Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Lee, master at arms, and Petty Officer 1st Class Valdo, working dog, sleep on a hospital floor in Kandahar. Both were wounded by shrapnel in a rpg attack in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, Apr 4, 2011. (USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

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Generally higher than that of the handler.

> 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.

“That’s out of respect,” said Sgt. 1st Class Regina Johnson, operations superintendent at the Military Working Dog School. “I see it all the time, especially in these young handlers. They make the mistake of thinking they’re actually in charge. You’ve got to tell them, ‘Hold up. That dog has trained 100 students. That dog is trying to tell you something.’ I think the tradition grew out of a few handlers recognizing the dog as their partner.”

Source: www.army.mil/article/56965/Military_Working_Dogs__Guardians_of_the_Night/

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