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oldcoastie1
03-04-2016, 09:32 AM
MILITARY OLD AND NEW

1945 - NCO's had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily reports.
2016 - everyone has internet access and a computer, and they wonder why no work is getting done.

1945 - we painted pictures of girls on airplanes to remind us of home.
2016 - they put the real thing in the cockpit.

1945 - your girlfriend was at home praying you would return alive.
2016 - she is in the same trench praying your condom worked.

1945 - if you got drunk off duty your buddies would take you back to the barracks to sleep it off.
2016 - if you get drunk they slap you in rehab and ruin your career.

1945 - you were taught to aim at your enemy and shoot him.
2016- you spray 500 bullets into the brush, don't hit anything, and retreat because you're out of ammo.

1945 - canteens were made of steel, and you could heat coffee or hot chocolate in them.
2016 - canteens are made of plastic, you can't heat anything in them, and they always taste like plastic.

1945 - officers were professional soldiers first and they commanded respect.
2016- officers are politicians first and beg not to be given a wedgie.

1945 - they collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it.
2016 - they collect your pee and analyze it.

1945 - if you didn't act right, the Sergeant Major put you in the brig until you straightened up.
2016 - if you don't act right, they start a paper trail that follows you forever.

1945 - medals were awarded to heroes who saved lives at the risk of their own.
2016 - medals are awarded to people who work at headquarters.

1945 - you slept in barracks like a soldier.
2016 - you sleep in a dormitory like a college kid.

1945 - you ate in a mess hall, which was free, and you could have all the food you wanted.
2016 - you eat in a dining facility, every slice of bread or pad of butter costs, and you better not take too much.

1945 - we defeated powerful countries like Germany and Japan.
2016 - we come up short against Iraq and Afghanistan.

1945 - if you wanted to relax, you went to the rec center, played pool, smoked and drank beer.
2016 - you go to the community center, and you can play pool.

1945 - if you wanted beer and conversation you went to the NCO or Officers' Club.
2016 - the beer will cost you $2.75, membership is forced, and someone is watching how much you drink.

1945 - the Exchange had bargains for soldiers who didn't make much money.
2016 - you can get better and cheaper merchandise at Walmart.

1945 - we could recognize the enemy by their Nazi helmets.
2016 - we are wearing the Nazi helmets.

1945 - we called the enemy names like "Krauts" and "Japs" because we didn't like them.
2016 - we call the enemy the "opposing force" or "aggressor" because we don't want to offend them.

1945 - victory was declared when the enemy was defeated and all his things were broken.
2016 Ė we havenít a clue as to what victory is or what it takes to achieve it.

1945 - a commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people.
2016 - a commander will put his people on the line to protect his butt.

1945 - wars were planned and run by generals who knew how to fight and win.
2016- wars are planned by politicians who havenít a clue about fighting or winning.

1945 - we were fighting for freedom, and the country was committed to winning.
2016 - we don't know what we're fighting for, and the government is committed to social programs and political correctness.

1945 - all you could think about was getting out and becoming a civilian again.
2016 - all you can think about is getting out and becoming a civilian again.

Crazed Java
03-04-2016, 10:24 AM
One thing that bugs me are medals.

I was reading the memoirs of some general when he made the jump from Colonel to Brigadier General and as soon as his promotion was official he received a number of medals AUTOMATICALLY just for making a flag rank. Then when he served at the Pentagon he received yet another medal for working at the Pentagon. I forget what they were but they sound very serious such as the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and these damn things have precedence over valor awards like the Silver Star.

What's doubly ironic is reading the comments and recollections of many senior officers from WWII (non-Generals but Majors to Colonel) who would make fun of the French and Russians for handing out medals and awards for just about anything.

oldcoastie1
03-04-2016, 01:10 PM
Most medals mean nothing any more. It's truly sad. :blue: