1945 verses Today



          1945:       Rifles were made of wood and steel, shot a .30 caliber bullet and killed the enemy in one shot.

          Today:       Rifles are made of plastic and aluminum, shoot a .22 caliber bullet, and wound the enemy, if you can hit them.



          1945:       The winning side used a U.S. made .45 Caliber pistol, The losers used a European 9mm.

          Today:       We use a European 9mm pistol. Nobody uses the .45, and we have been out of ammunition for years.



          1945:       If you smoked, you had an ashtray on your desk.               

          Today:       If you smoke, you are sent outside and are treated like a leper.



          1945:       If you said "damn", people knew you were annoyed and avoided you.

          Today:       If you say "damn" you better be talking about a hydroelectric plant.



          1945:       NCO's had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily reports.

          Today:       Everyone has an internet computer, and they wonder why no work is getting done.



          1945:       We painted pictures of pretty girls on airplanes to remind us of home.

          Today:       We put the real thing in the cockpit – and don’t even think about painting anything on your aircraft and those rocks better look pretty.



          1945:       Your girlfriend was at home, praying you would return alive.

          Today:       She is in the same foxhole, praying your condom worked.



          1945:       If you got drunk off duty, your buddies would take you back to the barracks to sleep it off.

          Today:       If you get drunk any time they slap you in rehab and ruin your whole career.



          1945:       You were taught to aim at your enemy and shoot him.       

          Today:       You spray 500 bullets into the brush, don't hit anything, and retreat because you are out of ammo.



          1945:       Canteens were made out of steel. You could heat coffee or hot chocolate in them.

          Today:       Canteens are made of plastic. You can't heat anything in them and they always taste like plastic.



          1945:       Officers were professional soldiers first. They commanded respect.

          Today:       Officers are politicians first. They beg not to be given a wedgie.



          1945:       They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it.            

          Today:       They collect our pee and analyze it – 5 times a month.       



          1945:       If you don't act right, the commander might put you in the Stockade ‘till you straighten up.

          Today:       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.

          Today:       Medals are awarded to people who show up for work most of the time – even the guys we kick out.



          1945:       You slept in a 50 man open bay barracks with one latrine so clean you could eat off the floor - Like a Soldier!

          Today:       You sleep in a dormitory, like a college kid – tear up a brand new building and wonder why the place looks like hell.



          1945:       You ate in a Mess Hall. It was free and you could have all the food you wanted and nobody was fat.

          Today:       You eat in a dining facility. Every slice of bread or pat of butter costs, you can only have one - and they let over weight civilians enlist.



          1945:       We defeated powerful countries like Germany and Japan, and once in awhile somebody got a medal.

          Today:       We can’t even beat Iraq or Yugoslavia, but everyone comes home a Hero with a chest full of fruit salad.



          1945:       If you wanted to relax, you went to the Rec Center, played pool, smoked and drank beer.

          Today:       You go to the Community Center and can still play pool, if you pay first.



          1945:       If you wanted a beer and conversation you could go to the NCO or Officers Club.

          Today:       Today you can go to the "All Ranks Club", the beer will cost you $3.75 plus tax, membership is forced, someone is watching how much you drink, and the MP’s will give you a ticket the second you walk out the door.



          1945:       You could buy quartermaster gas tax free because it was on a military reservation.

          Today:       AAFES charges you the tax but pockets the money themselves because it is on a military reservation.



          1945:       The BX/PX had bargains for GI's who didn't make much money.

          Today:       You can get better merchandise cheaper at Wal-Mart.      



          1945:       We could recognize the enemy by their Nazi helmets.           

          Today:       We are wearing the Nazi helmets.                                         



          1945:       We called the enemy things like "Krauts" and "Japs" because we didn't like them.

          Today:       We call the enemy things like "opposing forces" and "aggressors" so we don't offend them.



          1945:       Victory was declared when the enemy was dead and all his things were broken, and you could go home.

          Today:       Victory is declared when the enemy says he is sorry, and you stay to police the area for years to come.



          1945:       If you killed an enemy soldier, you could bring home his rifle as a trophy.

          Today:       If you bring home anything at all as a trophy you get a court martial.



          1945:       A commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people.

          Today:       A commander will put his people on the line to protect his butt.



          1945:       After the war, you could buy your own rifle off the government, dirt cheap.

          Today:       You can't be trusted with your own rifle, and you'll be jailed if you ever get one.



          1945:       Wars were planned and run by real Generals with lots of important victories.

          Today:       Wars are planned and run by politicians with lots of important panty raids.



          1945:       We knew we were fighting for freedom. The country was committed to winning.

          Today:       We don't know what we are fighting for. The government is committed to Socialism.



          1945:       All you could think about was getting out and becoming a civilian again.

          Today:       All you can think about is getting out and becoming a civilian again.



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