The military of (insert nation here) has finished training its latest asset: an adult dragon. Let's call him Private Firestorm. He's got everything the top brass wants from a soldier: he's professional, loyal, skilled, follows orders to both the letter and the spirit and goes along with his fellow soldiers. Some of Private Firestorm's abilities include:
- He is big and strong enough to carry a battle tank (or something of equivalent weight or size) in his arms while flying without becoming noticeably slower.
- He is intelligent enough to understand orders and carry them out on the same level as a skilled soldier.
- His scales make him immune to small arms fire, and only sustained fire from the largest of rounds (.50 cal) on a very small spot have any chance of hurting him.
- He is able to carry things strapped to his underside by way of heavy-duty bands or cables.
- The military developed communication gear that fits to his size; the gear is on the same level as that of a regular soldier.
- He can shapeshift into a human, and aside from his eyes (which look the same as his dragon eyes) is indistinguishable from a regular human. When shapeshifting into this form he will be wearing whatever he was last wearing when in this form prior to turning back into a dragon. In this form he has physical capabilities like that of a similarly-sized human.
- He can breathe fire, but not in his human form.
- The military developed rations that are of extremly high calorie value, reducing the size of Private Firestorm's daily required nutrients to the size of a regular military ration.
Dragons are known in the world, but thus far no large scale military operation has taken place around them (because they're smart enough to not mess enough with humans to warrant this).
How would Private Firestorm likely be deployed into combat? As a front-line soldier? As a transport? As a support unit? As a member of a black ops team? Or as something else?