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Old 10-22-2011, 08:28 PM #1
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Cav Troop

Okay, i recently got sent to a cav squadron and we are going to deploy soon. I have no idea what the **** im doing in a cav troop, being as i just came from a light infantry unit, and my section leader is not very helpful. all i know is that i was assigned to be a gunner. it would be appreciated if any 19D could explain the ins and outs of cav operations, like what a gunners responsibities are, and how things work when dismounted. any help would be appreciated.

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Old 10-22-2011, 08:39 PM #2
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Dont worry, you're just going to work on vehicles and do **** details.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:32 PM #3
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:38 PM #4
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Dont worry, you're just going to work on vehicles and do **** details.
Our 19d's didn't even sign for vehicles. They did 5-15k dismounted patrols daily when I was downrange.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:57 PM #5
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This is the newest new Army. Most people don't even patrol anymore.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:33 PM #6
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WTF? Why the **** do they send 11Bs to Troops and stick me in an HHC?

Anyway. Are you on a Bradly? If so you are going to need to learn the track (something I know nothing about so I can't really help you).

If you are on a truck you will need to learn how to operate and maintain your weapon (should be obvious but you asked), I'll assume it's going to be a 240 or .50. From my experience with 11serise guys I'll assume you don't really know the .50 or MK19 but neither are difficult to master. If you have a MK19 be nice to it and make sure that everything is nice and smooth and well maintained at all times (no burs or **** to catch on the ammo during the feeding cycle) as a jam on that weapon is a pain in the ****ing ***. But yea, 240, .50, MK19... shouldn't be an issue.

If you are on a Stryker you may have to learn the CROW system (should be sent to an official class on it)... or if you are on one of those crazy variants then whatever it is you have on top of your truck (I call them trucks because they have wheels).

Your driver will take care of most of the vehicle maintenance but there isn't any reason you can't help out.

You need to know your radios, how to fill them, work them, trouble shoot them. You need to know what antenna goes to what radio, where the antenna wires are routed, if you have one or two power amps and what radio is powered (if you only have one) so you know what radio to use for PLT and what to use for Troop comms.

Being a gunner can be bad ***... I had a lot of fun as a gunner. Just make sure you know your radios and your weapon system. If you have a good driver and TC then you don't have much to worry about it. Think of it as "your turret" and set it up so it so it works for you. Scrounge some ammo cans for extra mags/ smoke/ grenades/ clp/ VS-17 panel and bungee cord them up there with you. Make sure you have a 9-line taped up there. If the TC goes down it's on you to fight the truck.


As far as "cav operations" in my experience we are either used as PSD or just like wheeled infantry. The "big war" stuff we are supposed to do doesn't really come into play.... much to my

I hope that helped... if you have more/ more specific questions let me know. I'm not the only 19D around but lets face it... I'm badass
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:09 PM #7
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Walk by and see that one of my guys didnt have a 9 line taped up, makes for a very unhappy me.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:17 PM #8
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Given where your at I'm assuming you are referring to the 9 different places your can order dinner from.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:13 PM #9
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Walk by and see that one of my guys didnt have a 9 line taped up, makes for a very unhappy me.
I not need no 9 line.

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Old 10-23-2011, 08:25 PM #10
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Given where your at I'm assuming you are referring to the 9 different places your can order dinner from.
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I meant when I was actually doing something productive.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:52 PM #11
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Half of my troop is 11b, our new csm is 11b, we do alot of 11b stuff. your welcome
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:42 AM #12
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I not need no 9 line.
Better to have a copy that you can write on so you aren't trying to call it up and are all.... um.... and.... line 5: um...
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:43 AM #13
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Merely saying I don't need it because I know it. Of course I'd write it down but I can do that on a scratch piece of paper. The codes I don't know but I wouldn't call those in anyway even if I had them.
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:32 PM #14
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Brevity codes are retarded and only used when you are worried about your coms not being secure. You would be wasting your time using them because it's unlikely that the booger eater in the TOC will know what they are anyway.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:11 PM #15
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You would be wasting your time using them because it's unlikely that the booger eater in the TOC will know what they are anyway.
That's exactly why I wont.
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:25 AM #16
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i'm in a cav sqn right now, i'm even deployed right now (30 days left).

we have one troop completely filled with all of our 11B's. They basically take all of the mission the 19D's tend to cry about.

Our SCO (squadron commander) is an 11B (dude is the biggest tree hugger ever)
Our CSM is a 19D who's been hiding in TRADOC for the past 13 years
Our BDE CMDR is a 11B and absolutely loves our 1 troop of 11B's. they get tasked all the time for "special missions"

... you're gonna hate it.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:11 PM #17
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yeah i already do. if every cav squadron is like the one im in now, idk how you guys get **** done. ever.
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