My son is in DEP, signed up to be an EOD Tech, and is heading to RTC in January.
In various forum articles, I have read lots of helpful ideas about preparation (for basic, dive school, EOD prep, jump school, etc). If Navy Dads have any more ideas or advice, I'd love to hear more.
There's one particular topic I haven't seen on any forum: Does anybody have an advice on how to handle washing out from the program? I think I have heard that the washout rate for EOD Techs is about 50%. While my son is focused on preparing to succeed, I wonder if people have advice on how he can handle himself if he has to be assigned some other rating.
Before he made the cut for EOD Tech, he had a contract for Nuke (great, I thought). His ASVAB scores were very good. But that contract is no more now that he's on the EOD track. How does the process work, and are there ways to influence the outcome?
From what I understand, if he washes out he will revert back to his original rating. I am not exactly sure about this since his first rating is nuke, there are all kinds of special rules about nukes. I am working on obtaining a dive contract and am told that if I wash out of dive school I will revert back to my current rating, which is AM.
My son is just starting on his journry toward being a EOD Tech. He is starting dive prep and he is excited and ready to go. I feel better sence he completed basic. I can talk on the phone and Scype with him now he dosent seem so far away. He has already made some great new friends and has hooked up with friends he trained with before basic. I could tell he is really happy and so I am happy as well. Go Navy