Now- Rifles are made of plastic and aluminum, shoot a .223 caliber bullet that wounds the enemy.
Then- If you smoked, you had an ashtray on your desk.
Then- If you said "damn," people knew you were annoyed and avoided you.
Then- NCO's had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily reports.
Then- We painted pictures of pretty girls on airplanes to remind us of home.
Then- If you got drunk off duty, your buddies would take you back to the barracks to sleep it off.
Then- Canteens were made out of steel. You could heat coffee or hot chocolate in them.
Then- Officers were professional soldiers first. They commanded respect.
Then- If you don't act right, the commander might put you in a cell till you straighten up.
Then- Medals were awarded to heroes who saved lives at the risk of their own.
Then- You slept in a barracks... like a soldier.
Then- You ate in a Mess Hall. It was free and you could have all the food you wanted.
Then- We defeated powerful countries like Germany and Japan.
Then- If you wanted to relax, you went to the Recreation Center, played pool, smoked and drank beer.
Then- If you wanted a beer and conversation you could go to the NCO or Officers Club.
Then- The Post Echange had bargains for GI's who didn't make much money.
Then- If a general wanted to make a presentation he scribbled some notes down and a corporal prepared a bunch of charts.
Then- Victory was declared when the enemy was dead and all his things were broken.
Then- If you killed an enemy soldier, you could bring home his rifle as a trophy.
Then- A commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people.
Then- All you could think of was getting out and becoming a civilian again.
Then- Kids lined up at the door to join the most powerful army just to serve their country.
Then- We called them Japs and Krauts because we didn't like them.
Then- They taught you to aim your rifle and kill your enemy.
Then- If you needed a ribbon, you went to clothing issue, fished one out of a tub full of them and paid 15 cents.
Then- When you called cadence it was about women and drinking to take your mind off the fact that you’re running 8 miles.
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