Lesson 1/ Learning Event 2
These vehicles are made for one reason only - to fight the enemy. These vehicles usually have
armor and heavy guns.
Most combat vehicles use tracks instead of wheels. You will have no trouble recognizing a combat
vehicle because it is specially made for fighting and not for hauling cargo or personnel.
TYPES OF TACTICAL WHEELED VEHICLES
There are three kinds of tactical vehicles:
General purpose vehicles
General purpose vehicles are made to haul all sorts of things, such as ammunition, equipment,
rations, and troops. They also tow trailers and artillery. All of these different jobs can be done
without modifying or changing the vehicle.
You may sometimes see a general purpose vehicle that has a machine gun mounted on it, and
maybe special steel plates (called armor) have been added; but its job is not to fight, but to haul: It
is still a general purpose vehicle.
Special equipment vehicles
These vehicles have a general purpose chassis with special equipment mounted. The frame, wheels,
axles, and so on are the same as on a general purpose vehicle, but the cargo body has been replaced
with something else. Some special equipment vehicles are water-tank trucks, gasoline-tank trucks,
and dump trucks. Remember, a special equipment vehicle has the same chassis as a general purpose
vehicle; only the body has been changed.