Military Working Dog Handler (31K)
- Active Duty
- Army Reserve
- Entry Level
Military Working Dog (MWD) handlers are responsible for the care and training of his or her service dog, which contributes to combat operations abroad and installation security at home by providing target odor detection (explosive/drug). Service dogs, generally seen as a non-lethal option for neutralizing a threat, also serve as a psychological deterrent during law enforcement operations.
- Patrol Drug Detector Dog (PDDD) handler
- Patrol Explosive Detector Dog (PEDD) handler
- Health and Welfare searches
- Law and Order operations
- Installation Force Protection and Law and Order support
- VIP support
- Customs support
Candidates must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), which is a series of tests that helps the Army understand your strengths and identify which Army job(s) fit your talents.
Job training for Military Working Dog handlers requires 17 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) on how to care for, handle and train a Military Working Dog (MWD). The training is in two phases. The first seven-week phase covers on-the-job instruction and teaches police methods and techniques for dog handling. The second phase of instruction is an 11-week course that provides basic instructions on the application of Military Working Dog utilization and employment capabilities. Phase II instructs in basic obedience, controlled aggression, first aid, principles of conditioning, building searches, scouting, detection, and daily care and grooming of assigned MWD.
Handlers will also learn other basic skills, including:
- Basic use of firearms
- Military/civil laws and jurisdiction
- Arrest and restraint of suspects
- Other specialized dog handling techniques
- Ability to understand conditioning behaviors in training dogs
- Ability to make quick decisions
- Ability to interact with people
Required ASVAB Score(s)Skilled Technical (ST) : 91
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Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.
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Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal, state and local law enforcement. Many of the jobs skills you learn will also help you to perform civilian jobs that involve working with animals, and general management positions.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.
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