Dogs Have Been Involved in US Military Operations Since 1942

Photo by Sgt. Jason Brace

“There’s no other job that’s going to allow you to play with dogs all day,” said Staff Sgt. Lance Brennan, a military working dog handler at Vance Air Force Base. However, calling it “play” may be a bit of a misnomer, as handlers train with their dogs in both patrol work and detection.

Military working dogs, who have been part of the armed forces since 1942, learn how to search a house, or sniff out explosives or drugs — which means that both the animals and their human counterparts can end up in harm’s way.

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