Listen Now: Marine Corps To Make Canine Cuts
The marine corps is making some changes… and some four-legged heroes could find themselves out of work.
Under the leadership of its new marine commandant, the corp is being restructured. According to Business Insider, this means cutting tank units and law enforcement battalions. Infantry units will also be downsized in an attempt to take the corp from one hundred and eighty thousand strong to about one hundred and seventy thousand over the next ten years.
Also on the chopping block: the marine corp military working dog program. Over the next two years the number of dogs working will be reduced from two hundred and ten to one hundred and fifty. About fifty people from the dog’s human staff will also lose their jobs.
Military officials say they will train dogs in more than one skill so they get more for their training and money. Instead of only sniffing out bombs, dogs can be trained to sniff out explosives, drugs, and go on patrol. Then when out of the military these dogs have more job opportunities as civilians.
Seems no one is immune from layoffs.
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