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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. Vermont is home to the 1-172nd Cavalry part of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the only Mountain formation in the United States Army. Challenge yourself at the Army Mountain Warfare School and separate yourself as one of the few Mountain Scouts.


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.

Cavalry Scouts are members of the Armor Branch. When information about the enemy is needed, Cavalry Scouts get the call. From concealed positions, scouts provide reconnaissance, gathering and reporting information on terrain, weather, enemy positions and equipment. Scouts may engage the enemy with anti-armor weapons and scout vehicles in the field, track and report enemy movement and activities, and direct artillery, air support or other weapon systems onto the enemy.

Locations in Vermont Army National Guard

HHT 1-172nd Infantry (MTN): St. Albans

A Troop 1-172nd Infantry (MTN): Newport

DET 1 A Troop 1-172 Cavalry (MTN): Enosburgh

B Troop 1-172nd Cavalry (MTN) Bennington