A good friend sent me this. How true it rings. " MILITARY OLD AND NEW (the old one won wars.) 1945 - NCO's had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily reports. 2016 - 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. 2016 - they put the real thing in the cockpit. & no paintings on airplane. 1945 - your girlfriend was at home praying you would return alive. 2016 - she is in the same trench praying your condom worked. 1945 - if you got drunk off duty your buddies would take you back to the barracks to sleep it off. 2016 - 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. 2016- 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. 2016 - 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 respect. 2016- officers are politicians first and beg not to be given a wedgie. 1945 - they collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it. 2016 - 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. 2016 - 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. 2016 - medals are awarded to people who work at headquarters. 1945 - you slept in barracks like a soldier. 2016 - 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. 2016 - 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. 2016 - we come up short against Iraq and Afghanistan. 1945 - if you wanted to relax, you went to the rec center, played pool, smoked and drank beer. 2016 - 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. 2016 - 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. 2016 - you can get better and cheaper merchandise at Walmart. 1945 - we could recognize the enemy by their Nazi helmets. 2016 - we are wearing the Nazi helmets. 1945 - we called the enemy names like "Krauts" and "Japs" because we didn't like them. 2016 - 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. 2016 - we haven't a clue as to what victory is or what it takes to achieve it. 1945 - a commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people. 2016 - a commander will put his people on the line to protect his butt. 1945 - wars were planned and run by generals who knew how to fight and win. 2016- wars are planned by politicians who haven't a clue about fighting or winning. 1945 - we were fighting for freedom, and the country was committed to winning. 2016 - we don't know what we're fighting for, and the government is committed to social programs and political correctness."