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Posted 28 Feb
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Dog Handler (Reserve) Royal Army Veterinary Corps

United Kingdom Full Time

British Army Dog Handlers and their canine companions deploy in support of military operations all over the world. They can be found protecting bases from intruders, searching for hidden weapons, and on patrol with the wider army. It’s a vital capability that protects servicemen and civilians from harm. The 1st Military Working Dog Regiment (1MWD) is recruiting reserve dog handlers to help deliver it.

You won’t need any formal qualifications – just a willingness to learn and a high level of commitment. When you join the Army Reserve you’ll start by learning essential soldiering skills, like weapons handling and outdoor survival. Then you’ll move on to your specialist training, learning about everything from veterinary care to patrolling skills over a two-week residential course and like all soldiers in the Army Reserve, you’ll be paid for the time you spend in training. Working dogs are important military assets, but they’re also intelligent and sociable creatures, and when you’re on duty it will be up to you to make sure they perform to their full potential.

When you join the regiment you’ll handle a protection dog during training weekends and annual training camps, and you may have the chance to deploy overseas and the UK. You can then go on to specialise in detecting explosives. Because 1MWD is a mixed regular and reserve unit, you’ll work closely with both full-time and part-time colleagues, as well as the canines in your care. Whatever you do, your reserve training and service will be flexible enough to fit around your other commitments, and will give you skills and experiences that will be hugely valuable in civilian life.

Our next deadline for applications is the 31st of March 2017, with further opportunities ongoing throughout the year.

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