Well played Mr Wedge, Once again we can see the difference to how the RE are looking after their guys and PANTO & DRLC are pissing on the ATOs. With making EOD a trade within the Big Badge this means that the Operators will be able to receive EOD pay for the rest of their careers as it is continuing to be PID based. In fact it states that the RE will be receipt of EOD pay whilst they are in receipt of a daily rate of pay (Cite Soldier Mag). With the ATOs they will only receive it whilst they are filling a post on tour or within 11 EOD Regt (and a number of posts at the School). All the new Defence EOD Ops will require experience before sending them out to Afghan to fill a High Threat post that canât be filled due to the shortage of qualified personnel. And realistically there is only one place that they are going to get that experience â 11 EOD Regt RLC. (I know that some of you will be gnashing teeth and jumping on the outrage bus, but this is not a slight as over 90% of EOD undertaken by British Forces is carried out by the RLC). So they are going to end up being farmed out to the Troops to do EOD duties leaving the resident ATOs to do all the other work as the D EOD Op is not qualified or capable. So well done (and I donât mean that sarcastically). The EOD future may not be bright but it is definitely Wedge shaped. Copied in the RLC thread.