They have been called the most unheralded members of the fighting forces. With an estimated force of 2,300 working dogs, military working dogs truly have an immeasurable effect on U.S. military missions. For instance, their acute sense of smell 5 to 10 times stronger than a human’s, allowing military working dogs to detect minute traces of explosives or drugs and alert their handlers of their presence. At the same time, dogs have the ability to inflict fear in an aggressor in a way that a human — even if armed — often can’t, which would make them an invaluable asset in many military scenarios.
Deployed worldwide to support the War on Terror, military working dogs and their handlers from every military service help to safeguard military bases and activities. They detect bombs and other explosives before they can inflict harm. This video shows how U.S. Forces Afghanistan military working dogs train to keep their skills sharp to find improvised explosive devices and to go on patrols all over Afghanistan, ready to apprehend enemy forces when necessary.
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