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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 ___


NTC is the site of many modern war games. In any given month, there will be thousands of soldiers maneuvering across the harsh desert landscape of California to fight, survive, train and learn real-life lessons for the possible eventuality of actual combat.

Cavalry plays an important role because it is the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment that primarily serves as the Opposing Forces (OPFOR). They are proud of their record. They intimately know the terrain and they cover it effectively to help train the visiting Blue Forces (BLUFOR).

Using specially modified vehicles, the OPFOR simulate enemy tactics and procedures. The stark realism of the training is immediately apparent. The desert environment contributes to the overall experience by making it challenging simply for living and operating outdoors over extended periods of time and across hundreds of miles of brutal terrain.

Transportation becomes the key to tactical maneuvering. Aviation cannot be ignored. Effective use of helicopters and Air Force assets can be a significant advantage.

Simple efforts like shaving and personal hygiene become daily challenges.

It always comes down to the individuals of the participating units who determine the outcome. Good preparation, motivation and well conceived plans can make a huge difference. Those not willing to accept the rigors of realism in modern warfare are soon identified. Those individuals either adapt or leave. Some units actually cherish the experience.

Survival is the key to success in any battle. At NTC, the soldiers must not only survive the environment, but endure modern tactics. Americans who are normally comfortable with air conditioning, television and computer games quickly learn the old fashioned lessons of soldiers and Cavalry from centuries gone by.

Click here to read one soldiers personal account.

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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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