Dal-gwan, a ‘national army dog’ who saved a middle school girl who disappeared three years ago, will be discharged this year


Military dog ​​’Dalgwan’ Lee (provided by the Army)ⓒ News1
‘Dalgwan’, who was called the ‘national military dog’ after saving a middle school girl who went missing in Cheongju, North Chungcheong three years ago, will be discharged at the end of this year.

According to the Army on the 9th, Dal Kwan-i, a member of the Army’s 32nd Infantry Battalion, was confirmed to be discharged in December this year. It is known that there is a possibility that he will be discharged early in October at the earliest.

It is reported that Dal Kwan is classified as a ‘retired dog’ after being discharged and is expected to spend his old days at the Chuncheon Military Dog Training Center in Gangwon-do.

Dal Kwan is a male German Shepherd born in 2012. After 20 weeks of training as a military dog, in November 2013, he received a scouting dog mission and was assigned to a task force battalion.

In the case of army dogs, the qualification evaluation for military dogs is conducted around 7 months of age. Qualification evaluation in 10 items including appearance, sociality, concentration, and health condition is conducted, and if 80 or more points are obtained, then formal training begins. It is known that only 30% of military dogs pass this process.

Dalgwani received a lot of attention in 2019. In July of the same year, Jo Eun-nuri (then 14-year-old) was found missing 11 days after her disappearance, helping her miraculously resurrect her.

With this as an opportunity, Dal Kwan quickly became a ‘national hero’, and requests for rewards poured in online.

In addition, in February 2014, the fact that Dal Kwan-i broke the wire mesh of a military vehicle on the highway and deserted was also re-examined, and some affectionate jokes of ‘gaegwacheonseon’ came out.

Dalgwani has reached the age of 70 as a person. Although there are still no major problems with his search ability, it is said that he was judged not to be able to perform his normal service due to his lack of physical strength.

(Seoul = News 1)


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