Army Set to Use Mules

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Pack animals have long since been replaced by high-tech, heavy duty equipment in the U-S military. But lately the Army's Tenth Mountain Division has been thinking that donkeys and mules could come in handy in the mountainous and remote terrain of Afghanistan.

This week, 31 soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division put in some barn time near Powell. They got tips on the finer points of donkey and mule management.

The soldiers plan to pass those skills to soldiers headed to Afghanistan, where pack animals will be used to move supplies.

David Little is a historian for the Tenth Mountain Division. He says the division has talked about using mules or donkeys ever since the first deployment in Afghanistan.

Little says one advantage of using pack animals rather than helicopters is they're less likely to give away your location.