Army

31K:Military Working Dog Handler (31K)

They handle, care, train, and work with service dogs, which perform a wide variety of duties for the military: the main ones being detecting drugs and explosives, as well as a few other different kinds of searches and inspections.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

Military Working Dogs are key components in the military and police forces because of their ability to detect threats that humans cannot. An Army MWD Handler is required to have basic law enforcement knowledge in addition to knowledge about their Military Working Dog. MWD Handlers can work with a Patrol Drug Detector (PDDD) dog or a Patrol Explosive Detector Dog (PEDD). Their ultimate responsibility is the training, use, and welfare of their dog.

Military Duties Translated:

Working in the Army as a Military Working Dog Handler provides you with skills that relate to federal, state, and local law enforcement. This can be related to working with or without a dog in law enforcement and security, as the skills learned are applicable to both positions. Experience gained with animal care can also allow for civilian career opportunities in veterinary facilities and dog training facilities.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Vet Assistant