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Marines train to use pack animals

Lance Cpl. Tyler Langford leads his pack mule during a hike at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center

“You get a train of mules going and they can get across terrain that trucks can’t go through,” Martin said. “You don’t run the risk of hitting an improvised explosive device like if you’re on a road because you can go off-road the entire time.”

The MCMWTC not only offers the Animal Packers Course to Marines but also service members across the branches.

“As Marines we are always adapting and overcoming, trying to think outside the box and doing more with less,” Head said. “This is definitely one of those skills.”

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