Replacement of Military Working Dogs.
a. Using units should schedule military working dogs for replacement
during the fiscal year in which they will reach 8 years of age. Dogs may be
continued on duty when they are in good health and are performing well. This
must be determined by the local unit CO and the attending veterinarian.
b. Sometimes the death of a dog creates an urgent need for replacement.
Often, this need cannot be satisfied by normal programming. At these times,
a replacement may be obtained from Air Training Command (ATC), Lackland AFB,
A special short course is available to provide previously trained
working dog handlers with dogs.
Major commands must request this service
directly from ATC Headquarters. DA approval is not required.
c. MP working dogs may be judged retrainable and physically fit by the
major command and the supporting veterinarian.
If so, these dogs may be
transferred from PCS to Lackland for retraining.
Commands with retrainable
dogs must report them to their major command; they will then determine
whether an internal need exists within CONUS or the major command.
major command must approve all dog transfers for retraining at Lackland.
Before the transfer, the post concerned must furnish Lackland AFB the
following information; they must then await permission and shipping
(1) Age of dog and length of service.