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If you have ever been in a Cavalry unit, then you know the Attitude that becomes most apparent when hanging around with other units.

This site is dedicated to all those who serve in the military with special emphasis on those in the Cavalry, and more specifically Air Cav.

What does IYACYAS mean ?

Among other things: AirCav

With some Action

Or maybe Adventure

Using lots of Ammo

And some Aviation

The full Background

Could be Cavalry

Probably in Combat

Involving Defense

On these DVDs

There is Equipment

Which might be FUBAR

Of course, Guns Guns Guns

There is History

There are Helicopters

If You Ain't Cav,

Joint Operations

Kills - Killers - Kill 'em all

There are many Legends

About Mini-guns & MLRS

And Napalm

And Night Vision

Or Observation - Operations

Known Positions

In a Quadrant

During a Recon - Report

Perhaps being Safe or SNAFU

See Target - Pull - Trigger

There are Uniforms

And Units

Resulting in Victory

Via someVectors

The Mission might be to Verify

Utilizing Whiskey or Willy Pete

X - change

If You Ain't Cav

You ain't ___


Air Cavalry is a subset of CAVALRY, however, there is an attitude prevalent among all those who serve in any type of Cavalry unit, that becomes especially apparent when alchohol is consumed. The bond among Cav guys is strong, so it is no wonder that this one particlar saying is so universally popular. It extols the virtues of being in a Cav unit, doing the Cav mission and belittling anyone who is not in the Cav. Those not in the Cav ususally find it annoying, puzzling, politically incorrect or revealing a lack of education in proper grammar.

Rather than dwell on the implications of this particular saying, for which this site is named, our purpose is to provide more explanation of where this attitude orginates. There are obviously countless examples to demonstrate tactical capabilities, or marksmanship, or just plain arrogant self - confidence, which can often be a valuable commodity on the battlefield. For that reason, the following video clips are provided:

The main point of the video being that Cavalry tactics are just as valuable today in modern conflicts as they were thousands of years ago on horseback. When it comes down to a situation of kill or be killed, the ability to move about the battlefield can have certain advantages. Being stationary in a fox hole or a bunker can provide a sense of security for grunts who might otherwise have to crawl or run to another position where they could either feel safer or take a better shot at the enemy. Cavalry, by its very nature, makes maximum effect of the Mobility to Observe the enemy, Report their position, and then Choose an appropriate course of action. That choice might be To Engage the Enemy.

That choice of engagement might be to wait for more enemy to arrive and then take them all out at the same time.

This next clip is fairly recent - June 2009
Audio starts at about 32 seconds after video.

Department of Defense released it to demonstrate the care taken to avoid collateral damage.

( Quite the contrast to suicide bombers - don't you think - )

The point is that Cavalry usually has the choice of when, where and how to attack. That is what induces the Attitude. . . . . . . .

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This site is dedicated to all those who serve in the military, and by serving have become
familiar with the special jargon that is so often used by combat veterans the world over.

This site has been an attempt to educate those of you not schooled in military parlance,
so if you still do not understand what IYACYAS means, then here is a very simple clue:

If You Ain't Cav, You Ain't Seen nuthin

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