How exactly does one become an 'Air Cav' Officer

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Gabriel, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Gabriel

    Gabriel Member

    Oct 29, 2016
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    It seems like every place I look people either don't know or don't have much information on the subject. I know the 1st Calvary Regiment is still functioning as Air cav but that's about it. Can anyone comment on specifics?

  2. davejean90

    davejean90 Member

    Aug 18, 2015
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    There is the First Cavalry Division (Big yellow patch with a horse on it). This division is essentially a mechanized army division that contains infantry, tanks, howitzers, and yes helicopters. If you are thinking air cav in terms of the movie Apocalypse Now, those air assault missions are performed by light infantry brigades in partnership with division aviation assets. Traditionally the 101st Airborne division performed these missions as the only "air assault" division. In today's military cavalry units typically perform reconnaissance missions to provide intelligence for the brigades they support. However, some infantry or armor battalions have traditionally been named cavalry, but they are just armor or infantry battalions. Confused? Yes it is confusing. If you want to fly helicopters then you want to try to branch aviation. Some aviation assignments will be with units that have reconnaissance missions (cavalry). If you want to go to battle by jumping out of a helicopter than branch infantry and look to get assigned to a light infantry brigade. If you want to be a cavalry scout, then branch armor and look for assignment in a cavalry squadron. To confuse you even further, you can branch infantry, go to an infantry battalion and after duty as a line platoon leader, look to take charge of the scout platoon. Hope that clears some things up (-:
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  3. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

    Apr 25, 2018
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    Whew, I'm tired. Good gouge though.
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  4. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot 5-Year Member

    Apr 29, 2010
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    In short: you don’t because Air Cavalry isn’t real anymore. It’s all some artificial heritage tacked onto the standard attack and assault battalion structure.

    The last true air cavalry roles died in the latter part of last decade.