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Military working cat program underway at 'The Old Guard'
www.army.mil Homepage of US Army ^ | March 28 , 2013 | By Staff Sgt. Megan Garcia

Posted on 03/31/2013 5:23:59 PM PDT by SMGFan

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. (April 1, 2013) -- The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), is doing its part to cut down on military spending with the implementation of a new cutting edge program which will use military working cats to work alongside military police.

Currently, U.S. Army Military Police, or MPs, most often use German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs for narcotics detection, tracking criminals and for taking down criminals, thus reducing the risk of injury to MPs.

"I think it's a great idea," said Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Radmall, platoon sergeant, 947th Military Police [MP] Detachment, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). "There are so many homeless cats in the Virginia area. Not only will the Army have a more cost-effective working animal, but we will be doing our part in getting them off of the streets and finding them employment."

Officials hope to capitalize on cats' olfactory and hearing prowess. While most people think of dogs as having sharp senses, cats actually have more acute senses.

For example, dogs can hear five times more acutely than humans, and cats about twice as acutely as dogs. Also, a domestic cat's sense of smell is about fourteen times as strong as a human's

Soldiers around the regiment have been doing their part to support the program by capturing stray cats in their neighborhoods and bringing them into the detachment located on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. More than 100 cats have been collected since the program started earlier this month.

(Excerpt) Read more at army.mil ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: kittyping; sourcetitlenoturl
Viking Kitty?
1 posted on 03/31/2013 5:23:59 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

I could see them more in the Navy Dept. as twin hulled Cat-a-marines...


2 posted on 03/31/2013 5:32:08 PM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: SMGFan

Cats don’t follow orders. Purrrrrfect.


3 posted on 03/31/2013 5:34:59 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: SMGFan

story smells like bs..


4 posted on 03/31/2013 5:46:53 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: SMGFan

I love kitties, but can’t see them being nearly as useful as dogs.

In fact...can’t see they’d be very useful at all.


5 posted on 03/31/2013 5:56:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: RitchieAprile

It may be but rodents beat them both.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/sniffer-mice-used-detect-bombs-drugs-010749954.html#NK0xazq

They also have trained rats who not only detect stuff, they haul lines and wires through small spaces.

And the list goes on.

http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2008/11/23/mankinds_new_best_friend/


6 posted on 03/31/2013 5:58:52 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: RitchieAprile

It was an April Fools piece.


7 posted on 03/31/2013 6:00:14 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: SMGFan

Dateline: April 1. LOL!


8 posted on 03/31/2013 6:03:11 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: RitchieAprile
story smells like bs..

It's a metaphor for women in combat.

9 posted on 03/31/2013 6:45:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: SMGFan; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...
;^)


10 posted on 03/31/2013 8:23:25 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SMGFan
"Cats' claws are razor sharp, so it makes for a good defense mechanism not only for the cat but for their handler as well," said Radmall. "A young, healthy cat can jump over eight feet in a single bound so if an enemy approaches a cat, the cat will be able to jump on him and either disable him, or claw him to death if he fails to stop resisting capture."
11 posted on 03/31/2013 8:34:36 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: SMGFan

From the article... “No cats were harmed in the writing of this story. Happy April Fools!”

Gettin’ kinda frisky in the Third Herd these days.


12 posted on 03/31/2013 8:44:27 PM PDT by shove_it (old Old Guardsman)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Approach with caution.

13 posted on 03/31/2013 9:13:11 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM)
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To: BenLurkin
They have their uses.


14 posted on 03/31/2013 9:13:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fred Nerks

They’re very wise to attack from behind.


15 posted on 03/31/2013 9:14:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SMGFan
When playing hide and seek with the grand kids their cat “Mr. Pickles” always gives away the hider.
16 posted on 03/31/2013 10:44:24 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: SMGFan; All

I read this to my kitty who just woke up from one of her mid morning naps.

She says its actually the Navy that will employing kitties to make sure all fishes taste delicious and are not spoiled. If kitteh walks away after smelling throw fishy out.

I also have it on cat authority that the next new sub will be christened after Tardar Sauce, Aka Grumpy.


17 posted on 04/01/2013 6:40:52 AM PDT by Gefn ("Veni, Vidi, Volo in domum redire")
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To: BenLurkin

They are very useful if you have problems with vermin. Also very useful if you’ve had a hard day and need something to cuddle.


18 posted on 04/01/2013 6:56:11 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
It's a metaphor for women in combat.

BUZZZING! We Have a Winner!

Regards,
GtG

19 posted on 04/01/2013 8:41:22 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Good pick, cats have a normal body temperature of 101.6°F, my Ragdoll keeps me nice and toasty.

Regards,
GtG & Jasper (Jazzpurrr)

20 posted on 04/01/2013 8:47:25 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: BenLurkin
In fact...can’t see they’d be very useful at all.

How can you say that?!?! They're extremely useful! Why just a couple of months ago, while I was "kitty sitting" for a friend, that kitty cat was extremely useful in letting me know exactly what time it was!

Time to pet the kitty... Time to feed the kitty... Time to play with the kitty... Time to go to bed, so the kitty could get comfortable between my knees...

Any time of day, that kitty would let me know what time it was. Just like a Swiss watch!

Mark

21 posted on 04/01/2013 11:10:53 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: RitchieAprile
story smells like bs..

I checked the date on the article, just to see if it was dated 4/1... It's not!

Mark

22 posted on 04/01/2013 11:11:49 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

My kitties have been known to serve double duty as footwarmers, you betcha.


23 posted on 04/01/2013 11:55:10 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SMGFan

24 posted on 04/01/2013 11:58:09 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Slings and Arrows
This picture really got to me. I can see my husband sitting on his chair in our living room, with our cats, Ming Toy, a Seal Point Siamese, Ginger our orange tabby, Goldie our beige short hair cat, and Fudgie our Ragdoll/Seal Point Siamese. My dear husband passed away two weeks ago, and now it is but a memory, he and our cats are now no longer with me. A sad memory, but a sweet one. My late husband use to look at your cat pictures and stories and laugh out loud, and then we'd reminisce about our puddy cats in years gone by. Such good memories.

Thanks for listening, and for your wonderful cat pictures and cat stories.

25 posted on 04/01/2013 10:48:06 PM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme

I’m so sorry about your loss, and I’m honored that your husband enjoyed the my pings.

Please, when the time is right, consider opening your heart to another cat. They have so much love to give.


26 posted on 04/01/2013 11:27:45 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cruel story......one demerit to the military.


27 posted on 04/02/2013 9:50:18 AM PDT by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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