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January 2012

The Dogs of War - Literally

The United States military has been utilizing dogs since the Revolutionary war. They were first employed as pack animals but eventually moved to more advanced jobs, like as killing rats in the trenches of WWII. In modern times, there are more than 2,000 dogs serving in the military, with hundreds of them deployed in Afghanistan. Dogs have smelling capabilities that are 5 to 10 times greater than humans, allowing them to detect tiny traces of explosives or drugs and alert their handler. This has become incredibly useful during the current war, as the working dogs are able to find IEDs before they can hurt anyone. Oftentimes a dog will be sent into a suspect building before any military personnel enter in order to find any ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on January 26th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Paratrooper!

A paratrooper is a solider who is specially trained to jump from airplanes into the battlefield. They typically work within an airborne division of the Army and are used for a tactical advantage. Because they enter an area from the air, they are able to penetrate areas that would be otherwise inaccessible by land or sea. Paratroopers are also relatively silent, allowing them to enter enemy territory at night without being detected. Paratroopers endure a three week training course at Fort Benning in order to earn their basic parachute wings. Week one is Ground Week, which focuses on landings and procedures regarding the aircraft and flight. The second week of training is Tower Week, where the soldiers practice jumping from stationary towers. The final training ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on January 12th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Unsung Heroes; Combat Medics

Though they rarely make the news, Combat Medics are some of the most critical people in the military and have completely changed how injuries are handled in the battlefield. Before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, very few military personnel had combat casualty training and the nearest medics were a ways away from the fighting. The United States has implemented a 3-day training program for every single person in the military, regardless of job specialty. The program teaches life-saving first aid skills and has helped increase the survival rate of combat injuries. Furthermore, each Army company includes 4 to 5 combat medics who travel alongside the troops and can provide immediate medical assistance. The combat medics work closely with forward surgical teams and can provide ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on January 4th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military