Military dog handler

Jonathan Wainionpa

Enlisted - Active Duty - Entry Level


Salary: $44,344

Job Duties

• 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

•VIP support

• Customs support


Education: High school diploma or GED

Candidates must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Which shows your strengths and helps identify your job.


Job training requires 18 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) on how to care for, handle and train a military working dog. Handlers will also learn the basic use of firearms, Military/Civil laws and jurisdiction and, arrest and restraint of suspects.

Helpful Skills

• Ability to understand conditioning behaviors in training dogs

• Ability to make quick decisions

• Patience

• Ability to interact with people