Calvary Leader's Course


Course Description


To train Officers, Chief Warrant Officers, and Noncommissioned Officers who are involved in the planning and execution of reconnaissance collection and tactical security tasks at the Troop and Squadron level, as well as Joint Asset planners and operators who support ground operations. Students will focus on applying the fundamentals of reconnaissance and security, as well as established doctrine and TTPs, into the planning of various high intensity and counter insurgency operations in time constrained environments. Students will develop skills in asset synchronization, reconnaissance equipment employment, and tactical techniques to accomplish a myriad of reconnaissance and security scenarios. Training is built around the following course objectives:

  1. Ability to apply Troop and Squadron Reconnaissance and Security tactics to anticipate, gain, and develop contact for a higher headquarters
  2. Ability to recognize the important elements of a new situation, assess new requirements, and communicate clearly (Mission Command)
  3. Ability to prioritize requirements and synchronize and coordinate Troop Reconnaissance and Security activities
  4. Demonstrate professional accountability and confidence in application of skills and knowledge to development as a Cavalry leader and professional expert


prerequisites / administrative requirements\


Students must read the Welcome Letter prior to attending the course.

Welcome Letter

Students will read various case studies and articles as well as research Army publications and Joint publications throughout the course. Prior to reporting, each student should read the following:

  1. FM 3-98 chapters 1, 4, 5, and 6
  2. FM 3-55 chapter 3
  3. FM 6-0 chapters 8 and 9
  4. ATP 2-01.3 chapters 3, 4, 5, and 6

A pre-test will be administered on day 1 of the course. The pre-test will assess the student's basic understanding of Reconnaissance and Security Operations from the prerequisite reading. Please ensure you have read and understand the prerequisite reading!

Guided reading questions are available to assist students in preparing for the course. These questions are designed to support a student’s retention of the pre-reading and serve as an introduction to the topics that will be discussed during the course. The guided reading questions, along with practical exercises and additional resources, are available for self-study on the content page of the Cavalry Leaders Course milSuite Page:




Students will report to the Thurman Room (Room 241), BLDG 5145, Harmony Church, Ft. Benning, GA on the first day of training NLT 0800 in duty uniform. The first day of training is the “Start Date” in ATRRS. Early reporting is not required.




Barracks are not available. For billeting information contact the lodging office at Fort Benning, GA as soon as possible. Soldiers traveling on official orders (PCS/TDY) have priority and may make reservations in advance. Address of Lodging: Building 399, Gillespie Street. 706-689-0067 ext. 2800/2538 from 0800-1630. Website reservation inquiries are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Room rates range from $36 to $75 per night for single and double guest rooms. A fee of $5 is assessed for each additional guest. Check-in between 2pm and 6 pm unless your reservation is guaranteed with a credit card for late arrival. After 6 pm, vacant rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-out time is 11am.




All graduates will be met by a representative of the MarDet immediately after graduation to receive a "From TAD Orders endorsement". This paperwork is a requirement upon return to your unit for settlement of travel claims. If a students is dropped from the course for any reason they must report to the MarDet in person to receive their endorsement


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