STRYKER BDE any advice

I will be PCSing to the new STRYKER BDE in Ft Polk,LA. Dont know much about these vehicles but I know I will be a squad leader in charge of at least two. Anyone out there have any advice or helpful tips I need to know before I leave please feel free.
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[quote:3f85e1f0d0="sappersfirst"]I will be PCSing to the new STRYKER BDE in Ft Polk,LA. Dont know much about these vehicles but I know I will be a squad leader in charge of at least two. Anyone out there have any advice or helpful tips I need to know before I leave please feel free.[/quote:3f85e1f0d0]

I don't have much advice. I just wanted to comment that I too am PCS'ing to the new Stryker BDE at Polk. My PCS date is 20 October.

Presently, I have been reading doctrine about Stryker BDE's. Also, I have been reading reviews, both pro and con, about Stryker BDE's. The first 12 months will be hectic because the unit will field new equipment.
Well, They got me. I was going to PCS back to Wainwright AK and work at the DOIM, but the 172 SBCT Signal Chief saw my name come up on the USARAK gains and grabbed me. Now I'm Stryker bound as well. Oh well, could be worse. I could have to stay in this God forsaken MI unit!
[quote:dce34f4f53="TenaciousP"]Well, They got me. I was going to PCS back to Wainwright AK and work at the DOIM, but the 172 SBCT Signal Chief saw my name come up on the USARAK gains and grabbed me. Now I'm Stryker bound as well. Oh well, could be worse. I could have to stay in this God forsaken MI unit![/quote:dce34f4f53]

Ahem.... *gets his flogger and chases TenaciousP*
Well I was one of the first 10 signal soldiers in the first stryker unit so if you signal guys have any questions ask away. Part of being one of the first was finding out that the equipment that the 25S were going to be using failed its fielding so now there will not be 25S in any of the other Stryker Brigades. In the 3 years I was there though I did jusy about everything since they had nothing for me. :lol:
I can tell you that the stryker units are authorized and NBC NCO because I am in one. You don't get your own high speed stryker though and you will be lucky to ride in one. I myself am assigned a FMTV with a driver. The strykers look mean and have M2 and MK19 but they are big pieces of crap. At least the ones in FT. Wainwright are. They break and crap out and can't handle the cold. Just know that you probably wont be going on any patrols with the infantry guys so you will be somwhat safe but most likley you will be traveling in the supply convoys so I guess that cancels any safe feelings you may have. Hmmm, they also tend to leave the NBC guys to do their own thing. Mostly because they feel (and I agree a little) that NBC isn't to big of an issue right now. They do listen to me and they do do training but not enough to keep me occupied. I am the movement NCO also so that makes the job a little crapy but it gives me alot to do.

As for the infantry side of it. It makes it alot easier for travel seeing as how you don't have to hump all the crap in your ruck. but for the drivers and vehicle commanders it is alot of BS they are always running to the civilian mech to fix something and always at the MP screwing with the strykers. Good luck, I am starting to ramble to I will sign off.

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