You'd be surprised how stealthy you can get with some decent training in A-veh driving.
I've had some crafty Armoured corps mates sneak up on me a couple of times. I knew an A-veh was in the grid square, but not precisely where until it almost ran me over.
There's also a few different ways of inserting recon troops into an area discreetly without giving the game away too much. We've been using those methods with SASR and other recon teams since Viet Nam.
Let me tell you, some of them are fun, and some are downright scary with fresh, inexperienced crewman.
I was referring more to the use of ASLAVs during ops. By 'during' I mean having armour in support for the length of the operation. I can understand using them for insertion and extraction as this would be the time when a patrol would be likely to be compromised.
I am aware of the use of various methods to insert SAS patrols.
I've always thought of typical SF ops as being short and sharp using speed and precision to compensate for a lack of fire power. But maybe this is just proof of my ignorance.
I know 2CDO are performing conventional ops as well as unconventional ops in Afghanistan at the moment so I can understand the use of ALSAVs during the more conventional ops.
i find it very hard to beleive that SASR would even want to take the average crewman on ops with them if they havnt proven themselves to be able to take on this sort of role.
When I agreed with this I was thinking more of what would happen if the vehicle was disabled during a contact. If the cav boys have to get out and hump it and fight alongside SOTG operators. Whether or not this likely to happen or whether or not it would be a problem I don't know. But fitness and skill issues could arise. Having said that, I'm sure the same could be said for helicopter pilots, etc