” said William Sharp, an Army spokesman.

According to the Military Times, the Army hopes the constant presence of the brassard will aid in drawing in new prospects.

“EOD relies substantially on in-service recruitment to ensure the Army maintains a sustainable capability to mitigate explosive ordnance threats,” said Greg Mueller, an Army Training and Doctrine Command spokesman. “The brassard serves to aid Army EOD in-service recruitment since it generates questions about its significance and provides an opening for the recruiter to discuss qualifications and EOD career options.”

The brassard will also serve to show force protection assets who is capable of providing expertise on certain matters, such as bombs and other devices.

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