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A Squadron is a medium weight, armour reconnaissance squadron that provides timely and accurate information to its higher headquarters and commanders. A sub-unit of The Royal Canadian Dragoons, A Squadron also fills the role of the Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron for 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
A Squadron is comprised of three armour reconnaissance troops, an administrative troop and a headquarters troop. Its 120 members are physically and mentally fit, flexible and adaptable to wide variety of tasks ranging from full scale combat, to peace support operations and domestic aid to civil authorities. Capable of mounted and dismounted operations, A Squadron operates with the latest dismount equipment and is transitioning from legacy Coyote reconnaissance and LAV 3 armour vehicles to the newest Tactical Armour Patrol Vehicle and, in the near future, the LAV 6.0 equipped with a long range reconnaissance suite.
Previously a cavalry squadron, A Squadron converted to reconnaissance in 2003. The squadron has deployed multiple times to Bosnia and Afghanistan as a formed sub-unit, and continues to supply individual augmentation to missions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and around the globe. Currently, A Squadron is completing its high readiness cycle and is the Canadian Army’s deployable reconnaissance squadron.