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By J.G. Noll

From cameos on Good Morning America to the mountains of Afghanistan, puppies have a way of making even the most calloused among us a little softer. Check out these photos of adorable canines and their camo-clad partners and you’ll agree that dogs are definitely a service member’s best friend.

1. Because everyone needs a homecoming lick.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Air Force photo, Senior Airman Rose Gudex)

2. Fleet Week is that much better with these fluff balls.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Navy photo, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Murray)

3. A buddy to sightsee with makes Times Square more exciting.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Murray)

4. Saying goodbye is hard for all of the members of the family… even the furry ones.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: Arizona Army National Guard, Staff Sgt. Brian A. Barbour)

5. This puppy works hard as a Red Cross volunteer.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: DVIDS, Spc. Angela Lorden)

6. This pooch congratulates a paratrooper on a successful practice jump.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Army Photo, Staff Sgt. Justin P. Morelli)

7. This pair shares a special homecoming kiss.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Casey J. Hopkins)

8. This puppy was adopted from a shelter by the crew of Coast Guard Station Gloucester.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham)

9. Puppies are eager goodwill ambassadors.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Army photo, Sgt. Brandon Anderson, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

10. This veterinary tech shares a quiet moment with one of her tiniest patients.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

11. Smile for the camera!

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

12. This little guy mugs for the camera with his new-found friend.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

13. The uniform looks good on… er, under you, kid!

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

14. This Panamanian pup gets a little one-on-one time during a civil-military operation.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider)

15. Homecoming just doesn’t feel right without the whole family there.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: DVIDS)

16. Brought to the US from Afghanistan, this canine knows how to put on the dog.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo:Darcy Marlett, Atterbury-Muscatatuck Public Affairs)

17. High five!

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Elizabeth A. Case)

18. This little gal gets a clean drink of water from a friendly hand.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: DVIDS)

19. What’s better than one pup? Two!

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: DVIDS)

20. A Marine takes a break with an Iraqi companion.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: DVIDS)

21. Dawww.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: DVIDS)

22. This soldier has found himself on paw patrol.

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: DVIDS)

23. Who’s awesome? 

These photos of troops and ridiculously cute puppies will give you life
(Photo: DVIDS)

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