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May 6, 2011

Your Turn: The Dog of War

<!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 16.0px 0.0px; line-height: 23.0px; font: 9.0px Arial; color: #666666} -->Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force/ DoD
Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force/ DoD

This photo is suddenly everywhere. What’s up (above and beyond this)?

(Via the Foreign Policy slideshow.)

  • Cate Blouke

    Lassie + Rambo = new American dog hero?

  • Ciclo

    Wow! Does he know he just jumped out of an airplane?

  • Marie

    First time I’ve ever seen or heard of a dog jumping out of a plane. Pretty impressive.
    Interesting that the dog is muzzled. And his pack is in a non-camo color. And it makes me wonder how/who pulls the cord. By remote?

    • Darkwing Duck

      When I think about the amount of effort it took to convince my dog that jumping in and out of the car wouldn’t kill her….yeah, it’s really impressive

    • Jay Lessert

      Marie, they’re jumping into water 3m down, it’s not a parachute jump. If it were, the human would be in big trouble, he’s wearing a flotation vest, not a parachute!

  • black dog barking

    Geronimo!!!! (Those of a certain age will have parallel connotative connections.)

    A dog is a near perfect soldier — smart, observant, athletic, and obedient.

    • NotOkayWithThisDogThing

      Funny, Geronimo was the code name used for Bin Laden. And the human isn’t wearing a pack, either. It looks to me like they’re jumping out of a helicopter over rather calm water.

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  • Steve

    Irrelevant Detail I Noticed:

    The soldier is wearing “barefoot”shoes. This falls in line with the military non-policy of allowing uniform deviations to the more oddball service assignments, like submariners, fighter pilots and special ops guys.

    • Anonymous

      if they’re like point/patrol dogs in VietNam, one dog/one handler…non-transferable and not negotiable: back then, when the man finished his service, the animal would be sacrificed. Sooo…now, if the Sgt. can’t take his pup home, ‘What falls out will generally re-up.’

    • Ralfast

      More like the jumper will put some flippers on to swim or that regular shoes would make it harder for him/her to swim, as they are heavy (I tried swimming with full uniform and boots, a good recipe for a quick drowning).

  • Anonymous
    • Glen


  • omen


    where do i sign up?

  • Glen

    Jesus Christ! How many dogs wash out of training to do that?

    That’s bordering on animal cruelty.

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