EO is made up of men and women who share a common vision - to ensure that EO remains the most effective company of its kind in the world.
The men of EO are primarily ex-South African Defence Force (SADF), as well as ex-South African National Defence Force (after 1994), ex-South African Police (SAP) and ex-African National Congress (ANC) members. The criteria for prospective employees are that they must :
Due to the mass "down-sizing" of the Armed Forces of South Africa, EO is able to draw on a large, professional workforce and can call on over 2 000 men at very short notice. Race or religion plays no role in the appointment of a prospective employee - the only consideration being "Can he or she do the job ?"