Fort Lewis, Wash. – Soldiers with 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division will conduct a “Spur Ride” on Aug. 20 and 21.
Although modern Army cavalry units drive tanks, armored vehicles, or helicopters into combat, U.S. cavalry soldiers still vie for a chance to “earn their spurs”- a tradition that heralds back to this country’s earliest, horse-mounted, cavalry units.
The 2-1 Cavalry Battalion’s spur ride will include water survival training, a “stress shoot” (which tests a Soldier’s abilities to fight while in stressful situations), and a 12-mile road march.
Soldiers will also be tested on unit knowledge and cavalry history and tradition, weapons, marksmanship, land navigation, and radio communication skills, and an Army physical fitness test will be administered.
The award of an armor Soldiers’ spurs is considered the culmination of their induction into the American Cavalry. Soldiers who successfully complete their spur ride will be awarded their honorary spurs in a ceremony immediately following the road march.