Posted on Nov 14, 2017
I know that this question is Relative but I honestly want to know from each of your perspectives what it means to be a cav scout
Posted 1 y ago
A Cavalry Scout (19D) is a specialist in reconnaissance. A scout isn't supposed to be infantry (11B), and 99.9% of them wouldn't ever want to be. It's a difference in mission. If the infantry is moving across a battlefield it is to attack something. If the cavalry is moving across the same battlefield, it is to conduct reconnaissance and report what they see to their higher command so that command can maneuver its infantry and armor to a point of advantage and destroy an enemy force. Until recently, there were Long Range Surveillance Detachments (LRS-D) which were manned mostly by 11B, but those units were inactivated within the last 2 years. Same mission, just deeper in enemy territory. A cavalry scout is only assigned to Cavalry Squadrons. Last time I checked, the scout platoons in Infantry Battalions were still manned with 11B's. Those Cavalry Squadrons (~450-600 Soldiers) have the job of being the reconnaissance organization for a Brigade Combat Team (BCT...~5000 Soldiers). The Cavalry Squadron deploys in front of the brigade in a defense in order to detect enemy movement, harass and delay their approach to allow the infantry and armor to prepare their defense, and destroy critical enemy forces prior to the main battle. When the BCT is moving, the Cavalry Squadron moves in front and on the flanks of the BCT in order to identify enemy and allow the infantry and armor to maneuver without running into something blind. As far as what a Cavalry Scout does, it depends on what kind of Cavalry Squadron you go to. There is light, medium and heavy Cavalry. Light cavalry is either dismounted (walking) or in HMMWV's/JLTV's. Medium cavalry is found in the Stryker Brigade Combat Team and is mounted on Strykers. Heavy cavalry is found in the Armored Brigade Combat Team and is mounted on Bradley Fighting Vehicles. If you are light or medium cavalry, expect to do a LOT of dismounted movement to get to a concealed position...and stay there for a long time...watching nothing happen...for a long time...until something does. Then report it. Maybe call for fire. Artillery is the cavalry scout's primary weapon system because he never wants to give away his position. The exception is the heavy cavalry. They rarely dismount and are heavily armed and usually have tanks with them in order to engage the enemy to delay or turn them towards the main force. If you are in the Cavalry, reconnaissance is the primary focus. You will be in front of the units you are supposed to support. You will often be out of communications range, short on fuel, food and ammunition. You will be in a contested area that is difficult to reach in a medical emergency. You find the enemy and report them. There are other aspects of the job as well. You have to know how to classify a bridge, the radius of a curve on a road (so we can know what kinds of vehicles can actually make the turn), the angle of a slope on a hill (so we can know if vehicles can actually make it up it), the width-depth-and speed of a river or stream (so we can know if we can cross it with vehicles). You also have to know how to blow a bridge...because the engineers are well behind your position sometimes. Scouts are a "jack-of-all-trades," kind of thing. Plus, you get to look damn sexy wearing this Stetson. We bring class to what would otherwise be a bar-room brawl.
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