I've been watching your labours on ARRSE. The trouble is, as I see it, that you get the same old commentators with the same old, unchanging views. Soldiers tend, as a rule, to be relatively ill-informed about kit and, at the same time, also tend to be rather conservative. There was, on an earlier thread, enormous resistance to the Mastiff ... now, those that ise it, love it. When - or if - we get a small, mine protected vehicle with good cross-country performance, they will love that as well.
Richard, you are not wrong. I found that out when I joined up, because I was genuinely interested in all things Military I seemed to know much more about the kit (who made it, its stengths and weaknesses) plus what the alternatives were, what other armies were using and so forth. Many of my colleagues had know idea nor any interest.
I found it strange then as I do know. the other thing was that it was almost considered bad form to criticise or even admit that there was something better, plus of course, we always got sh1t kit so we did not expect anything else. On a positive note, I do detect just a small change in this area. I hope its a permanent one and not just a passing phase.