By Nate Snook, Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence Public Affairs /
(FORT BENNING, Ga.) In the last two years, Fort Benning has been at the forefront of gender integrated training and today was no exception.
After 17-weeks of immersive training, Soldiers from 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment graduated 162 of the newest Cavalry Scouts, here. Among them are the first four women to complete the training and earn the Military Occupational Specialty of 19D (delta), Cavalry Scout.
“Everyone was held to one standard and that’s the Army standard,” said Col. John Cushing, Commander of the 194th Armored Brigade. “We spent a great deal of time making sure that we were ready to accept females into our formation. Female Drill Sergeants were on board for about 18 months prior to execution which prepared us for the integrated training.”
Lt. Col. Daniel C. Enslen, Commander 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, who presided over the ceremony spoke to family and friends who gathered at Freedom Hall for the graduation ceremony.
“Their success is a testament to their perseverance, more importantly to the foundation that each of you helped establish, “said Enslen. “This ceremony marks a key milestone in the life of your Soldier. Today they graduate as cavalry scouts trained in the fundamentals of Army reconnaissance. Today they are members of the United States military profession. Today they are Soldiers.”
“These Soldiers marched and ran countless miles, developed a wide range of military skills from establishing observation posts, infiltrating hostile area, calling indirect fires on the enemy, to driving and firing numerous combat vehicles, said Enslen. “We are the eyes and ears of the Army. We are the cavalry.”
The Cavalry Scout is the commander’s eyes and ears on the battlefield. When information about the enemy is needed, they call on the Scouts. They are responsible for reconnaissance and are proficient with various weapons to include explosives and mines. Cavalry Scouts engage the enemy with anti-armor weapons and scout vehicles in the field. They track and report enemy movement and activities as well as direct the employment of various weapon systems onto the enemy.