Job Description: 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. Job duties include: 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.

  • Branch Branch: Army
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: 31K
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $38,539
  • Entry Type Entry Type: Enlisted
  • Required Test ASVAB: ST: 91
  • Degree Degree: High School or GED
  • Age Age: 17-34
  • Citizen Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
  • Category Category: Legal & Law Enforcement
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613 Number Employed
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6.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Amazing job interacting with a slew of people.

Cons: Increased danger specific MOS.


A great job I wouldn’t change a single thing from chasing insurgents in Germany in the early 80s to domestic terrorists in the late 80s I would change a single thing. The army let me experience so much during my time in service from rescuing generals to being issued a Lamborghini as a chase vehicle in Italy I had more experiences in the army then I have had the rest of my life. As I reach closer and closer to retiring in the civilian world I don’t go a single day where I wish I was still able to go back to my military days the best 11 years of my life. From the great friends you make to the life experiences no one else will ever receive. Not only did I enjoy my time in the army but specifically my MOS as an MP with a Skill Identifier of K9 was an amazing job working with the great dogs I had and being able to work with people that were different then the rest of the army. Not only that but my job required me to learn a lot of information most people don’t know from learning the working of fort Knox to more I wouldn’t regret a single moment of my job in the army. By far the best job in the army and anyone thinking of enlisting should I believe the MOS is 31K now. Not only is the job fun but its a very straight forward job and your friends and work buddies are typical cut the crap no bull shit kind of guys which is what we need in the army. Cut the red tape and bureaucracy and get to work protecting this nation and its freedoms which I believe this is by far the best MOS in the army.