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.
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 recommendation by
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 supervisors badge was
changed to Senior EOD Badge and the EOD Specialist Badge was changed to EOD Badge.
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