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Why do Military Working Dogs Out Rank their Handler?

Does a Military Working Dog Always out rank their handler? If so why?

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I could not find an Official Army Regulation stating the dogs will outrank their handler.  It appears to be a Tradition. Here is what I did find:

 

  1. According to a 2011 blog post by the US Military, military service dogs are all NCO – non commissioned officers – and are given a rank higher than their handler. This tradition is in place to maintain order while training and on missions. As a higher ranking officer, any mistreatment of the dog will result in severe disciplinary action for the handler, thus ensuring the dog is being treated well within the military
  2. TRADOC BLOG Post: A Unique Bond Every military working dog is an NCO – in tradition at least. Some say the custom was to prevent handlers from mistreating their dogs; hence, a dog is always one rank higher than its handler. https://www.army.mil/article/56965/

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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