EOD driving

#1
I'm looking into joining the RLC as a driver and was wondering whether I can go straight into
EOD driving or will I have to do other jobs first?
Thanks.
 
#2
No LCpl and above only as you are not just a driver but a No2.
 
#4
zipit said:
No.2 sounds like sh*t
Wow!
and I thought Beavis and Butthead were cartoons........

EOD No2s/Dvrs - what Dingerr said.
LCpl min rank as more than just driving duties. Also long and often anti-social hours only rarely interspersed with blue light runs in souped up bread vans(pun intended). You will get treated like a grown up however. Some like it and stay, some don't and go back to trucking. Do note that as a driver you cannot stay in EOD and expect to reach high ranks as the bulk of the jobs are JNCO with only a very few sgt/ssgt.

TDB
 
#6
kneedrop_boy said:
................ rarely interspersed with blue light runs in souped up bread vans(pun intended).
TDB
Unless i'm the Operator then it was always a blue light run.
 
#7
As has been stated previously:

- No, you can't go straight in as an EOD Dvr - min rank is LCpl.

- I believe it is one of the better jobs for a LCpl driver there is, even if only for a bit of fun for a 2-3 years. You will do the 'Blue Light Course' (EOD Van Driver's Course) which is good fun, and may get to do the 'Preston Course' which is the advanced course if you are to be the OC's driver. (OCs get a quite nippy staff car with a covert blue light fit). As a No2 you will assist the ATO (No1 Operator) with all aspects of an EOD incident, and will be responsible for running the ICP, operating the equipment, driving the Wheelbarrow and 'pressing the button' for carrying out a controlled explosion as required.

- True, you don't get a section of 8 soldiers and DROPS vehs to command, but you will have enormous fun blue-lighting about the country, blowing stuff up and working with some pretty senior people, particularly on the civil police side.

- There are down sides. Often being on duty (immediate NTM), frequently getting pinged for tours (NI / TELIC / HERRICK), but for a single tour the benefits and fun-factor greatly outweigh this.

Do it! I would encourage all drivers who have heard about it, or who want to do it to go for it.
 
#8
kneedrop_boy said:
zipit said:
No.2 sounds like sh*t
Wow!
and I thought Beavis and Butthead were cartoons........

EOD No2s/Dvrs - what Dingerr said.
LCpl min rank as more than just driving duties. Also long and often anti-social hours only rarely interspersed with blue light runs in souped up bread vans(pun intended). You will get treated like a grown up however. Some like it and stay, some don't and go back to trucking. Do note that as a driver you cannot stay in EOD and expect to reach high ranks as the bulk of the jobs are JNCO with only a very few sgt/ssgt.

TDB
But at the end of the day you are still a Trog, doing a job my Granny does getting to Tesco
If its pretty blue lights you want Join the St Johns Ambulance :twisted:
 
#9
dingerr said:
kneedrop_boy said:
................ rarely interspersed with blue light runs in souped up bread vans(pun intended).
TDB
Unless i'm the Operator then it was always a blue light run.
What, to get to the chippy before it closes?????
 
#10
strima said:
dingerr said:
kneedrop_boy said:
................ rarely interspersed with blue light runs in souped up bread vans(pun intended).
TDB
Unless i'm the Operator then it was always a blue light run.
What, to get to the chippy before it closes?????
That's RE Bomb Disposal.
 
#11
PLATAPUS said:
But at the end of the day you are still a Trog, doing a job my Granny does getting to Tesco
Hang on! Are you saying your Granny is a No2 doing lots of EOD at TESCOs or that she has a vehicle with blue flashing lights and sirens?
 
#12
dingerr said:
strima said:
dingerr said:
kneedrop_boy said:
................ rarely interspersed with blue light runs in souped up bread vans(pun intended).
TDB
Unless i'm the Operator then it was always a blue light run.
What, to get to the chippy before it closes?????
That's RE Bomb Disposal.
Now with red wings.
 

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