The K-9 Corps is enlisted
During World War I, enemies on both sides fought in underground trenches. To assist delivering messages – and provide homely comfort – over a million “war dogs” were employed. The most famous was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned German war puppy found in France by a troop of Americans who brought him back to the States, where he was immortalized in film. When World War II broke out, Rin Tin Tin’s legacy influenced the American Kennel Association and a group called Dogs for Defense to recruit capable dogs for the Quartermaster Corps of all US Military branches. Originally, millions of dogs of over 30 different breeds were trained, but the military narrowed its selection down to the most powerful working breeds, primarily the German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, and Siberian Husky. After a rigorous few months of basic training, these pups proved essential in the war effort, standing as patrol and guard dogs, scouting out enemy tracks, and detecting hidden mine fields. The most decorated pooch of World War II was Chips, a German Shepherd from the 3rd Infantry Division of the Army, who discovered an ambush machine gun nest in Italy. After he was wounded, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart.
What do you think a dog could bring to the K-9 Corps? What do you think your dog could do?