All active duty military, Reserve, National Guard, retired military, Department of Defense civilians, government contractors, and dependents of the above (18 years or older) may join B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial).
Becoming a member of B Troop is challenging and very competitive. No riding experience is necessary but applicants must subscribe to high standards of physical fitness, personal conduct, and courage. In addition, successful applicants must demonstrate that they are dedicated to the B Troop mission and have the ability and motivation to spend their off-duty time fulfilling their responsibilities to the unit. Those who successfully complete the Cavalry Riding School are rewarded with one of the most unique experiences in the Army and a lifetime of exciting memories. B Troop has become an icon for Fort Huachuca and we are always looking for the highest quality recruits to represent our community and our Army heritage.
Troopers spend between 10 and 20 hours a week outside of duty hours fulfilling their obligations. Troopers are responsible for the proper care of their uniforms and equipment, as well as the care and training of their assigned mounts. Horses are kept in their pens Tuesday night through Friday night. Feeding times are 0600-0900 and 1600-1800 daily and are strictly adhered to. From Friday night until Tuesday night the horses are kept in the pasture and fed by a single designated trooper. Troop muster is held on Wednesday nights from 1700 until about 2100. Troop commitments may occur during duty hours or on weekends. It is essential that a trooper’s work supervisor be willing to give him time to attend most of these events and this commitment must be made in writing prior to the beginning of training. Troopers are expected to work with their horse at least three times per week to keep the horse exercised and conditioned. Troopers are also expected to resolve training issues with their horses, tend to their injuries, and make repairs to their pens as required.
Each recruit is required to meet standards of knowledge and riding proficiency before becoming a trooper. The training program consists of three phases. During Phase 1, recruits learn basic stable management procedures and the fundamentals of military riding - balance, control, and the military seat. At the end of this phase students take an oral test on basic horse knowledge and a riding proficiency test. In Phase 2, Troop recruits learn intermediate level military riding, to include mounted drill, weapons handling, and mounted charges, while Ladies Auxiliary recruits learn sidesaddle riding techniques. Recruits take another test at the end of this phase. If successful, they become members of the Troop or Ladies Auxiliary. Troopers are assigned a horse, uniforms and equipment to care for, and are permitted to participate in parades and ceremonies. Troopers continue on with Phase 3 training, and are taught basic cavalry tactics, precision riding, and the use of weapons (saber, pistol and carbine) from the horse.