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Posted: 6/26/2001 3:21:47 PM EST
1945 - NCOs had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily reports. 2001 - Everyone has an Internet access computer, and they wonder why no work is getting done. 1945 - We painted pictures of girls on airplanes to remind us of home. 2001 - We painted pictures of girls on airplanes but they made us take them off. 1945 - If you got drunk off duty your buddies would take you back to the barracks to sleep it off. 2001 - 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. 2001 - You spray 500 bullets into the bush, 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. 2001 - Canteens are made of plastic, you can't heat anything in them, and the water always taste like plastic. 1945 - Officers were professional soldiers first and they commanded respect. 2001 - Officers are politicians first and beg not to be given a tough assignment. 1945 - They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it. 2001 - 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. 2001 - 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. 2001 - Medals are awarded to people who work at headquarters. 1945 - You slept in barracks like a soldier. 2001 - 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. 2001 - You eat in a dining facility, every slice of bread & pat of butter costs, & you better not take too much. 1945 - We defeated powerful countries like Germany and Japan. 2001 - We come up short against Iraq and Yugoslavia. 1945 - If you wanted beer and conversation you went to the NCO or Officers' Club. 2001 - 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. 2001 - You can get better and cheaper merchandise at Wal-Mart. 1945 - We could recognize the enemy by their Nazi helmets. 2001 - We are wearing helmets that look just like theirs. 1945 - We called the enemy names like "Krauts" and "Japs" because we didn't like them. 2001 - 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. 2001 - victory is declared when the enemy says he is sorry. 1945 - A commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people. 2001 - A commander will put his people on the line to protect his butt. 1945 - Wars were planned and run by generals with lots of important victories. 2001 - Wars are planned by politicians with lots of equivocating. 1945 - All you could think about was getting out and becoming a civilian again. 2001 - All you can think about was getting out and becoming a civilian again.
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 4:09:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/26/2001 4:07:50 PM EST by gardenWeasel]
Then: Conscientious objectors were accused of being traitors by true patriots. Now :Conscientious objectors consider themselves to be the true patriots, and accuse those who serve of being traitors.
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 4:30:05 PM EST
In 1945, you grew up respecting your elders. In 2001, they grow up respecting nothing.
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 4:43:15 PM EST
1945- Being on the USMC or Army shooting teams was a great honor. Shooters were reveared. 2001- Being on the USMC or Army shooting teams will destroy an officers career, and limit an enlisted's. Shooters are reviled.
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