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Since the dawn of modern warfare, Commanders on the battlefield have relied upon their most agile warriors to keep their eyes on the target, engage the enemy, and know the enemy’s every move. 

With the readiness to accept a challenge, and stay sharp in the face of danger, the Soldiers of Military Occupational Specialty: Cavalry Scout are invaluable assets to our Nation’s Army. 

Recognized as force multipliers, the men and women in this MOS play a vital role in Military operations. 

As a Cavalry Scout, you will serve or assist as a member of a scout team, squad, or platoon in reconnaissance, security, and other combat operations. 

Using cover and concealment to conduct reconnaissance, the Cavalry Scout gathers vital information for the planning of military missions and the deployment of forces into battle. 

Cavalry Scouts conduct terrain, infrastructure, civilian and threat analysis, land navigation and route selection, 

And provide detailed reports on threat location, capabilities, and movement. 

Cavalry Scouts are qualified in individual and crew served weapons such as… 

…the twenty-five millimeter and fifty caliber heavy machine guns… 

... light machine guns… 

…and grenade launchers, in addition to anti-armor weapons. 

As a crewmember, Cavalry Scouts operate and maintain military vehicles like the Highly Mobile Multi-wheeled Vehicle, or Humvee… 

…the Bradley Fighting Vehicle… 

…and the Stryker. 

Soldiers attend approximately sixteen weeks of One Station Unit Training at the U.S. Army Armor School located at Fort Benning, Georgia, where they become disciplined, fit and competent Cavalry Scouts. 

Whether they are taking part in squad maneuvers, target practice, or tactical training exercises, Cavalry Scouts are constantly refining their skills to keep themselves sharp. 

After successful completion of training, Soldiers may be assigned to a scout platoon in the operational force as a scout, driver or gunner. 

Becoming a Cavalry Scout is a rewarding and challenging career choice for qualified Soldiers. 

As a Cavalry Scout, Soldiers have the opportunity to pursue additional military training in a variety of different areas. 

Serving in this position, Soldiers will also have the opportunity to apply for and earn national certifications and credentials through the Army's Credentialing Opportunities On-Line website - further assisting in the transition from the military to the civilian employment sector. 

Discipline, physical and mental stamina, tactical and technical proficiency, and the ability to work as a member of a cohesive team are essential characteristics of a Cavalry Scout. 

Earn your Stetson and spurs by continuing a proud tradition as the eyes and ears of the Commander on the integrated battlefield… 

Military Occupational Specialty… Cavalry Scout!

Cavalry Scout (19D)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


The cavalry scout is responsible for being the eyes and ears of the commander during battle. They engage the enemy in the field, track and report their activity and direct the employment of weapon systems to their locations.

Job Duties

  • Secure and prepare ammunition on scout vehicles
  • Perform navigation during combat
  • Report information on terrain, weather and enemy
  • Collect data to classify routes, tunnels and bridges


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


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.

Helpful Skills

  • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
  • Top physical and mental shape
  • Ability to work as a team member

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Combat (CO): 87

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

While there is no direct job equivalent in civilian life, the skills you learn such as teamwork, discipline and leadership will help you in any civilian career you choose.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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