| ARMORED CAVALRY
|"FIRE POWER MOBILITY AND SHOCK ACTION"
THE US ARMY ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT
The ACR is the self-contained force around which the covering force is built. Further, it provides an economy-of-force
structure for use in the main battle area (MBA) for offensive and defensive operations (FM 8-10-4).
The ACR is a self-contained combined arms organization composed of armored cavalry squadrons (ACS), an aviation squadron,
a support squadron, and separate combat support companies and batteries. The ACR is a separate unit that supports the corps
or a joint task force. It is often reinforced by corps combat support units and divisional maneuver battalions. The ACR operates
independently over a wide area and at extended distances from other units. The ACR is a highly mobile, armored force capable
of fighting the fully mechanized threat in the environmental states of war or conflict. The ACR may be rapidly deployed to
a theater of operations by sealift. When supporting a light corps, limitations may exist in corps support capabilities, strategic
mobility, and terrain restrictions.
The regimental ACS is a highly mobile, armor-protected force. It consists of armored
cavalry troops, a tank company, and a self-propelled artillery battery. The squadron usually functions as part of the regiment,
but may operate separately for a short period of time, or as part of a joint task force or another unit. It is often reinforced
by combat support units organic to or reinforcing the regiment (FM 17-95). There are currently two active-duty and one national
guard Armored Cavalry Regiments (Armored).
3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. (Brave Rifles) Fort Carson, Colorado.
Cavalry Regiment. (Black Horse) National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.
278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. National
Guard. Headquarters at Knoxville, TN.
Armor Cavalry Regiment Light
The ACR(L) is a self-contained
combined arms organization capable of being packaged and rapidly deployed by air or sealift as part of a force projection
Army responding rapidly to world-wide contingencies. The role of the ACR(L) may be traditional, initial entry, or follow-on.
The traditional role would support a US corps or task force through a reconnaissance, security, and economy-of-force capability.
As an initial entry force, the ACR(L) would support Army or joint task force operations with credible force as a demonstration
of US resolve. In the follow-on role, the ACR(L) will follow an opposed entry force (division ready brigade type) to expand
the point of entry, to provide reconnaissance and security, and to serve as the initial combat-capable maneuver force.
regimental light armored cavalry squadron (ACS[L]) is a highly mobile force. It consists of armored cavalry troops equipped
with HMMWVs armed with a caliber .50 machine gun, an MK 19 grenade launcher, and a TOW missile launcher; a HMMWV-mounted TOW
company; and a towed artillery battery. The squadron usually functions as part of the regiment, but may operate separately
for a short time or as part of either a joint task force or another unit. It is often reinforced by combat support units organic
to or reinforcing the regiment (FM 17-95). There is currently only one Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light).
2d Armored Cavalry
Regiment (Light). (Toujours Pret) Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.