US Army’s JLTV choice is the worst of 2 options for the USMC…


Name the i fighting vehicle that the USMC has thousands of yet never deploys on MEU’s.

Give up?

It MRAPs!  Not because it wouldn’t hold upwards prissy but because they’re unusually bulky, together with every bit they state “cube out” the storage areas of the amphibious ships they’re carried on.  Additionally they only don’t stand upwards for amongst the mission sets that MEU’s volition hold upwards called to perform.

Which adds to my consternation over the JLTV selection.  If the USMC wanted to deploy amongst MRAPs together with then the M-ATV was already available.


The USMC is scheduled to purchase the starting fourth dimension 5500 of these vehicles.  I believe the regard is to larn the trucks into service quickly hence that they tin sack “clear the procurement educate wreck”.

If at that topographic point is nevertheless an ounce of mutual feel at HQMC they’ll cancel this purchase together with pin amount forcefulness to buying the ACV together with upgrading the AAV.

How practise yous solve the final result amongst having to role the HUMVEE?  Easy.  You sole rootage Textron to upgrade them to SCTV standard.  That makes this a win-win.  We larn vehicles that nosotros genuinely postulate together with stand upwards for into our concept of operations sooner rather than adding a logistical headache to our vaunted together with valuable MEUs.

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As things stand upwards this is the worst of ii options for the USMC.  We larn a vehicle that isn’t wanted/needed together with it takes coin away from Marine Corps specific fighting vehicle programs.