Marine Corps Cpl. Tyrell Bluto and military working dog Nero prepare to fast-rope out of a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during a ground interoperability course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 28, 2020.

Often overlooked as simple canine companions, Military Working Dogs are a crucial component in our arsenal, especially in the age of asymmetric warfare, global terror, and counter-drug operations. And, just like the soldier-handlers they work with, Military Working Dogs are diverse. From differences in characteristics and physicality linked to their breed to the type of training they receive (and even their personalities), a Military Working Dog is not a one-size-fits-all servicemember.

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