To be clear (from my end):
I'm not saying the US should have a good template. Or that they should get a special template. All I'm saying is that the game mechanic (you get a free crappy template for light tanks when the tech is unlocked) isn't working for the US because the gateway techs are already acquired, but no template has light tanks in them. It's army XP they have to burn that another country with the same set up wouldn't have to burn, and it seems like an oversight.