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Infantry Arrival Tactics: A Comparison Between the Stryker and the Paratrooper

Infantry Arrival Tactics
A Comparison Between the Stryker and the Paratrooper

By: @Chris Farley

There are many ways an Infantry unit may arrive at the battlefield. Two specific methods could include Airborne Infantry operations and Stryker Infantry operations. Although both can be effective, they offer different offensive platforms, defensive platforms, and a different means to carry the combat infantryman to and throughout the area of operations.

The Stryker mobile fighting vehicle offers several heavy weapon systems for offense, including the fifty-caliber machine gun as well as anti-tank missiles. The highest caliber weapon an airborne infantryman would carry is an M240B machine gun which shoots 7.62mm bullets. Just one fifty-caliber machine gun could pin down an entire platoon while it may take two or even three M240s to get that job done.

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The Stryker mobile fighting vehicle​

Defensively, the Stryker offers a great deal of protection behind slats that are fabricated of steel bars that are spaced 2.5 inches apart. It is constructed from steel that can protect against 14.5mm rounds to the front and 7.62mm all around.

The Airborne Infantryman’s defense would be to use the closest cover and concealment. Being on foot and without the steel cover of a Stryker, it is up to the individual to determine his best defensive course of action and act swiftly to find such cover and concealment.

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Paratroopers exiting an aircraft​

Lastly, the Stryker is a mobile vehicle that goes up to 60 mph. Inside it houses an entire Infantry squad which consists of nine personnel. From Canada, it was designed to bring the Infantry squad to the edge of the battlefield quickly and safely.

The Airborne Infantryman arrives at the scene via parachute, having exited a plethora of different styles of aircraft. Airborne operations would deliver anywhere from a Battalion to a Division-sized element while the Stryker usually is employed at the Company level.

There are pros and cons to both avenues of approach, but both methods can and do effectively deliver the fighting force to the enemy.
 

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You younger guys are soft. I jumped from a C-119 Fairchild Boxcar. Take my word for it when I say no one had to tell you twice to go, the noise of the engines was so deafening it should have been banned. 56 years ago, damn. It reminds me of my first school bus in 53, a black Chevrolet windowless black van, two wooden benches for us to sit on. When you turned a corner you would slide all the way to the end of the bench. My bus driver's name was Mrs Misser, she had a black mustache, no kidding.
 

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You younger guys are soft. I jumped from a C-119 Fairchild Boxcar. Take my word for it when I say no one had to tell you twice to go, the noise of the engines was so deafening it should have been banned. 56 years ago, damn. It reminds me of my first school bus in 53, a black Chevrolet windowless black van, two wooden benches for us to sit on. When you turned a corner you would slide all the way to the end of the bench. My bus driver's name was Mrs Misser, she had a black mustache, no kidding.
That’s a good story. One time I was stood up and hooked up, ready to jump. Winds were too high, so we had to racetrack. On the turn, something happened with the electrical inside the aircraft and a fire started up by the cockpit. Needless to say, we all got pushed out the next pass.
 
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