Not calling anyone out (we're DTA'd with you guys too and we only have two RU speakers) but rather voicing frustration with the entire idea of language proficency taking a back seat: 35 series included.
... My first unit was the 82nd where I stayed for 5 years. I was in the first Gulf War as a Private right out of basic. That was my first experience with the face of war. I then spent 5 years on an ODA with 7th Group training soldiers in Central and South America.
September of 2001 I went to Selection and made it into a Special Mission Unit. I had one deployment to Afghanistan and 11 to Iraq. I have been a part of 3 mass casualty events, killed or captured thousands of terrorists, been a part of hostage rescue operations, involved in the first battle of Falluja, conducted over 3,ooo combat operations, buried many friends, saved many Host Nation civilians from the brutality of terrorism and protected our way of life.
He has served a distinguished career in U.S. Army Special Operations for over 20 years, retiring in 2011.
He has spent his adult life in Special Operations and Special Mission Units. He is a Master Instructor in all aspects of special activities, missions and operations. He has over 6 years of private special activities consulting and is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in: Special Activities
Limited Signature Operations
High Threat Dignitary Protective Services
Extreme Long Range Designated Marksman
Advanced Precision Rifle Marksmanship
Live Fire CQB/CQC
Advanced Pistol Marksmanship
Advanced Carbine Marksmanship
Aerial Gunnery (Rifles, Shotguns)
Aerial Personnel and Vehicle Interdictions
Mechanical, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching
Freefall Instructor Programs
Infiltration/ Exfiltration Techniques
Unit Pre-Deployment Training
and Research and Development of Soldier Systems: Weapons, Ammunition, Thermal and Night Optics.
He has trained countless U.S. Special Operations forces, thousands of International Tier 1 Operators and Special Forces around the world. He is one of the handful of operators with over a decade of combat having served in multiple theaters from Bosnia and South America to recent war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
To follow up what JJ said- There are FOBs that still have them, but they are more of a legacy/novelty item at this point. I'm 98% sure no one has used them in the last couple years. They aren't what Europeans or Americans would think of as horses, either. By definition(and by height), they are just barely horses- and they would be very skinny and thin legged in western terms as ponies.