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Once upon a time I seem to recall @Infanteer arguing that Recce wasn't an organization. It was, along with ISTAR, a task to which any infantry or armoured unit could be assigned. Perhaps we should now argue to include Special Forces in the mix.
Zulu Impi or Canadian Brigade Group.
Reconnaissance has many facets.
You don’t need to waste SOF on limited Mud RECCE - but low vis work or SR missions are definitely on that SOF domain.
SOF also aren’t the go to for a lot of conventional RECCE jobs.
No one size (or unit) structure will work for all conflicts.
Don’t get to affixed around the Artillery, we don’t have enough, and the Air Force tend to enjoy the idea of being really expensive Arty these days.The Horns. The Head. The Body. The Body coalesces around the Artillery these days, together with follow on forces.
3 Combined Arms Bn and a Cav SqnThe Horns and the Head conform to the Two Up One Back advance. with the Horns probing and the Head screening the Body.
Perhaps it is more important to have 4 separate manoeuver elements, 4 separate command structures, that can switch from probe to screen to defend to attack than it is to have 4 specialist organizations.
Canada is too light in tanks - and again doesn’t have a heavy cannon or ATGM on the IFV/CFV — nor a SP Mortar, which kind of help with Cav work.
Again - the issue comes that Canada is not sure what it wants to be.As to this:
The Royal Irish seem to be now in the business of supplying the Air Assault Brigade a "Patrols" Battalion - A Light Strike Recce Battalion.
So an infantry battalion performing a cavalry function in the same way the airborne Patrols company used to do for the Parachute Battalions.
16 Air Assault Brigade - 4 manoeuvre elements - 2x Abn Infantry (Horns), 1x Air Assault Infantry (Head), 1x Light Strike Recce Bn with 1x Close Support Arty Regiment (Body). Add Pathfinders as Scouts working ahead of the Horns.
Is it a Light BDE, is it a Med BDE? Is it a Heavy BDE.
I’d suggest that given it doesn’t even know what it really wants it’s BDE to be, that makes it significantly hard to tailor the Cav forces.