I had posted right behind you, but deleted mine.
The attached engineers is a real issue, in my opinion. Will habitual attachments in training extend all the way to a MEU rotation?
Is the Carl G M3A1 as durable as the Mk 153? Is it also that easy to train? Because if so, it definitely briefs as the more capable weapon.
Lobsterclaw, I appreciate your insights, but the value of dedicated MGers is real. The Army doesn't have that, and it shows in the lack of in-depth knowledge in using MGs outside of relatively short-ranged gun truck free-swinging engagements. Lose that MOS, and you will likely lose a significant body of knowledge.
I agree, the 0352s in Javelin Gunner roles seems to be the MOS that could be more easily traded out, but your TOW gunners could not.
All-in-all, a tough decision, but the engineer lash-up will be the critical point moving forward.