My daughter told me that her fiance was in the SERE's in the army and that he was given a puppy to raise and then had to shoot it so he would learn to not become attached? He is stating that the dog she has reminds him of the dog he had to shoot so therefore the dog isn't allowed in the house and the fiancé has no contact with the dog.

Is this really true about having to kill a dog or is he making this up?

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    What's a SERE please? Feb 18, 2020 at 3:13
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    "SERE" apparently stands for "Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape", but it's not a single program but a genre of military and private programs. Therefore it's unlikely that there's a single standard, especially one that would attract so much ire from ASPCA et al. Feb 18, 2020 at 3:26
  • @DanielRHicks well, SERE programs did have some problems with their curricula in the past. Nothing dog-related, though. The claim seems more like something taken out of some movie plot. Feb 18, 2020 at 4:04
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    @DanilaSmirnov in fact it's lifted straight from the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service Feb 18, 2020 at 5:30
  • @CharlesE.Grant: ...which makes the claim by OP daughter's fiancee doubly dubious. "In the SERE's"? That's mightily unspecific, especially since we don't even have a country specified. When I served in the German army, we were told quite specifically what that training entailed, as it was (at the time) compulsory for officers. I am pretty sure we would have heard of any dog killing.
    – DevSolar
    Feb 18, 2020 at 9:32

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USAF SERE Training Manual

There is a section in the USAF's training manual about how to elude tracking dogs, but nothing else. There's also a section on emotional well being, but nothing that appears to relate to avoiding emotional attachments.

More or less, SERE is wilderness survival training, techniques to assist search and rescue and avoiding detection. It's a part of special forces training, but is also taught to anyone that may be operating in a forward area (pilots, medical personnel, etc). It's not something that's limited to special forces personnel.

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