On Memorial Day, we remember Americans who ser…

On Memorial Day, we remember Americans who served in all the branches of the military. With all respect to those that have passed in order to protect our freedom, their has been tens of thousands of dogs that have served and passed for that same purpose.
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Brief History of Military Dogs.
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On March 13, 1942, Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson authorized to officially induct dogs into the war effort. Initially 30 breeds were accepted but were narrowed down to just five: German Shepherds, Belgian Sheep Dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Farm Collies and Giant Schnauzers.
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In August 1942, the first War Dog Reception and Training Center was established at Front Royal, Virginia. Initially thought that only 200 dogs would be needed but that estimate changed as requirements increased.
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Early on, the military had no training program set up so numerous qualified civilian dog trainers volunteered their time and service (without pay) Also note that the supply of dogs came from a majority of family owned homes from all 48 states to support the War effort.
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In the fall of 1942, a K-9 Quartermaster Corps training center was established at Fort Robinson, Nebraska since the program proved to successful. At this point, thousand of dogs were trained for war duty. Dogs were also trained to guard facilities, carry messages, sniff out mines, and pull sleds. The Quartermaster Corps trained the dog handlers, most of whom were quartermaster soldiers. A technical manual was designed in July 1943: TM 10-396, War Dogs, which contained the doctrine for training and deployment.
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Dogs were trained rather quickly as training time was normally eight to 12 weeks with basic fundamental commands as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and others. During this training dogs also were introduced to muzzles, gas masks, gunfire and riding in vehicles. If the dogs passed the basic training routines, they were transferred to one of four specialized training programs where they underwent months of rigorous military training. The four classes consisted of sentry dogs, scout or patrol dogs, messenger dogs and mine dogs.
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