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Got this little gem from a mate of mine on our Regt Chat Site.......

Im sure there are alot of Arrser's who can relate. (apart from the argie bit in 79!)

Here goes :D

I joined in 1979
I finished regular service in 2003.

Here are a few thoughts on the changes.... feel free to add to them.

1979 - NCOs had a typewriter at his desk for doing daily reports
2003 – Everyone has an internet access computer, and they wonder why work in getting done.

1979 – You were taught to aim your rifle at the enemy and shoot him.
2003 – You spray 500 bullets into the bush, don’t hit anything and retreat because you are out of ammo.

1979 – Officers were professional soldiers first and then they commanded respect.
2003 – Officers are politicians first and beg not to be given a wedgie.

1979 – They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it.
2003 – They collect your pee and analyse it.

1979 – If you didn’t act right the Sergeant Major put you in the corner house until you straightened up.
2003 – If you don’t act right a paper trial follows you for ever.

1979 – Medals were awarded to heroes who saved lives at the risk of their own.
2003 – Medals are awarded to the people who work in HQs

1979 – You ate in a dining room where the food was free and you could eat as much as you wanted.
2003 – You now eat in a Regimental Restaurant, every slice of bread or pad of butter costs so you better not each too much.

1979 – We defeated powerful countries like Argentina.
2003 - We come up short against Iraq and Yugoslavia.

1979 – We stood up against powerful opposition like the Warsaw Pact.
2003 - We collapsed under cabinet opposition on gay rights.

1979 – We called our enemies Spick or Ivan because we didn’t like them.
2003 - We call our enemy “Opposing Force” or “Aggressor” because we don’t want to upset or offend them.

1979 – Victory was declared when the enemy was defeated and all his things were broken.
2003 – Victory is declared when the enemy says sorry.

1979 – A Commander would put his ass on the line to protect his people.
2003 – A commander will put his people on the line to protect his ass.

1979 - All you could think about was getting out and beco**** a civilian again.
2003 - All you could think about was getting out and beco**** a civilian again

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