Definition/Scope: (FM 3-19.17) The kennel master (KM) is the senior NCO in charge of the installation’s military working dog (MWD) program, consisting of 6 to 30 handlers and respective MWDs. KM duties are the equivalent of a platoon sergeant’s duties when 9 or more handlers and MWDs are assigned. When 8 or fewer handlers and MWDs are assigned, the duties are equal to those of a squad leader. In addition to traditional leadership responsibilities, some KM duties include: monitoring all training to ensure that MWD teams are ready for annual certifications and worldwide deployments in support of various operational missions; advising the commander on the employment of MWD teams; assisting the MACOM program manager in requisitioning personnel, MWDs, and equipment; advising installation and unit force protection and antiterrorism officers on the use of MWDs; coordinating MWD support for the US Secret Service, the USCS, DOD protective services units, combat support operations, the Army Recruiting Command, and other civilian agencies.
Narrower Terms:Combat tracker dog
Related Terms:Force Protection