1945 - NCOs had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily reports. 2005- 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. 2005 - Do it now and see what happens
1945 - If you got drunk off duty your buddies would take you back to the dorms to sleep it off. 2005 - 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. 2005 - 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. 2005 - Canteens are made of plastic, you can't heat anything in them, and they always taste like plastic.
1945 - They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it. 2005 - They collect your pee and analyze it.
1945 - If you didn't act right, the First Sergeant put you in the brig until you straightened up. 2005 - 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. 2005 - Medals are awarded to people who work at headquarters.
1945 - You slept in barracks like a soldier. 2005 - 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. 2005 - 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. 2005 - We fight ideological wars with no specific enemies like the war on drugs and the war on terrorism, with no victory in sight.
1945 - If you wanted beer and conversation you went to the NCO or Officer's Club. 2005 - The beer will cost you $3.50, membership is forced, and someone is watching how much you drink.
1945 - The Exchange had bargains for soldiers who didn't make much money. 2005 - You can get better and cheaper merchandise at Wal-Mart and K-Mart.
1945 - We called the enemy names like "Krauts" and "Japs" because we didn't like them. 2005 - We call the enemy the "opposing force" or "aggressor" because we don't want to offend them.
1945 - Wars were planned and run by generals with lots of important victories. 2005 - Wars are planned by politicians with lots of equivocating.
1945 - All you could think about was getting out and becoming a civilian, again. 2005 - All you can think about is getting out and becoming a civilian, again.