Cavalry Scout Job Description and Qualification

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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. 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.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Performs duties as a crew member, operates and performs operator maintenance on scout vehicles. Armored Airborne Reconnaissance Vehicle, and Cavalry Fighting Vehicle, crew-served weapons, and communications equipment. Loads, clears, and fires individual and crew-served weapons. Operates and performs operator maintenance on wheeled vehicles. Assists in the recovery of wheeled and tracked vehicles. Secures, prepares and stows ammunition on scout vehicles. Performs mounted and dismounted navigation. Serves as a member of observation and listening post. Gathers and reports information on terrain features and enemy strength, disposition, and equipment. Applies principles of except and evasion. Collects data for the classification of routes, fords, tunnels, and bridges. Performs dismounted patrols Employs principles of cover and concealment and camouflage. Assists with the construction of light field fortifications, laying, and removal of mines, and emplacing demolitions. Performs dismounted patrols. Requests and adjusts indirect fire.

Supervises scout vehicle crew, cavalry fighting vehicle crew, and M551A1 crew. Supervises operator maintenance of tracked and wheeled scout vehicles and individual and crew-served weapons. Selects organizes and supervises scout vehicle recovery operations. Trains scout vehicle crew. Supervises request, receipt, storage, and issue of ammunition. Leads scout vehicle crew and assists in leading scout squad. Serves as a gunner, on CFV, ITV, TOW jeep, HMMWV, and M551A1.

Training Information

Calvary Scout is Job training for a cavalry scout requires 16 weeks of One Station Unit Training. Some of it takes place in the classroom, but most of it will be spent primarily in the field. Whether it’s taking part in squad maneuvers, target practice or war games, cavalry scouts are constantly refining their skills to keep themselves sharp.

ASVAB Score Required: 87 in aptitude area CO.

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: very heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 111121

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • Correctable vision of 20/20 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye.
  • This job is closed to women

Similar Civilian Occupations

There is no civilian occupation that is directly equivalent to MOS 19D. However, the following civilian occupations make use of the skills developed through MOS 19D training and experience.

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