1945 - NCOs had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily
2000 - 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
2000 - They put the real thing in the cockpit.
1945 - If you got drunk off duty your buddies would take you back
to the barracks to sleep it off.
2000 - 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.
2000 - 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.
2000 - 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
2000 - Officers are politicians first and beg not to be given
1945 - They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it.
2000 - 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.
2000 - 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.
2000 - Medals are awarded to people who work at headquarters.
1945 - You slept in barracks like a soldier.
2000 - 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.
2000 - 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.
2000 - We come up short against Iraq and Yugoslavia.
1945 - If you wanted to relax, you went to the rec center, played
pool, smoked and drank beer.
2000 – 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.
2000 - 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
2000 - You can get better and cheaper merchandise at Wal-Mart.
1945 - We could recognize the enemy by their Nazi helmets.
2000 - We are wearing the Nazi helmets.
1945 - We called the enemy names like "Krauts" and "Japs"
because we didn't like them.
2000 - 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.
2000 - Victory is declared when the enemy says he is sorry.
1945 - A commander would put his butt on the line to protect
2000 - A commander will put his people on the line to protect
1945 - Wars were planned and run by generals with lots of
2000 - Wars are planned by politicians with lots of equivocating.
1945 - We were fighting for freedom, and the country was committed
2000 - We don't know what we're fighting for, and the government
is committed to social programs (used to be called 'socialism').
1945 - All you could think about was getting out and becoming
a civilian again.
2000 - All you can think about is getting out and becoming a