Soldiers say the JLTV drives like a dream. Army leaders think that’s a problem

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6 March 2019

The Army’s new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle offers the smoothest ride and the most creature comforts of any tactical vehicle they’ve driven before, soldiers told Task & Purpose. But officials say Army leadership is worried that its next-generation Humvee replacement might be too comfortable.

Visual comparison of Humvee and JLTV it replaces.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland

“For leadership, the ride is so smooth it brings its own concerns,” 1st ABCT spokesman Maj. Pete Bogart told Task & Purpose. “My wife has a brand new Volkswagen Atlas, and it does so much for you, you often forget you’re hurtling down the highway in a several-thousand-pound vehicle.

“Leadership wants soldiers to remember that they’re in a tactical vehicle,” he added, “not a Nissan Altima.”

Several soldiers interviewed by Task & Purpose who have operated the JLTV as part of driver training uniformly praised the vehicle’s relative comfort compared to much-despised Humvee.

“The suspension system is magnificent,” Staff Sgt. Robert Sanders, a signal support systems specialist with the 1st ABCT, told Task & Purpose. “compared to the Humvee, it’s like night and day.”

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