Posted on Jan 19, 2021
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Any tips? I’m currently in the process of reclassing to 19D from a non combat job.
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SGT Joseph Gunderson
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Yeah, don't be a douchenozzle to the new soldiers. You'll be an insert and only for the last third of the training. Remember these guys have been doing scout stuff the entire duration. They will more than likely know far more about being a scout than you do when you join them, and it would be wise for you to understand this fact.
Also, no one cares about your previous MOS, least of all the trainees. You can, however, take the opportunity to improve upon the OSUT experience for those young men by helping them to understand the army, be available to answer questions, and impart general knowledge.
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Yeah definitely not trying to be that guy, I’m learning just as much as the IET guys are.
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SFC Thomas McMahon
SFC Thomas McMahon
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SGT (Join to see) - Yes, if you're going through OSUT training, if it was like when I went through OSUT for my first MOS back in 1997, the whole thing is basically boot camp. They stay living in the bays, not going to smaller 4 man rooms like soldiers that do their AIT separate from Basic. They have the same Drill Sergeants the whole way through. When the reclass people showed up, no matter what their rank, they lived in the bays just like us. I don't remember, it was 23 years ago, if they still had to do fire guard or CQ shifts like the rest of us or not. You will get some better treatment from the DS's, but you'll get punished just the same. While you may not be new to the Army, you are new to that MOS and the subject matter being taught, remember that. You aren't special. Go into it with the same attitude you did when you first enlisted. I went from MP to SF, so a bad attitude wasn't an option and I was gonna get beat down no matter what.
On the flipside, for you in your situation, while you'll be there for training like everyone else, you've also been in the real Army, so those privates are going to look up to you and pepper you with questions about what it will be like for them when they get to their first duty station. They'll in some ways look to you for comfort that they made the right choice joining the military and things like that. Don't squander that opportunity to help the new privates become soldiers and grow, you are an NCO after all. Lastly, when you arrive to your company and sign in, don't be afraid to ask the company commander if you get a face to face with them, or any of the cadre what their expectations of you being an NCO are, just preface that conversation with the fact you understand you're there as a trainee. Good luck
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SFC Thomas McMahon
I appreciate the comment and advice SFC.
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SFC Thomas McMahon
SFC Thomas McMahon
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SGT (Join to see) - No problem, good luck, and if you need anything else don't hesitate to reach out. I respect that you came on here and asked the question, as opposed to going in there acting like you know everything.
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Get ready to ruck...a lot. Get ready to not accept "Marksman" as good enough on like 12 different weapons systems and definitely not for your M4. As a SGT you'll be a Team Leader/Gunner, Truck Commander or maybe a Bradley gunner (all depends on what unit etc), so you need to know everything Joe does....and why it's important, how Reconnaissance works. You need to live the Fundamentals of Reconnaissance and you better know the 5 Types of Reconnaissance (RAZRS) before you even show up. Max effective range of weapon systems, grazing fire, plunging fire, Call For Fire, enemy vehicle identification (start with the playing cards...then graduate to thermal pictures), basic formulas for demolition calculations (cratering, cutting, counterforce, water impluse, field expedient stuff). Learn the history of the US Cavalry, NCOs are expected to earn their spurs (us cav starts with Gen Pulaski...hint hint).
Your crew served weapons you need to know like the Army Rank structure - as in you have to try to mess it up.
Drawing sector sketches, assessing routes and terrain, thinking of how the enemy would come into your AO.
This may seem like a lot but believe me (I was a Scout for 9 years), this just scratches the surface. There used to be Skill Level manuals for each MOS and I kid you not the LEVEL 1 manual for a 19D (E1-E4) that had everything a lower Scout should be competent on was thicker than the 11B manuals...ALL OF THEM PUT TOGETHER. You're an E5 and will be gunning (pun intended) for an E6 slot which brings on much more. The Section Sergeant literally runs half the platoon (PSG and PL aren't really in charge of much...one is beans/bullets/medevac/keep leash on LT, and the other should just sit with a handmike in his ear unless a signature is required)

A Scout is an amazing job, truly. It can be tons of fun, and a lot of physical work. The more you learn about RSTA the better you'll be and it will be noticed, I guarantee it. Many Scouts just think they do what an 11B does because we've been fighting COIN - which was exactly right. But they forgot all the actual Scout stuff. You have a chance to really bring the mentality back to "snoop n poop" "scouts out" "jack of all trades, master of none", etc
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and make sure you don't let people say caLvary instead of caValry. There's a huge difference between those terms........
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SGT Squad Leader
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I appreciate the comment, definitely have a lot of things to learn. But I definitely look forward to the challenge and grinding it out.
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SGT Mason Garner
SGT Mason Garner
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Was a Scout Sergeant myself until injuries caught up. Can confirm every word of this well worded response.
Scouts Out!
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SFC Jon Santy
SFC Jon Santy
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Some things changed since I retired (Scout for 22 years) but the sheer scope of a Cav Scouts duties has not. Nice to hear these responses. Will have to get a copy of the Scout handbook and suss out your acronyms ;-)
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SPC Alexander Bendyna III
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Learn the Scout Handbook. We commonly referred to it as the Scout Bible.
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