When on the front lines with the infantry, there are two kinds of people the quick and the dead.
But for infantry scouts, its a different story.
Were the ones the enemy aims for, said Spc. Serrano Brooks, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force 2-9, scout. If they take us out, then we cant relay their position or tell our headquarters how many Soldiers they have.
Infantry scouts have the thrilling task of getting eyes on the enemy.
We leave before the rest of the unit to go out and find the enemy, Brooks said. We should never be seen by the enemy and we dont engage the enemy in direct contact.
For Brooks and his team, the mission puts a lot of pressure of them.
Its a big weight on your shoulders, said Pfc. Daniel Warner. A team, squad, platoon, company or battalion could be affected by the decisions you make.
The scouts use a a technique memorized as SALUTE to inform headquarters of what they see.
· Size Number of troops and approximate size and type of unit.
· Activity Observed activity of the enemy.
· Location Position of enemy using map grid references.
· Unit Identity of enemy unit or description of markings, uniforms, equipment.
· Time Date-Time-Group of sighting.
· Equipment Number and description of weapons or equipment.
The SALUTE report is a guideline so we can give an exact report on enemy activity, Brooks said.
For the most part, scouts carry the same equipment as non-scout Soldiers.
We take the normal stuff a line Soldier would take, Brooks said. The only difference is that when we go out, the only contact we have with headquarters is through the radio. Other than that, were on our own; so its important to ensure we have all of our equipment.
For the scouts, it doesnt matter what the Korean weather is like, the mission still has to be completed.
Rain, sleet, snow or a clear night, we have to do our job, so the rest of the unit can do theirs, Brooks said.
Brooks said the best part of being a scout is the camaraderie he builds with the three other members of his team.
We spend a lot of time together, so we get to know all about each other, he said. And thats important, because you want to know the guy next to you is someone you can trust. And after spending enough time with them, I know they have my back, and they know I have theirs.
When asked what the most important thing to remember while out on patrol, Brooks had an immediate response.
Dont be seen, he said.