randy, the acronym now a days is LMGAS (Lightweight-Magazine fed-Gas operated-Air cooled-Shoulder fired...), pretty much the same rifle. I also have "forward assist" issues - I remember asking myself why in the world do I need this thing for? Came to find out why sooner than I thought.
dr_cmg, rant on brother! Your experiences/what you say today, may mean the difference of me coming home in the future - so tell it like it is, the M16 is a piece of junk if you don't keep it clean. Equipment procurement decisions are always out of hands of the guys who should make the decisions (our pay grade), so don't feel guilty, you couldn't do anything else.