Accession Number : ADA186232

Title :   Is the Air Cavalry Training for the Right Missions? The 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division Republic of Vietnam - 1965 to 1966.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis Aug 86-Jun 87,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Driver, William L

PDF Url : ADA186232

Report Date : 05 Jun 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 174

Abstract : The purpose of this study is to determine whether a disparity exists between the doctrinal missions an air cavalry unit trains for in peacetime and the missions it actually performs in combat. The study presents an overview of what cavalry missions have been historically, as well as the Army's doctrinal definition of what the cavalry mission was in the 1960s. This study also presents the actual missions of an air cavalry squadron as performed in combat. This study examines the U.S. Army's doctrinal definitions of the air cavalry mission during the 1960's adn then compared this definition to the missions which were performed by the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavarly in the Republic of Vietnam. Research confirms that a disparity did exist between the doctrinal missions and the mission which were performed in combat. Investigation also shows that the cavalry doctrine of the 1960d lacked an applicability to air cavalry units, because the doctrine was almost exclusively based on ground cavalry units. As a result, when the 1/9th Cavalry as just another aviation unit rather than as cavalry squadron. This thought impacts on today's employment techniques of air cavalry units.

Descriptors :   *CAVALRY, AERONAUTICS, AIR FORCE TRAINING, AIRBORNE, ARMY TRAINING, RECONNAISSANCE, DOCTRINE, STRATEGIC BOMBING, GROUND LEVEL, PEACETIME, SQUADRONS, VIETNAM

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE