Thank you so much for the Welcome Home!!
Sorry I’m only checking in just now. I’ve been trying to get my internet up and running all week.
E-Sabbath, they’re really nothing like a tank at all. Hell, they’re not even Infantry Fighting Vehicles, they’re simply Infantry Carrying Vehicles. It would make more sense to compare them to MRAPs or Hummers than to tanks or Bradleys.
As far as that goes… I would put them somewhere between the MRAP and the Hummer with MRAPs at the top. At least for patroling the cities and urban areas of Iraq, anyway.
In an MRAP, everyone can see what’s happening outside of the vehicle. In a Stryker, most guys inside don’t know what they’re dismounting into until they step off the ramp. I like them a lot more for other reasons as well, but FWIW, I’ve never actually worked with an MRAP, I just was inside one once. LOL. So maybe it’s a “grass is greener” thing. But I doubt it.
Anyway, thanks again everyone!! Being back in Europe is great!!! I’m renting a Mercedes right now while I await the arrival of my new Chrysler 300C. I’ve only been on the country roads this week, but I’ll hit the autobahn next week. It’s great to be back home. The freedom to just get in a car and drive is the greatest. And Bavaria has some of the nicest scenary to drive through!