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Readers Respond: Do You Have Experience in MOS Field 19 - - Armor?

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Have you ever been assigned to a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) in MOS Field 19 - - Armor? If so, tell us what it was like. Did you love your job? Did you hate it? What was your average day like? Share Your Experiences

11D - R8

I never thought I would see anything about a 11D, much less the designator of R8. I have tried to mention the MOS I was given of 11D Armored Reconnaissance Specialist, Sheridan Qualified, but people ask me what MOS is that I've never heard of it. I always tell the younger soldiers that before there was a 19D, there was such a thing called a 11D, and more likely than not the regular 11D's ended up being on a Sheridan tank also when they got to Nam. As another person mentioned, the 19D MOS of Cavalry Scout didn't appear until after the end of Vietnam, and the Generals were in a power struggle to change the 11 series MOS's. The saying was and is still the same "Scouts Out", or "RECON".
—ArmyRecon1

11D - R8

I never thought I would see anything about a 11D, much less the designator of R8. I have tried to mention the MOS I was given of 11D Armored Reconnaissance Specialist, Sheridan Qualified, but people ask me what MOS is that I've never heard of it. I always tell the younger soldiers that before there was a 19D, there was such a thing called a 11D, and more likely than not the regular 11D's ended up being on a Sheridan tank also when they got to Nam. As another person mentioned, the 19D MOS of Cavalry Scout didn't appear until after the end of Vietnam, and the Generals were in a power struggle to change the 11 series MOS's. The saying was and is still the same "Scouts Out", or "RECON".
—ArmyRecon1

First in last out

Did 13 months over in the sand. It sucked balls, no two ways about it. I worked in a sniper team, being a scout taught me that. It taught me I WAS and AM the baddest mother in the valley. All you new cherries listen to the words of us. You want to "be all you can be" and earn that title of a cavalrymen. You want to wet women wherever you go be a delta by god. Remember only the ghost come out at night!
—Guest Gnarley charley

recon/scout

On my fourth tour in Vietnam, I was with echo recon 1/5 Cav 1st Cav Div 10/70 - 11/70, but found out I hadn't healed up enough from my injuries from my previous tour when we went to Cambodia, to hump the ruck again. When I finished that tour, I went to 1/61 Inf 4th Div scout platoon 12/71 - 6/74 then to 1/10th Inf scouts until 5/75. I ate, drank and slept scout/recon for about 5 years. I was sent to Germany in 1975 and went to redeye school enroute so I picked up the the 11b40 /r6 and after 2 years over there in the the 1/15th Inf 3rd ID I had to make a choice to drop the r6 or change my mos to Air Defense. I decided after 13 years that running up and down the hills was wearing me out so I ended up in a Chap Platoon at Fort Carson for 2 yrs then back to Germany 3/37th FA 210th Bde as Redeye Section Leader and Battalion Air Defense Officer/NCO for 2 years and finally to Fort Polk for my last 3 years in 1/55 ADA 5th ID. The 3 yrs in scouts 1/61 built my character more than all else.
—bertovitt

19 series.Step below Army Rangers

I am a retired SSG. and I served 7 years with 39 months in Iraq as a 19K in samara, ramadi, and mosul. I can tell anyone who is thinking about this MOS to think long and hard about what your thinking about doing. We as 19 series soldiers are just shy of being Rangers and many in the units are Rangers certified. You will be put to the test everyday wether its busy work in garrison that some POG unit should be doing, or sweating your balls off standing on a street corner in the middle east. What makes it great is the times you will share with the men around you. The bond that will never be broken. The stories that will last a life time you will forget and remember 20 years later. I have been around the world 16 times to 11 different countries because I was a tanker. You will be a scout some days, a tanker the next. On patrol with seal team 3 looking for insurgents, to night air assault door kicking raids. This is for the Alpha male at heart. If you play sports a dominate. This is 4 you.
—Guest 19Kilo

