America’s Military Working Dogs

Hello my fellow Patriot. Cade here.

It’s no secret that working dogs are treasured for helping us humans stay safe and protected, and often provide valued assistance with mobility and mental health and anxiety issues. 

But what’s often overlooked are the contributions dogs make on the battlefield, working side by side with our brave men and women on important missions like these:

“On Oct. 27, 2019, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois military working dog named Conan took part in the Barisha raid, which resulted in the death of the leader of ISIS Baghdadi.”

“Another Belgian Malinois named Cairo was on SEAL Team Six mission that stormed Osama bin Laden's secret compound on May 2, 2011.” 

Dogs are not only man’s best friend, but they have been life savers for our men and women in the military from WW1 to present day. 

They’re trained to perform heroic duties such as detecting landmines and IEDs with just a few sniffs (dogs’ sense of smell is roughly 50 times better than ours), patrolling, search and rescue, and fearlessly charging into the heat of battle to incapacitate enemy combatants and subdue foes. 

Dog Plane
And yes, these amazing animals are even jumping out of planes.

Today, a centralized training facility for all military working dogs exists at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas with the 341st Training Battalion, where these dogs begin intense obedience and military training as well as socialization and team building with their handlers.  

85% of the dogs in training come from Germany or the Netherlands with 15% bred domestically. Only about 50% of dogs that enter the program go on to service with approximately 2,700 dogs currently in active duty.

A fully trained bomb detection canine is likely worth over $150,000!

Military working dogs (MWD’s) are found in each branch of the armed forces, including the Marines, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Navy. Many times, these dogs can access areas humans cannot. 

Their agility, superior sense of smell, and ability to detect movement are invaluable qualities to their handlers and our nation’s security, and some of these brave animals have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts.

German Shepherd

This German Shepherd mix, one of the most famous combat canines of World War II, once conducted a daring raid on a sniper nest in Sicily, breaking away from his handler and capturing four enemy soldiers.

Once a dog’s active service has ended, all dogs in combat zones are returned to the United States. Because of their unique skill sets and potential for excitability, trained military dogs are not allowed to “work” once retired from duty. 

Dogs typically retire around 10-12 years of age, though some are honorably discharged for reasons such as physical injury or mental distress caused by the death of their human partner or development of noise aversions.

If only humans were more like dogs, this world would be an amazing place.

If you have a dog in your home, be sure to give him (or her) a pat on the head from me. And while he may not be a veteran, know that there are plenty of his “cousins” working on behalf of all of us, every single day. 

To your survival,

Cade Courtley

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Comments

S - September 21, 2021

What about the dogs left behind in Afghanistan? Since the MWD left behind or destroyed in Vietnam , we have brought them home…until now.

PK - September 21, 2021

I am a veteran with some scars. They say we are disabled I say we are just taking it easy now. I have deployed many times. In those times I have seen the MWD in action this is very impressive. When the MWDs retire where do they go? It would be an honor to be a home for one of them.

Kathy Latham - September 21, 2021

I am so glad to learn about these AWESOME DOGS!!! I read that there are some Precious Dog Soldiers still in war territory!! Please let’s get them HOME AND SAFE!! I can’t stand it, Knowing Americans are left behind ++ our Military Dogs!!!!!! I will plan on ordering the Dog Greens for my Precious Girl later, her powder from Dr Marty is not run out..

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