Interview with an EOS operator

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Today we bring you an interview with a Marine Corps colleague who is a member of an Operational Security Team (EOS), we hope you like it: 

1- How can you enter the EOS? How many there are? How many members are there?

Today it depends on whether there is a vacancy and the criteria followed by the commanders so that one or the other enters. An EOS is made up of 11 people: 1 SGTO, 2 CB1s and the rest Soldiers/Corporals.


2- Do I have to pass a course or training period to belong to an EOS?

Not officially, but it is said that soon a kind of training will be required and the course will be requested to be able to apply for a place in an EOS. Apart from that, as always, it depends on the controls, if they want to do any selection process.


3- How often do you go out of maneuvers and what do you do?

It depends on the Tercio and how many EOS it has, on the independence that the company grants it. Personally, I have come more from VIGMAR (maritime surveillance) than from maneuvers.


4-Do they give a lot of freedom in personal equipment or does it have to be all staff?

Although it depends on the command, generally yes, quite a lot of freedom is usually given. There are materials that cannot be substituted, since if you are injured while using another material than the one provided by the Navy... it can be a problem.


5-What material is used in the EOS?

Vertical work material (for material transfer, rappelling, Fast Rope...) G36KV rifle (short version), FN P9 pistol, Browning and minimi machine guns of both calibers and a shotgun that is used more than anything to bust locks.


6-How often do you go out of mission, what do you do on mission? 
What kind of missions do EOS usually do?

The missions are granted to the EOS of all the thirds and groups, more or less the mission is left every 2 or 4 years.

There are several types of operations, when you go out on a mission you can find everything, although depending on the area of operations and the itinerary to follow you can get an idea.

The tasks are: maritime surveillance, protection of maritime traffic routes, protection of infrastructures, counter-piracy, interception of weapons of mass destruction. Framed in other procedures are the aids at sea and the MIO operations that they usually carry out where there is some type of embargo to X country, a job similar to that of the civil guard is carried out, the traffic of goods/people in a certain area


7- What is a normal day like on an EOS?

Sports first thing in the morning and then... anything from theory to going to a Navy ship to simulate a boarding.


8- What courses can you take while on the EOS?

You can ask for the courses you want, but the most valued, if I'm not mistaken, which are precision marksman, sanitary and naval police.


9- When you are on a mission, on a frigate, what do you usually do?

When there are no orders from the officers, you depend on your Sergeant, in some way you are always instructed, but the normal thing is that some FPL (force protection level) is touched, they are a series of protection measures for the ship when it is in potentially conflictive zone, here what is done is to occupy positions for the protection of the ship, your position can change depending on the FPL.


10- Do you consider that the EOS are an operational unit?

Of course, obviously we are at the mercy of whether or not we go on a mission and what we are ordered to do while on a mission, we have a high degree of training and knowledge to solve any situation for which we are instructed.


11- As EOS you are more in the barracks or outside doing maneuvers and missions

It depends on the year, there is some year that you only do 3 vigmar (about 15 days each) and another year you take 270 days out on board...

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