Cavalry Scout (19D)
- Active Duty
- Army Reserve
The Cavalry Scout is the commander’s eyes and ears on the battlefield. When information about the enemy is needed, they call on the Scouts. They are responsible for reconnaissance and you will learn about various weapons to include explosives and mines. Cavalry Scouts engage the enemy with anti-armor weapons and scout vehicles in the field, track and report enemy movement and activities, and will direct the employment of various weapon systems onto the enemy.
Here are a few of the duties of a Cavalry Scout:
- Secure and prepare ammunition on scout vehicles
- Load, clear and fire individual and crew-served weapons
- Perform navigation during combat
- Serve as member of observation and listening posts
- Gather and report information on terrain, weather and enemy disposition and equipment
- Collect data to classify routes, tunnels and bridges
- Employ principles of concealment and camouflage
Cavalry Scouts are required to constantly lift heavy objects and endure many stressful situations in combat. Being in top physical and mental shape for this job is crucial.
Job training for Cavalry Scout requires Basic Training, where you learn basic Soldiering skills, and Advanced Individual Training, and 16 weeks of One Station Unit Training (OSUT). The training will take place primarily in the field with some classroom training. Cavalry Scout training never really stops. Whether it’s taking part in squad maneuvers, target practice or war games, Cavalry Scouts are constantly working to keep their skills sharp and are in a constant state of readiness.
Helpful attributes include:
- Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
- Top physical and mental shape
- Ability to work as a team member
Advanced level Cavalry Scouts supervise scout vehicle crews and scout vehicle recovery operations. They supervise maintenance of wheeled or tracked scout vehicles. They may also serve as an operations assistant at a brigade or squadron level.