The 1st Military Working Dog Regiment's mission is to deliver Military Working Dog and Veterinary capability in support of Field Army outputs.
Delivering a wide range of Military Working Dog capabilities, the Regiment plays a pivotal role in supporting a number of key activities including; counter insurgency operations, the detection of Improvised Explosive Devices, assistance in the searching of routes, buildings and vehicles, enhancing security and patrolling key installations. The military effects the Regiment provides in support of operations range from that of deterrence and detection, right through to the use of sub-lethal force.
The 1st Military Working Dog Regiment consists of four Regular Military Working Dog Squadrons, and one Reserve Squadron, comprising 299 Regular soldiers and officers with the ability to surge to a maximum capacity of 384 Military Working Dogs. The Reserve component also provides an exciting opportunity to generate, train and fully integrate an additional 112 Army Reservists into the Regiment. Regular and Reserve roles include Dog Handlers, Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Officers.
The Regiment continues to support operations both at home and abroad following the Regiment's rebasing from Germany in 2017 to St. George's Barracks, North Luffenham. The Unit continue to support a permanent detachment in Cyprus too.