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US Paratroopers riding an Abrams
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 02:04 AM UTC
"Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, ride an M1 Abrams tank after concluding a combined arms live fire exercise near White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Sept. 30, 2015."



How common is this practice nowadays?

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 02:15 AM UTC
"US Marine Corps (USMC) personnel from the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines catch a ride on a USMC M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT), on the streets of Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom". (April 2003)



Related thread :

https://www.quora.com/When-did-soldiers-stop-riding-on-the-backs-of-tanks

H.P.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 02:18 AM UTC
Infanrty motto...

Never walk when you can ride. Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lay down. Never stay awake when you can sleep.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 02:22 AM UTC
"Never run when you can walk, never walk when you can stand, never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lay down, never lay down when you can sleep, and never pass a clean supply of drinking water."


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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 03:04 AM UTC
...and never pass up the chance to take a leak!

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 03:22 AM UTC
That has to be the Dona Ana Range complex, so who’s tanks are those? Not sure where the 3D ACR is anymore, but don’t think they’re on tanks anymore, they’re a Stryker unit.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 03:38 AM UTC
1st Armored Division moved to Ft Bliss, TX in 2011. It is most likely a unit from them. My guees is that 82nd ABN jumped in and linked up w/1st AD to conduct a combined exercise.

3rd ACR moved to Ft Hood, TX in 2006 and reflagged as the 3rd CR (Cavalry Regiment) using Strykers in '11.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 04:07 AM UTC
It’s not a common practice anymore, i saw a video awhile ago that said the 101st rode abrams on the outskirts of Baghdad in the initial push during the invasion. We have doctrine for riding on tanks but to practice it and all that is a major safety issue. It’d take a brigade commander to sign off on it.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 04:52 AM UTC

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It’s not a common practice anymore, i saw a video awhile ago that said the 101st rode abrams on the outskirts of Baghdad in the initial push during the invasion. We have doctrine for riding on tanks but to practice it and all that is a major safety issue. It’d take a brigade commander to sign off on it.



Thanks Greg. I've raised an eyebrow when I saw the photo, I've figured it wasn't a mundane practice.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 07:17 AM UTC

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That has to be the Dona Ana Range complex, so who’s tanks are those? Not sure where the 3D ACR is anymore, but don’t think they’re on tanks anymore, they’re a Stryker unit.



3rd BDE was a Stryker BDE but when 3ACR was moving to Hood they gave them their Strykers and the what was 4th BDE 1AD reflagged as 3rd BDE and they are back to 3 HEAVY BDE's.

And Gino yea the 82nd Jumped in to test drop their new LAV-25's and this is some of the photo's