In 1969 our mos was 11 delta, armored recon. specialist. the above is a good job description for scouts. well said.Scouts are the eyes and ears of the battlefield. Most infantry and armor battalions have a scout platoon that reports directly to the S3 and BN commander. They typically operate 2 or 3 clicks ahead of the main body. Typical scout missions include Route Recon, Area and Zone Recon, Screen/OP's. Scouts are the first to clear and occupy BN Assembly Areas. At a brigade level there is usually a RSTA (recon survelance target aquisition) or ARS (armored recon squadron) that consist of 3 recon companies.
The primary mission is for scouts Recon. They find the enemy and ID avenues of approach. Scouts generally try to keep from being decisively engaged. This means they want to see the enemy without being seen. Once the enemy is located they will conduct a battle handoff with the infantry or armor elements behind them.
Scouts operate in a variaty of configurations. If they are in an Infantry BCT they use 6 humvees to maneuver, in a Heavy BCT (bradleys and Tanks) they use a combination Bradleys and humvees and in a stryker BCT they use strykers. They can all operate dismounted. They always roll very heavily armed. My platoon is in a Heavy BCT so we had 3. 50's, 2 MK19's, 8 240's plus our 3 bradleys. In this aspect they are very simular to an Infantry Weapons platoon. BN snipers are often attached to scouts as well.
Obviously it is a very demanding mission for scouts. They have to be smart enough to classify bridges, calculate slope, curves in roads, distances across rivers, speed of river current and pathfinder operations. They need to be experts at land nav, and call for fire. The skill level 1 CTT manual for a scout is 4 times larger than the one for infantry.
Coming from an infantry background I have a deep respect for scouts after having the opportunity to work with them for the past 2 years.
Sarcasm I hope?Scout? Noo, no no. Stay out of that.
That's much too dangerous a job to volunteer for in wartime.
All the Scouts I know have had vehicles shot out from underneath them in Iraq.
Much better off in Intel or anything high tech in the military.
In Iran there'll be a lot of shooting and a lot of anti-tank missiles flying.
It's a great time to be an Airman or a Sailor.
It's less of a good time to be an Infantryman or Military Policeman, especially with the new age "Mix and mingle and force protection be damned" school of war fighting a la General Petreus.