MOS 31K Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler

MOS Description

Military Working Dog handlers support the installation and maneuver commanders by providing the following capabilities:  target odor detection (explosives/narcotics), force protection, controlled aggression and tracking.  The PEDD-T and SSD will support combat and route clearance operations by providing the maneuver commander the ability to detect and locate weapons, ammunition, explosives, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).  Further, the PEDD-T and SSD will be used to screen equipment, baggage, and vehicles entering a controlled area.  As part of an Entry Control Point (ECP), the PEDD-T or SSD will search vehicles for explosive hazards.  The PEDD-T and PNDD-T protect Mission Essential Vulnerable Areas (MEVA) and High Value Targets (HVT) by providing perimeter security in an effort to restrict unauthorized entry.  The PEDD-T and PNDD-T provide installation and maneuver commanders a less than lethal course of action that serves as a psychological deterrent.  The PEDD-T and PNDD-T assets provide the maneuver commander the ability to track target individuals for the purpose of reestablishing contact with enemy or friendly missing or captured personnel.  PEDD-T and PNDD-T assets provide a psychological deterrent for interned personnel and provide perimeter security for Internment/Resettlement (I/R) operations.  The PNDD-T provides commanders and installation Provost Marshals with an effective means of detecting illicit narcotics.  The Mine Detection Dog (MDD) will support combat operations by detecting and giving warning of landmines, UXOs, and other casualty-producing devices (surface or buried).

 

Note: Information related to the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) can be found in the Additional Information section.

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Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

Enlisted Service members in CMF 31 and Warrant Officers holding the WO MOS 311A may be eligible to apply for the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) exam. Successful completion of the exam would allow you to earn the POST license required for civilian employment as a peace officer in Missouri. Additional details can be acquired from the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Program (POST) website.

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Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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