Photo Credit: IDF

As the sun sets on an IDF soldier in the Oketz canine special forces unit and his loyal companion, Herman.

Oketz was founded in 1939 as part of Haganah. Each dog is trained in a particular specialty. Attack dogs are trained to operate in both urban and rural areas. Other dogs are trained to track and pursue individuals and to detect breaches in the Israeli border, as well as find people in collapsed buildings. Other dogs are trained to search for guns and ammunition, and sniff out hidden explosives.


Though not affiliated with the IDF Paratroopers Brigade, Oketz operators wear the same distinctive red berets.


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