Posted on Dec 29, 2019
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Does anyone have insight on the tempo, training and deployments of the squadron or brigade?
Posted in these groups: 25th IDAc9c74bb 19D: Cavalry Scout
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High operational tempo, will NOT deploy (pacific pathways doesn’t count), and be prepared to be ‘ridden hard and put away wet...’

Having said that, Field grade leadership should be switching out soon so there is hope...
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Appreciate that sir. All I hear is how people wish they were back in Hawaii. I’ve been at Riley for the last few years so I understand leadership can go either way. Have you taken part in pacific pathways?
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SSG Alan Pelletier
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Having spent my career as a 19D in Cavalry Units I have to say the tempo was higher than what the Army had officially stated, including the Brigade Commanders intentions. Each unit from Fort Wainwright and Fort lewis snuck training in outside of what the long and short term calendars stated. Of course this was at the beginning point of the War on Terror etc., and during early 2000 to 2011 when I left.
This includes being command directed that training can only begin and end on Mondays and Fridays. So what does that Cav do? We head out to our training grounds on Saturdays, prep Sundays and first thing monday we begin training. Bit slick and our skills weren't any more or less honed for deployment as combat vs. training will always spin around each other. We had less family time than our brigade counter parts is all.
This was a while ago, commanders and NCO's come and go so no telling what you could expect. I'm not sure this will be helpful but it always seem that Squadron Commanders more than anyone else wants to re-write the book on training and fighting and show everyone else how to do it "the right way." I hope Squadron Commanders and CSM's have calmed down a bit?
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SSG 25 Id Battle Nco
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I’m in 3-4 in 3IBCT and have many buddies from Fort Riley who PCSed with me in 2-14. We have essentially the same training calendar, just offset from each other.

I may be missing something but it goes STX, Lightning Strike, JRTC then Pacific Pathways. Once that’s complete, you end up doing all the ranges, a month for gunnery and field problem at PTA on the big island, drivers training etc. you will literally train nonstop for the next thing, and the next.... there’s no “let’s rest after lighting forge which was the train up for JRTC....” nope, you’ll keep downing random week long problems and overnights. They don’t take each event like preparation for the next bigger event which is strange. There will be time to slow down here and there, but it’s not what you’d expect. We don’t deploy but we train more than I ever did in a rapid deployment duty station.
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Thanks for the information SSG.
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