excellent post indeed!
I'm still puzzled on why I should take the normal rifleman squads. When do I use them? Why do I want them? I always take the ATGM and AA squads with me. But stopped using the rifleman squads.
There is no great reason, only being the amount of soldiers in squad when against squads with lesser men.
The problem in game is that it is designed around tanks, not around infantry and that's why game mechanism is broken.
Infantry is too easy to spot from cover, too easy to kill from cover and not effective enough against vehicles as they should be.
Why to spend money and time to INF when you can even buy almost with same price a cheap tanks what have better possibility to kill INF than INF itself?
Having INF in deck is still a "must" for emergency situations because very cheap prices (15p) to stop small and weak (MG or HMG only) against unprotected CV. But if there is a MBT against INF, not even forest can protect INF enough. Just a single good RC (like somekind IFV) and INF is nearly useless against it.
In game INF is nearly only for cannon food, to be eaten. Fights between INF are nices if or when they happens. Everything is just around tanks. Game is almost only about tanks vs helicopters.
Some people say it is worth to spend 15-30p for infantry what takes down a helicopter or a armored vehicle. Not so much. As far can not be fought without infantry. Modern warfare is still about infantry. MBT's are being replaced by IFV and it only matters how quickly infantry can be deployed on field and get to defensive positions.
Infantry should be cheap? No, infantry squad should be most expensive and versatile unit in the game.
How much nation spends time and money to educate people from child to adult? How much money and time it takes to gear up and train infantry squad?
You can always rebuild, repair or reuse vehicles even after total destruction. It is just matter. But life of a soldier is more valuable than any vehicle.
It isn't just about pilots from whom is said that they are more valuable than planes what they fly. Same thing is with every infantry.
Without soldiers, you have nothing with what to defend or hold your land.
Infantry should be most powerful and most expensive units at field.