Service dogs visit Rockford to help students learn about military jobs

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Auburn High School students received a first-hand look at what its like to be a military policeman and handle a service dog.

Soldiers from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas brought their service dogs to show students countless opportunities the military can offer.

Students learned how the dogs were trained, how they can be used to detect drugs or explosives, and how they can also serve as comfort dogs for soldiers.

Organizers want students to know the military is more than just combat.

"It's not just infantry, it's just field artillery or there's just combat positions," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Quail. "There's stuff like there military working dogs, dog handler positions we have cooks we have medic."

Sgt. Quail and his team will visit several county fairs in Illinois this summer to reach out to more students about careers in the military. The group also held performances at Rockford East and DeKalb high schools earlier this week.