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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 ___


Perhaps you have heard the saying,

Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out.

or, perhaps the famous motto of snipers:

One shot - One Kill

While both of these reflect various military perspctives on combat, neither accurately represent the Cav.

This next clip requires some patience, which is frequently the case in reality. Cav, at least modern Cav, usually has to wait for "Authorization" to take out the bad guys. So, when you watch this next clip, which is over 3 minutes long, see how it takes to get "Authorization."

Again, waiting for Authorization is demonstrated and this time with a C-130 gunship. Care must be taken not to damage relicious buildings.

When the Air Cav is authorized to kill, they try to limit collateral damage and they certainly do not use just one shot. (One TOW - maybe)

The Cav mission is not always to kill, but rather to provide reconnaissance and security, presumably for the main body of forces. It is rare that Cav would operate alone. Cav might cover vast areas with limited resources, although when it comes time for resupply, the Cav needs logistical support. The specific Cav mission might be simply to observe the enemy and NOT engage, but rather report back to headquarters for other purposes.

The next clip below is the OH-58D, which has little if any capability to kill the enemy by its own armament. The thing is already overloaded with recon equipment and commo gear thus leaving little room for weapons or ammo. What it lacks in killing power on its own, it more than makes up for with mobility and the power to call in firepower from other weapons.

To see rocket pods mounted on an OH-58 is to me foolish. Same with trying to hang a .50 cal on the side. The thing can barely get off the ground already. Why load it down. I value the maneuverability more and weapons less.

At one point in the Army history, it was thought that the AH-1 Cobra could replace other aircraft by providing both recon and armament on the same aerial platform. I, personally, never thought that would work, but then I was highly biased after having flown the OH-6. To me anayway, the Cobra was a fine machine for what it was supposed to do (Attack), although was not well suited to reconnaissance. (just my opinion)

Nevertheless, I became qualified on the AH-1 and have a whole lot of video footage of the AH-1 in action. The next clip is rather large file and might take to download for anyone who has less than a high-speed connection, however, it does have some pretty good Cold War era shoot-em-up video action. It is my understanding that this type of video can also be shown on a wide screen TV. This is essentially a Trailer for the DVDs.

There will be much more commentary in my book (soon to be published - I hope) that will explain the trade-off between aircraft carrying weapons and aircraft designed specifically for reconnaissance. All of this discussion will probably become moot as UAVs take over the role of recon and ordnance delivery.

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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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