Yes the military don't need papers they only care if can work....... the Malinios is cheap and available. The standard of Military Dogs is pretty low,weather its bitework, obedience or tracking. Unlike Police Dept's that have to dual train to be cost effective and their performance is measured and scrutinised by public & police, as well as having to do the dual purpose training for some dogs.
Its a big issue if a K9 dies in the line of duty, but not a military dog. The Military don't care if its hips are shot are 5yrs of age, or it burn't out they will put it too sleep. Its common practice to put dogs to sleep on deployments to save the trouble of bringing them back.
The top Mals (Navy Seals/SAS) are raised and trained by the private sector, and they are mentally and physically quality, but they are in the handful. The Dutch Shepherd is stilling living on myth, a lot of in consistency and have yet to take off, never really materialised.
The Mal is the best thing to happen to the GSD, just look at the emerging GSDs in KNPV. It gives us a base line to work to, and avoid in some areas.
Navy Seal GSD!