Ok I just stumble on this today in DA PAM 611-21. I remember there was a long talk about having military working dogs as its own mos, but it looks like it came true. Unless someone posted the MOS specifications a lil prematurely. I am just wondering if a message is going to come out notifying current K-9 handlers about the new MOS. Here is the link so everyone can check for themselves.
10-31K. MOS 31K—Working Dog Handler, CMF 31 a. Major duties. Military Working Dog handlers support the installation and maneuver commanders by providing the following capabilities: target odor detection (explosives/narcotics), force protection, controlled aggression and tracking. The PEDD-T and SSD will support combat and route clearance operations by providing the maneuver commander the ability to detect and locate weapons, ammunition, explosives, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Further, the PEDD-T and SSD will be used to screen equipment, baggage, and vehicles entering a controlled area. As part of an Entry Control Point (ECP), the PEDD-T or SSD will search vehicles for explosive hazards. The PEDD-T and PNDD-T protect Mission Essential Vulnerable Areas (MEVA) and High Value Targets (HVT) by providing perimeter security in an effort to restrict unauthorized entry. The PEDD-T and PNDD-T provide installation and maneuver commanders a less than lethal course of action that serves as a psychological deterrent. The PEDD-T and PNDD-T assets provide the maneuver commander the ability to track target individuals for the purpose of reestablishing contact with enemy or friendly missing or captured personnel. PEDD-T and PNDD-T assets provide a psychological deterrent for interned personnel and provide perimeter security for Internment/Resettlement (I/R) operations. The PNDD-T provides commanders and installation Provost Marshals with an effective means of detecting illicit narcotics. The Mine Detection Dog (MDD) will support combat operations by detecting and giving warning of landmines, UXOs, and other casualty-producing devices (surface or buried). Duties for MOS 31K at each level of skill are: (1) MOSC 31K1O. Performs as a team member in support of various force protection tasks. Responsible for the daily care and grooming of their assigned Military Working Dog (MWD). Ensures that their assigned MWD maintains required proficiency skills and certification for their detection capability. (2) MOSC 31K2O. Leads a MP MWD Handler team in support of various force protection tasks. Supervises the daily care and grooming of the team’s assigned MWDs. Ensures MWD team maintains proficiency and is always deployment ready. (3) MOSC 31K3O. Leads MP MWD Handler squad in support of various force protection tasks. Develops training plans to ensure the Squad MWD teams remain proficient in their detection capability. Validates and supervises proficiency training of all teams assigned to the squad. Ensures Squad maintains proficiency and certification. Manages the daily maintenance and upkeep of kennel facilities. (4) MOSC 31K4O. Leads a MP MWD Handler Detachment in support of various force protection tasks. Monitors the health and welfare of the MWDs. Supervises storage and accountability of narcotic and explosive training aids, as well as all other assigned equipment. Monitors all training to ensure MWD detachments are ready for annual certifications and worldwide deployment. Advises the Commander on the employment of MWD Detachment or Squads. (5) MOSC 31K5O/35K6O. Serves as principal NCO companies, operations or intelligence sections battalion and higher level organizations. Provides tactical and technical guidance and professional support to subordinates and makes recommendations to superiors in the accomplishment of their duties. Plans, coordinates, and supervises activities pertaining to organization, training, and combat operations. Edits and prepares tactical plans and training material. Coordinates implementation of operations, training programs, and communications activities. b. Physical demands rating and qualifications for initial award of MOS. Working Dog Handlers must possess the following qualifications: (1) A physical demands rating of moderately heavy. (2) A physical profile of 222221. (3) Red/green color discrimination. (4) Qualifying scores. (a) A minimum score of 95 in aptitude area ST in Armed Services Vocational aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests administered prior to 2 January 2002. (b) A minimum score of 92 in aptitude area ST on ASVAB tests administered on and after 2 January 2002 and prior to 1 July 2004. (c) A minimum score of 91 in aptitude area ST on ASVAB tests administered on and after 1 Jul 2004. (5) A security eligibility of Interim SECRET verifiable in JPAS. (6) Meets all requirements for Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) qualifications. (7) Must possess a valid state motor vehicle operator license. (8) No objection to performing security duties in the vicinity of nuclear or chemical munitions stored or staged for military use. (9) No record of more than 15 days lost under section 972-10-USC. (10) No information in Provost Marshal Office, Intelligence Office, Military Personnel Record Jacket (MPRJ) or medical records which would prevent the granting of a security clearance under AR 380-67. (11) No record of pre-trial intervention or conviction by military or civil court of the following: (a) Any offense involving force or violence. (b) Any offense listed under AR 601-210, para 4-22 (misdemeanor), or similar offense not listed for which the maximum possible sentence exceeds 4 months of confinement. (c) Two or more offenses within 5 years prior to the date of enlistment listed under AR 601-210, para 4-21 (minor non-traffic), or similar offense not listed for which the maximum