Story Number: NNS140213-07Release Date: 2/13/2014 11:14:00 AM
By Darryl Orrell, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) announced the release of its 10th and newest apprenticeship trade that is specific to military working dog handlers Feb. 13.
Military working dogs and their handlers are a highly trained, highly skilled formidable duo. These teams are deployed throughout the world to perform duties of law enforcement and support a wide range of security operations.
The United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) works closely with the Department of Labor to provide nationally recognized apprenticeships that result in journeyman-level Certifications of Completion for service members.
Enrollment for the Working Dog Handler apprenticeship is open to both Sailors and Marines. Enrollees must be assigned to a formal unit/activity where they perform appropriate duties with a military working dog.
Sailors must serve in the Master-at-Arms (MA) rate and have completed MA "A" School. They must also hold the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) for working dog handler (NEC 2005) or kennel master (NEC 2006). Marines must be in the military occupational specialty for working dog handlers (MOS 5812).
The apprenticeship requires a total of 2500-hours of documented experience. The needed skills range from the administration and training of working dogs to maintaining kennels, dog care and of course, safety.
MAs can also select from nine other available apprenticeships that are listed below.