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Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions

MOS 5812 -- Working Dog Handler


Doc, an improvised explosive device detection dog (IDD) with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, retrieves a bumper during a training session at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 19, 2013. IDD dog handlers, often volunteers from their home units, are matched with a dog and work together to perform route clearance and other duties in a combat environment.
U.S. Marine Corps / Sgt. Tammy K. Hineline

Type of MOS : NMOS

Rank Range: SSgt to Pvt

Job Description: A military working dog handler is a military policeman who is additionally trained to properly employ a military working dog to conduct vehicle searches, searches of open areas, buildings, vehicles, etc., for the detection of explosives or illegal drugs and who also has the ability to search for lost or wanted persons.

Job Requirements:

(1) Must currently hold MOS 5811.

(2) Possess no fear of dogs.

(3) Must be a volunteer.

(4) Complete the Military Working Dog Basic Handler Course and the Detector Dog Handler Course, Lackland Air Force Base.

Duties: For a complete listing of duties and tasks, refer to MCO 1510.86, Individual Training Standards.

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Above information derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3

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