US ARMY K9 HANDLER *No prior training required


Full-time$40,000 - $80,000 a year

This is a career in the United States Army that requires an enlistment contract. Highly qualified candidates can earn a cash bonus of $40k.


* You must be a U.S. citizen
* You must be 17-34 years old
* You must be in good physical condition
* You must have a clean legal record
* You must have a high school diploma or GED

Contact your local Army Career Representative to schedule an interview call/text 925-852-7581


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:

  • 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


Job training for Military Working Dog handlers requires 17 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) on how to care for, handle and train a Military Working Dog (MWD). The training is in two phases. The first seven-week phase covers on-the-job instruction and teaches police methods and techniques for dog handling. The second phase of instruction is an 11-week course that provides basic instructions on the application of Military Working Dog utilization and employment capabilities. Phase II instructs in basic obedience, controlled aggression, first aid, principles of conditioning, building searches, scouting, detection, and daily care and grooming of assigned MWD.

Handlers will also learn other basic skills, including:

  • Basic use of firearms.
  • Military/civil laws and jurisdiction.
  • Arrest and restraint of suspects.
  • Other specialized dog handling techniques.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits:

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers:

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with federal, state and local law enforcement. Many of the jobs skills you learn will also help you to perform civilian jobs that involve working with animals, and general management positions.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at Companies that look specifically for veterans are listed below:

  • New York City Police Dept.
  • LAPD
  • Louisville Metro PD
  • Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT)
  • Private Security Agencies

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Salary: $40,000.00 to $80,000.00 /year


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • East Bay, CA (Required)


  • Driver's License (Required)


  • English (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)