Military Dog - Silent Hero in the Bin Laden RaidPosted May 5 by Fido
Fearless ... US soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during training. Photo: Technical Sergeant Manuel J. Martinez/US Air Force
Canines often play a significant role in military operations as they can crawl into small spaces, find enemy soldiers and report back unnoticed with TV footage from a camera attached to their heads. Their primary functions "are finding explosives and conducting searches and patrols," Maj. Wes Ticer, a spokesman for the United States Special Operations Command, told the New York Times, but Ticer said that many times dogs save "the lives of the Special Operations Forces with whom they operate."
German Shepherds and Belgian Mailnois dogs have the skills best-suited to the job (like sense of smell, courage, athleticism, endurance and intelligence) and thus are most commonly used in the military. It just goes to show a dog is a man's best friend — as long as he's on your side.