Dogs have served beside humans in the military for centuries, and it's clear that the animals' dedication to the cause is no less than their upright counterparts.

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When these service animals pass, they're given the same send-off that any human soldier would get. If you're wondering why, or if you think that service dogs are more of a novelty than actual soldiers, you'll want to see these jaw-dropping and emotional pics. After seeing them, there won't be any doubt in your mind that these dogs are soldiers.

They're painfully aware of the concept of sacrifice.

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...and friendship.

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They feel loss just as any soldier or citizen would.

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They also give new meaning to the word "bravery."

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Service dogs in any field train hard and selflessly.

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Anyone who's owned a dog knows how loyal they are, and service dogs exemplify this trait the most.

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At the end of the day, they're still dogs, so they get pretty playful when they're off the clock.

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Physical fitness is as important for the dogs as it is for the humans. Being in shape could save their life.

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However, they lack the awareness and understanding that humans do, so they often need more comfort during times of stress.

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These portraits of loss are especially moving. Soldiers react the same way to the loss of their dogs.

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Here's a dog in training standing by at a funeral for a Danish officer.

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Think dogs don't salute? Think again!

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On a mission, they need to exercise tremendous discipline for the safety of all involved.

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This is taken at the National War Dog Cemetery.

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In training, the dogs are capable of things you never imagined possible.

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Their trust is like nothing many of us will ever know.

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They work to the point of exhaustion.

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After training and practice, it's time to relax.

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"Dress for the job you want..."

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They work hard and save lives, unaware of the glory, but very aware of the dangers.

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