We had to install some of those KC lights with the smiley faces on our brads to soften the look a little bit.
I was getting nervous that the Army was going to phase out the BFV (Bradley Fighting Vehicle) when they started to field the Stryker around 2003-2004. I had two tanks and two BFVs in my platoon and I was involved in some pretty intense urban fighting. Heavy armored vehicles are invaluable in urban settings. They are great for breaching buildings, eliminating snipers, and for drawing fire. I loved the hell out of my BFV.
As much as I would love to see a bigger and better replacement for the Bradley, I didn't experience any major shortcomings in combat.
Former Infantryman, "where the meat meets the metal", OIF II Platoon Leader, 2/A/2-2 IN/3 BDE/1 ID