Military Working Dog Handler

MSgt to Pvt - NMOS (5811)


A Military Working Dog Handler is a military policeman who is additionally trained to properly employ a military working dog on or off leash to conduct searches of open areas, buildings, vehicles, roadways, etc and for (1) detection of explosives or illegal drugs; (2) locating missing friendly force personnel or enemy combatants by tracking; and (3) detecting the presence of lost, wanted, or unauthorized personnel and intruders.


  • Must currently hold MOS 5811.
  • To protect against certain infections from dogs, handlers must have a spleen.
  • Must be a volunteer.


  • Complete the Military Working Dog Basic Handler Course conducted by the 341st Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX.


  • For a complete listing of duties and tasks, refer to NAVMC 3500.10C, Military Police, Investigations, and Corrections Training and Readiness Manual.

Related SOC Classification/SOC Code:

  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 33-3051.

Related Military Skill:

  • None