Light Cav vs Armoured Cav

#1
Having read a couple of similar threads on the topic I was wondering if anyone in the know wrt current doctrine could clear up some questions.

1) Apart from the vehicles used, what are the differences in operational capability and specialism between light cavalry and armoured cavalry (range ahead of friendly forces / use of force / method of recce)

2) Are there any major organisational differences between the two types of unit? (attached assets / formation size)

Thanks in advance
 
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None of them are RTR. Ergo they are lesser beings.

Up your game ;)
 

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Having read a couple of similar threads on the topic I was wondering if anyone in the know wrt current doctrine could clear up some questions.

1) Apart from the vehicles used, what are the differences in operational capability and specialism between light cavalry and armoured cavalry (range ahead of friendly forces / use of force / method of recce)

2) Are there any major organisational differences between the two types of unit? (attached assets / formation size)

Thanks in advance
Essentially, the biggest difference between Armoured Cavalry and Light Cavalry is that the Light Cavalry, with their Jackals, will spend a far greater portion of their time cold, wet and miserable on UK based training, whilst those fine chaps in, for example, the HCR, will still have the opportunity to go hatch down, get a brew on in warmth and relative comfort, and spaff off to whatever porn they've stashed on their tablet.

I'm too far out now (2012) to be able to comment on formations sizes, etc, but for comparison, on Herrick 11 we deployed with Jackals in the BRF role, and per troop we had about the same number of vehicles as if it had been CVR(T).

I'd imagine attached units / arms, etc won't be much different, albeit there is a slightly lower mechanical support requirement with Jackal than with the ever dying CVR(T), and replen for a Jackal is a hell of a lot easier than replen for, say, Scimitar. (Large capacity fuel tank plus ample carry space for more plus a fuckton of space for extra ammo).
 
#5
Crash Test Dummy is in some ways encapsulating an important point. The real purpose of Light cavalry is to keep cap badges alive in the uncertain hope that one day there will be more real tanks and reconnaissance vehicles in the RAC for these units to operate. You are effectively fulfilling the role of the horsed cavalry in the 1930's except that the next real war is unlikely to last long enough for us to build the necessary new equipment while it is going on for you to re-role in time. You will therefore either be a) a military irrelevance or b) cannon fodder. You may get used for neo-imperial policing in the mean time.
While being in the HCR is not an option I would wish on my worst enemy [other regiments are available], you do need to ask yourself what you want to contribute to the military as well as what you want to get out of it before attempting to select your unit.
 

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Crash Test Dummy is in some ways encapsulating an important point. The real purpose of Light cavalry is to keep cap badges alive in the uncertain hope that one day there will be more real tanks and reconnaissance vehicles in the RAC for these units to operate. You are effectively fulfilling the role of the horsed cavalry in the 1930's except that the next real war is unlikely to last long enough for us to build the necessary new equipment while it is going on for you to re-role in time. You will therefore either be a) a military irrelevance or b) cannon fodder. You may get used for neo-imperial policing in the mean time.
While being in the HCR is not an option I would wish on my worst enemy [other regiments are available], you do need to ask yourself what you want to contribute to the military as well as what you want to get out of it before attempting to select your unit.
Which is very true - if all you want to do is take, take, take, then HCR is the way forward. :D

I remember when a few of us from the same Phase 2 at Bovington caught up and were talking about what we'd done. HCR it seemed, had far surpassed the other Regiments in terms of course opportunities, deployments abroad and general travel, as well as from what I could tell, the chances to get on our teams such as the ski and sailing teams.

I admit readily that HCR is a bit of an anomaly and probably shouldn't exist now, but meh, it was a gravy train whilst I was in, and living in Windsor was frankly brilliant!
 

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