I truly want to become a MWD handler ( not sure what kind of dog I want to have though )
First a quick history. 29 years old
So, I am currently in Afghan and my window opens up in Jan to reclass and sign my wife (cough) life away for another 4 to 6 years.
1)My rank will be Specialist when I go to re-up.
2)I am a 68T (animal care specialist, AKA vet Tech). All you handlers know and love us because we are the ones that explain in English to you what the Vet is "trying" to tell you about your dog and how to make him/her better.
3)I Do not have a SecretSC and have applied for one 3 times (I owe around 10k to Uncle Sam but will have it paid off upon return from deployment). I also have a few small record ( couple fo bad checks and a possession (Marj. Less then 1 gram). No felonies. No record after enlistment and all previous were aleast 3 or 4 years prior. These are some of the main things that scare me about getting approval on my MOS change to 31B. any suggestions on this would be much appreciated.
4)I do have a current US DL
5)My ASVAB scores are GT-125, ADMIN-127, CMBT-131, ELEC-130, FA-131, MECH-131, FOOD-131, COMMO-129, MAINT-131, and TECH-130. Hope this is high enough. Kinda took it 10years after my last time in school prior to enlisting.
6)I score around 265 to 290 on all of my PT tests
7) sharpshooter, 31 to 34 consitantly on the range.
Now to the personal opinion part of the "Wall of Text".
I raised and bread Working Dogs (Rough Haired tricolor Collies) for cattle and loved it as a child growing up. I currently have a Border Collie and St. Bernard and they are pretty much push button dogs. I like to think that I have a natural ability to connect with dogs and understand what is going through their heads (I want to play, I am sleepy, hungry, pay me, losing motivation/bored Etc.) I love the time I get to spend with the Handlers and Dogs. It makes my Job one of the best in the Army by far. the problem is that I don't get to do what I really love. That being, working with the dogs. I only get to fix them and play with them or wear a bite suit and do some training if I am lucky (bite work,scouting,escort,Etc). On the really fun days, I get to go do a kennel inspection! YEA!!!! /cry. So I am going to put in for a reclass to 31B and pray that when I get to my unit I will get picked up for LAFB MWD Handler school. I am getting a recommendation from the Kennel Master (Air Force Tech Sgt) here ,along with the Certification for not being a panzy in the bite suit (can't remember what it is called) and am thinking of asking for a second from the One back at Campbell. I am hoping that this along with my Tango background will be enough to propel me to the top of the list when I get to my unit after AIT.
I did some research on becoming a Handler in the regs, trying to find anyway to get the school in my contract before going to AIT and it just isn't possible (cry). I am keeping my retention NCO up to date on everything I am researching and hoping everything will work out to my advantage, but I know the army can hose people pretty bad when they become single minded and finally know what they want.
To The Question/Questions!!!! Finally!!!
1) How hard is it going to be to get past the Security issue? (if I can't get past that then my hope are pretty much dashed before I even start (on knees praying to God) And what can I do to help this matter out?
2)I read that most 31Bs go strait to a TOE Unit. Would this screw my chances at the school before deployment? Not to mention this would piss my Wife off something terrible (Seeing as though it will be 2 years deployed and only 3 years married and we have a infant daughter.)
3)What can I do to prepare for 31B training to be at the top of my class?
4)What can I do to train for Handler School? The idea that I could go down there and fail to Certify with my dog scares the crap out of me.
I am sorry this is so long and if you made it to the end I commend you!
Any advise and or help I would greatly appreciate! Jordan.Reyelts@US.army.mil