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Military dogs reporting for duty

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Meet Bruno, a German Shepard who is one of nearly 3,000 dogs in the canine corps and a cherished military asset.

(Photo: Associated Press)

Bruno is trained as a patrol and detection dog. He’s not unlike the four-legged commando who played a key role in hunting down Osama bin Laden inside a Pakistani compound. Dog handlers said it’s no surprise that Navy Seals brought a dog with them on the stealth mission.

War dogs are trained to give early, silent warnings of danger – something man and machines often can’t do.

The canines are trained to be the best of the best, but passing a test to become a military dog isn’t easy.

Depending on the mission, the dogs could be outfitted with special gear, such as night-vision goggles (dubbed “doggles”), cooling vests, body armor that can withstand shrapnel and bullets and head mounted infrared cameras.

For information on the National Monument for Military Working Dogs, click here.

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