possible sentence is less than 4 months confinement. (d) Three or more minor traffic offenses as listed under AR 601-210, para 4-20 (minor traffic) during the 12 months period prior to entry on active duty (does not include traffic violations considered misdemeanor or felony by virtue of fine amount per AR 601-210. (e) No behavior or action(s)that is reasonably indicative of a contemptuous attitude toward the law or other duly constituted authority. (12) Minimum age of 18 at time of entrance on active duty. (13) NPS applicants enlisting, into the ARNG or USAR for MOS31K, may enlist at 17 years of age with the Split Training Option (STO) if otherwise qualified. All STO enlistees must have reached their 18th birthday prior to attending Advanced Individual Training (AIT). (14) All prior MOS 31K Soldiers serving in another MOS for more than 36 months, reclassifying into MOS 31K must request Proponent determination (15) No record of possession or use of any narcotic or non-narcotic drug as defined by Article 134, UCMJ and AR 600-50. (Personnel entering active duty may be granted waiver at Military Entrance Processing Station by the AHRC Security Interviewer DoD policy on cannabis use.) (16) No record of conviction by special or general courts-martial or civilian courts of offenses listed in AR 27-10 (Military Justice), chapter 24 or otherwise required to register as a sexual offender under AR 27-10, chapter 24. (17) Formal training (completion of MOS 31K course conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Army Military Police School) mandatory. (18) All applicants for MOS 31K must be interviewed by AHRC Security Interviewer. Waivers will only be granted by DA G-1 (DAPE-MPA-RP). All Active Component service members reclassifying for MOS 31K must be interviewed by local Provost NCO (SFC or above) or Provost Marshal (CPT or above). PMO required to do local record check (NCIC or COPS (Centralized Operations Police Suite)) to ensure no disqualifying offenses as indicated above. All Reserve Component service members reclassifying for MOS 31K must be interviewed by a senior MP NCO (SFC or above) or MP Officer (CPT or above) in the gaining MP unit as well as a local records check. In either case, written endorsement must accompany re-enlistment contract. c. Additional skill identifiers. (Note: Refer to table 12-8 (Listing of universal ASI’s associated with all enlisted MOS)). (1) K9--Mine Detection Dog Handler. (2) Z7--Specialized Search Dog (SSD) Handler. d. Physical requirements and standards of grade. Physical requirements and SG relating to each skill level are listed in the following tables: (1) Table 10-31K-1. Physical requirements. (2) Table 10-31K-2. Standards of grade TOE/MTOE. (3) Table 10-31K-3. Standards of grade TDA.
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An article I found with a lil information regarding a time line on when you can expect the change to happen. A great day fo r K9 co mmun ity The much anticipated 31K Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) was approved on August 30th, 2011. Selected duties, functions, positions and personnel associated with 31K will transfer from existing 31B Z6 Military Police and 12B K9 Engineer positions. Activation of 31K will be in April of 2013 to allow the reclassification from the current K9 MOSs. In the interim, Soldiers who wish to voluntarily transition to 31K will be identified with Additional Skill Identifiers (ASI) Y2 and Y3. These ASIs will assist in identifying training requirements for the Military Working Dog (MWD) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) course at Fort Leonard Wood. The MOS will be effective on October 1st, 2013 for assessing new recruits. New recruits will be trained at the MWD Handler’s Course at Lackland Air Force Base to handle Patrol Explosive Detector Dogs (PEDD) and Patrol Narcotic Detector Dogs (PNDD). Upon successful completion of the handler’s course, Soldiers will attend AIT at Fort Leonard Wood. As they progress through their career and gain experience they will be selected to attend additional training to handle the Specialized Search Dog (SSD) or Mine Detection Dog (MDD). Those Soldiers handling either SSD or MDD will be managed by ASIs Z7 and K9. The Critical Task Selection Board was held on Fort Leonard Wood in September 2011 which identified and developed the implementations of future 31K Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course and the MWD AIT course. Courses will further professionalize the MOS by concentrating on both MP and MWD related tasks. Future MWD structure will provide a more modular force that can better support the needs of the Warfighter. MWD organizations will consist of an MWD Detachment Headquarters, MWD Squad(s), MDD Squad(s), and PNDD Squad(s). The Detachment will consist of a Detachment Sergeant, Plans NCO and an Animal Care Specialist that will provide command and control as well as technical oversight of MWD assets. They will oversee daily training and utilization, and provide immediate medical care to a MWD. The MWD Squad, which will consist of four SSD Teams and two PEDD Teams, will provide commanders with a mix of capabilities for explosive detection on and off-leash. The MDD Squad, which will consist of six MDD Teams, will provide commanders with an explosive detection capability below surface on-leash. The PNDD Squad, consisting of three PNDD Teams, will provide commanders with a narcotic detection capability. Proposed structure will allow MWD teams to deploy as squads rather than on individual augmentee orders. The implementation of the new MWD MOS will ensure the availability of MWD assets to commanders and further enhance the Military Police Corps warfighting functions.
Posts: 48 | Location: Ft. Meade, MD | Registered: 21 December 2007