The newest recruit at San Diego’s Marine Corps Recruit Depot might have a little trouble on the obstacle course.
That’s because he’s a puppy.
MCRD has announced Smedley Butler, a 10-week-old English bulldog, as its new mascot.
MCRD San Diego has a long history of English bulldog mascots. The first mascot was James Jolly Plum Duff, who was recruited in 1939, according to an MCRD news release.
The new mascot is named after the highly decorated Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler. Butler was the person who introduced the English bulldog as the Marine Corps mascot, according to the release.
The new top dog has a lot on his plate (rather, his food bowl.) He will make appearances at ceremonies and other events and help with recruitment.
Smedley is replacing Cpl. Belleau Wood, who “retired” in April and is living with a family in Temecula.
Photo courtesy of Instagram. Follow Smedley on Instagram at @Smedley_butler_mcrdsd.