19D and beyond

Truth be told you will be a Jack of all trades. After special forces, mountain training, and rangers Cavalry scouts have the most rigorous training. You will learn weapons, lots of them. You will learn vehicles almost all of them. You will learn every way of communicating. You will be experts. And you will use every thing that you learn and more. I served for just shy of five years then my body broke. I served in Europe, the middle east and elsewhere. It is tough, it is hard. But man is it fun. If you go Cavalry more than likely you won't go airborne. They don`t want you. They don`t want to be shown up. If you are cavalry you will show them up. There is no regular army mos even close to as tough as Cav is. None. I served in 1-1 Cav in Germany, and 1-6 infantry in Germany. If you serve in a unit that is not cav you just got every crap job out there. They will dump them on you like there is no tomorrow. When you deploy, not if but when, you will rock the world with what you know.
—Guest Carlsen04

So far

I joined as a Cav Scout a few months ago. I had no idea what I was joining to be honest but I am glad I did. As my MOS has it's job panned out I am getting more and more excited for the big day for me to go to Fort Benning, Ga, this next June. I am sticking with this MOS for my contract, but due to all the MOS possibilities for me (My ASVAB was a 91, my individual scores were GT:126 GM:123 EL:124 CL:124 MM:118 SC:124 CO:123 FA:123 OF:123 ST:123) I am thinking about going to sign for 18X as soon as my current contract is over. I will eventually come back to being a Cav Scout. My unit for after I get out of BASIC and AIT will be Troop B 1-151 out of Magnolia, AR.
—Guest 19D3LTASAS

recruiter full of sh**

I wen airborne scout no problem u get what you want before you join after its a bunch of bs... Scout out
—Guest airborne scout

McMikel61

I was a 19D many decades ago. I spent most of my time scared out of my brain as we were deployed (ahem) in rice paddies most of the time. We had little choice but to move forward and call in what we ran into. Most of what we ran into was not fun. Worse, upward headquarters did not like what we reported, even when we were under fire. So. I do not know what to say, other than I am proud to have been scout.
—Guest Mike McNamara

Planning on joining

I know I won't graduate till 2017 but I really do want to join cav scout and It would be helpful to know what it's like at training camp because I'm really nervous that I'm not gonna be "good" and also do you get deployed on the front lines or is that a choice, sincerely nick
—Guest Nick

Love Cav

I was a POG for several years before reclassing to 19D. Never would I go back to something non combat arms. We have an awesome brotherhood and the jobs are like no other. We are the eyes and ears and no where else can you get the training and toys like we have!
—Guest Jason932

11D 72-74 ROK

Last of the draftes,Uncle Sam picked this Mos for me.Was with 4/7 cav. and 1/3 cav. In the ROK all our equipment was worn out and our living conditions were not much better. Cold days and nights were the norm. us ARMY ran out of gas in 73 and we just humped ever where we went. But all that was offset by being with the best bunch of scouts in the world. All those troopers knew there jods realy well. Best bunch of NCOs in the US ARMY.Most were VietnamCombat Vets. Hard times and hardship tour but offset by best cav unit one could ask for.I will always treasure my time with the 4/7 cav. If your going to be a scout ,the the best scout . Learn not only your job, but the jobs of others around you. Hard MOS so dont waste your time if your not going to put your HEART into it.
—Guest T.J. Williams

scouts out

I have been a scout for 5 years, and i wouldnt trade anything for it. Its the most physical demanding job in the army. its a great mos to start your career with. good luck to all see yall at fiddlers green. IF YOU AINT CAV.... YOU AINT SHIT
—Guest Levi Walker

11D to 19D in 1980

Some years ago the Army made all armor careers field from the 11 series to the 19 series field so Cav Scouts and DATs (dumb ass tankers) became 19D, 19E and etc., etc. R8 was an identifier stating that that person was qualified or schooled trained on the M551 A.R.A.S.V. (Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle) Sheridan
—Guest Don

Dream Cav Scout

Its been a dream of mine to be in the service but im not sure if its for me, both my brother and a friend were in the millitary both discharged and bother seemed not to like it, but its been a dream of mine for so long, also my dad not to fine of me joining either, i just want to make sure im not wiasting my time like my dad said.
—Guest -Confussed

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