Veterans Day - Military Dogs11.11.2021
U.S. Military working dogs are found in all branches of the service including the Marines, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy. Dog are trained for vital jobs such as tracking, explosive detection, patrol, search and rescue and attack. Due to their unique abilities, trained military dogs are essential and precious resources. Many times, these dogs can access areas where humans cannot. Their agility, superior sense of smell and ability to detect movement are invaluable qualities to their handlers and our nation’s security.
Canine’s Military History:
War dogs have been used throughout the generations starting from as early as 600 BC. They have invaluably served the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Sarmatians, Baganda, Alans, Slavs, Britons and Romans. During these early days, dogs were trained to break up enemy formations, charging into the ranks and tearing down as many of the enemy as possible. They effectively caused chaos and mayhem amongst enemy ranks.
As fighting tactics changed and progressed, so did the roles of these loyal companions. Warrior dogs wore armor to protect them in combat. And breeders created new generals of canines better suited for fighting. They were also given new roles such as messengers, sentries and scouts.
Many military dogs have distinguished themselves through bravery, tenacity and loyalty to their handlers. War dogs have well-earned the hatred of enemies during WWII, Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict and as recent as the Afghanistan Conflict for their unique capabilities.
We salute our Vets and their courageous canine comrades.