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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 ___


There are several video clips that tell a story about Air Cav without actually being real:

Some Cav guys might think these clips look like some of the Missions Briefings they have to sit through.

The point of these clips is that confusion can exist in any communication.

Confusion is not good for the Cav or the Air Cav, or any other military unit that is in combat. Warfare itself is very often chaotic so even the slightest confusion can lead to mistakes, and mistakes can result in vary bad things happening.

The next clip refers to a story frequently told in Flight School, although its lessons apply to numerous situations encountered by Air Cav. Perhaps you might know someone for whom this would be appropriate.

It quite aptly illustrates two of the most famous sayings of Air Cav pilots the world over:

  • That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  • It is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask for permission
As one who has served many years in Air Cav units, I can say without hesitation that these two lines have been used countless times.

Maybe things are different now in the age of computers, GPS, Night Vision and unparalleled lethality in weaponry.

Somehow, I have my doubts and suspect that these lines are still used frequently.

If you can't get a clearance Clarence, or a vectors Victor,

You might just as well be a grunt.

Ever heard of this one:

Been there, done that.

Got the t-shirt.


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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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