The United States Marine Corps is one of the most elite military branches in the world, and this includes both its human Marines and its working dogs. In true Semper Fidelis (always faithful) fashion, two Marines pay a retired Marine war dog their last respect.
What Is A Military Dog?
San Antonio Magazine offers a rare inside look at the U.S. Armed Forces’ 2,500 military working dogs. Their training begins at the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Program (MWD,) which involves months of screening and observation, pre-training, and advanced training before the dog can be certified and deployed with a handler.
Just like humans in the military, not all K9 recruits make the cut. In fact, it’s estimated that only about 50 percent reach combat. Military dogs must be athletic, strong-willed, and highly intelligent. Once working, these K9s provide a crucial service to our armed forces in detecting dangers and protecting troops.