I’ve mentioned before that the Stryker, though not specified to carry a spare tire, has been spotted from time to time with one tossed aboard. Here’s a couple of pictures from Wednesday’s Frontline Photos showing Stryker soldiers from 1-5 INF clearing the wreckage from a car bomb on Tuesday (or Monday…the pics seem to be of the same thing but the captions disagree on the day):
Not sure if this is a case of troops just doing what they think needs to be done regardless of instructions or if the instructions have been changed. Since virtually all pics of Strykers show them without spares, I’m thinking it’s the former. Another possibility would be that a flat was replaced in the field after a spare was run out from the base, and the damaged tire was tossed aboard to be carried back.
Marine LAV’s usually carry at least one spare, but the expeditionary nature of the Marine Corps usually means they’re left to take care of themselves. Big Green usually has a pretty significant logistics tail supplying spare parts and such, so the need to actually carry stuff with all the time isn’t quite so great.