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 I am interested in becoming a working dog handler in the military, the only problem is that I cannot decide which branch to pursue it in.  I am most interested in the Navy because of my family history (multiple generations of Merchant Marines and USN sailors) and am interested in the experiences of others with the aforementioned MOS, as well as those with EOD and MAA duties.


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It worked for me.


First I would do some research and see who has an active K9 program.


Back in my day - well we didn't have chariots, but back then in 1974 the USAF had a very active program.


Although I was guaranteed into Law Enforcement (811X2) as a military brat I knew about the Security part (811X1) - I didn't want to be humping around perimeters and guarding airplanes but wanted to do some LE work - I still had to be selected for K9.


Back then the Navy had a very small K9 program. Check it out before you make the decision. 


K9 - it's a great way of life. Great choice! 

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I have been in the Air Force Police for 30 years, due to retire this year.  The USAF Security Forces (Police) are responsible for the training of ALL military working dogs, so regardless of what branch you go into you will end up at Lackland going for K-9 school.  Not only do we train all military handlers, we also train several federal government agencies as well.  So it really does not matter what branch you join the training is all the same.  What you want to do is know your quaility of life issues.  Hands down the Air Force treats their people better than anyother service.  Navy is second and the Army/Marines can fight for third place.  I will not lie, the life of a K-9 handler is tough, there can be a lot of travel.  That will make going to school and having a family life hard.  K-9 handlers can get tagged to support all sorts of missions outside the military, mainly Presidential support.  Understand that in the military YOUR dog will be treated better than you.  If it's too hot for your dog to patrol, it's not too hot for you.  Your dog goes back into the AC and you go back to patrol.  If it's too cold for your dog, it's never too cold for you.  Talk with the recuriters and make sure ANYTHING they say is put in writting.


Good luck, SMSgt Healy

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I gave up my Air Force career early. I only stayed 23 years. 12 of those years were spent in Kennel Support, Instructor and eventually, the Supt. of the DOD Dog School at Lackland. So yeah, I agree, Air Force is a good way to go. Usually you would not have the opportunity to be both an EOD Tech and a dog handler. EOD is a great career field only, in my opinion, not quite as good as being in K9. Of course I may be a bit biased. After my 23 years of military MWD, I've spent the next 22 years as the K9 Trainer for the a State Police outfit. Ya gotta love it. The best advice I saw was; get it in writing. If it ain't in writing, it wasn't agreed to.


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I am currently a Security Forces K9 handler for the US Air Force.  I have to agree with everyone else yes the Air Force has the better way of life.  When and if you talk to a recruiter they can't get you a K9 spot.  You have to do your time just like everyone else.  There are steps you need to complete first, like basic, Tech-school and when you get to your first base you need to complete your CDC's and get your 5 level and have 2 years on station before you can apply and you can still be denied.  I am not trying to stop you from choosing the best job in the Air Force but it does take some time.  I do know that in Navy and Marines you can apply for K9 earlier then the Air Force. 

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I am currently a Security Forces K9 handler for the US Air Force.  I have to agree with everyone else yes the Air Force has the better way of life.  When and if you talk to a recruiter they can't get you a K9 spot.  You have to do your time just like everyone else.  There are steps you need to complete first, like basic, Tech-school and when you get to your first base you need to complete your CDC's and get your 5 level and have 2 years on station before you can apply and you can still be denied.  I am not trying to stop you from choosing the best job in the Air Force but it does take some time.  I do know that in Navy and Marines you can apply for K9 earlier then the Air Force. 



Wow - times have changed.


I was selected for K9 prior to LE school.


I knew as I finished LE that I was off to K9 school at Lackland then off to ABD school at Bullis after that.

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Wow - times have changed.


I was selected for K9 prior to LE school.


I knew as I finished LE that I was off to K9 school at Lackland then off to ABD school at Bullis after that.


 


Times had changed from when you went to dog school and when I went to dog school. There was no such thing as law enforcement K9, All K9 was security. ha ha. I was selected for K9 at my first base (Aviano, Italy). I was 8 months out of Tech (Air Police) School.



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K9_4_life says ...




Wow - times have changed.


I was selected for K9 prior to LE school.


I knew as I finished LE that I was off to K9 school at Lackland then off to ABD school at Bullis after that.


 


Times had changed from when you went to dog school and when I went to dog school. There was no such thing as law enforcement K9, All K9 was security. ha ha. I was selected for K9 at my first base (Aviano, Italy). I was 8 months out of Tech (Air Police) School.




Air Police!


Yikes! I'm an old dog but you just gave your age away!


LOL 

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When we transferred from Air Police to Security Police, they let us keep our Air Police Shields, and issued us Security Police Shields. I still have both my original shields. I have tried for years to get one of the old AP Shields with the blue enamel in the center without luck. I'll still keep my AP shield though.


 


 


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