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TOW Missile stuff + An Update on my training

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I'm on my Family Day pass (graduated the Basic Training part of Infantry OSUT) and squeezed in a visit to the National Infantry Museum. One of the gallerys has a literal room dedicated to to TOW Missile, with a machine used to assemble the guidance wires. There are also two launchers, with a TOW 2A and 2B missile on display.

 

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My company has entered Black Phase of Infantry OSUT. This week we will learn Fireteam and Squad tactics, next week we will do Urban Ops and the Stress shoot, and the week after is our FTX. We graduate November 2nd. I'm thinking about becoming a team leader, machine gunner or RTO in my platoon.

 

Feel free to ask questions about my training and give advice. I'll try to post some photos of the Armor and Cavalry gallery in the Museum later today or tomorrow.

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38 minutes ago, TSe419E said:

Straight leg or Mech?  Or do they not make that distinction anymore?

They used to have 11M Bradley Crewman as an option, but that's discontinued now. I'm an 11B, so I could be a leg or mech. Most of our company is headed for the 101st at Ft Campbell. I haven't been informed of my duty station yet, but it's likely I'll go to Campbell too. I personally wish to be Mechanized in the 2nd ID, 1st AD or 1st Cav Division. There aren't many people in my company that even know what mechanized infantry is, so I'm kindof alone in those desires.

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The NIM has a very good gallery dedicated to the Cavalry and Armor Branch. It's probably newer, and is the best gallery in the museum IMO.

 

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As infantry trainees, we have a grudge against Cav Scouts but are mixed in our opinions on tankers. When we did our Land Nav Assessment a few weeks ago, a company of tanker trainees from 1-81 Armor were practicing land nav and we were very friendly to them.

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first off, congrats on making it this far.  Tell the 1-81 armor commander hi for me (I know him personally)   I was a cav scout myself, from 1986 to 2008 (LTC Nelson was my TRP Commander in Iraq in 2007, that how I know him)  The tow kicks butt.   I loved firing it when I was a Bradley gunner.  Remember this quote  "The infantry may be the queen of battle, but its the Cavalry that keeps that B*&ch from getting raped".   :)

 

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On 9/29/2018 at 1:35 PM, TSe419E said:

Straight leg or Mech?  Or do they not make that distinction anymore?

It's not a separate MOS anymore, but 19D will receive an ASI based on which duty station they're going to.

 

11B OSUT hasn't introduced vehicles into their program yet (they start soon) and I'm sure they will do the same.

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The Cavalry lends class to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl.

 

Also, you don't have to walk (much), and you get a roof over your head. :)

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8 hours ago, TSe419E said:

ASI?

Additional Skill Identifier.

 

Google:

Army Additional Skill Identifiers. In the Army, "ASI" stands for "Additional Skill Identifier." ASIs show additional skills, training, and qualification a soldier may possess, inaddition to his/her Military Occupation Specialty (MOS).

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2 hours ago, Hedgehog said:

Also, you don't have to walk (much), and you get a roof over your head

Our guys walk as much as they ride.

 

Dismounting is the only way to get close without detection. 

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5 hours ago, Apocalypse 31 said:

Our guys walk as much as they ride.

 

Dismounting is the only way to get close without detection. 

Dismounting(the bare minimum of it) is mixed bag with our tankies...

Too often they just go for it and end in the mud.

 

Even as one of my favourit training books ("Kriegsnah ausbilden"...or in todays newspeech "Einsatznah ausbilden") states about a german WWII tank ace:

"The most important factor for his success: He never got stuck! He would rather dismount checking the terrain, then risk his tank."

 

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12 hours ago, Apocalypse 31 said:

Our guys walk as much as they ride.

 

Dismounting is the only way to get close without detection. 

At 2 kn a roar of a Leo will have the Inf soil their undee's, detection has a advantage that should not be under estimated.....ever!

Edited by 12Alfa

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13 hours ago, 12Alfa said:

detection has a advantage that should not be under estimated.....ever!

Says the guy who claims that the enemy will detect you from a map board.  xD

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12 minutes ago, Apocalypse 31 said:

Says the guy who claims that the enemy will detect you from a map board.  xD

Feel free to hold one up in combat, and have someone near you report back how that went for you....please.

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18 minutes ago, 12Alfa said:

Feel free to hold one up in combat, and have someone near you report back how that went for you....please.

I've used them on all 3 of my combat deployments, plus all of my training center rotations.

 

You and I will continue to disagree on basically everything; you would disagree with me if I said the sky is blue. All good.

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4 hours ago, Apocalypse 31 said:

The comment was in regard to scouts. 

Yes, I've seen that. My intent was to highlight a common difference in mindset...

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19 hours ago, Grenny said:

Yes, I've seen that. My intent was to highlight a common difference in mindset...

People have different "mindsets" here, well I'll be damed....:)

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