SOME THINGS CHANGE, SOME STAY THE SAMEâ¦. Iâm an old fart who did his NS in group 54/06 and spent most of his time in Berlin holding back the Mongolian hordes. Technically it was active service because we expected the Russkies to move in on us at any moment but of course it never happened. Apart from boring duties like guarding Spandau Gaol and patrolling the border of the sector we had a whale of a time soaking up the night life of Berlin which was still in 1930s mode. This was before the Wall and so we had access to the Russian Sector as well. Donât worry, Iâll not go on about the old days unless someone asks a question. The thing that has brought me to this site is the sheer novelty of an avenue whereby a serving soldier can actually speak his/her mind. Probably a good job we didnât have the same opportunity in those days. To give you an idea, a sure ticket home was to leave a copy of the Daily Worker on view in your bed spaceâ¦.. [DW was the official UK paper for the Communist Party] What intrigues me is that so many things have changed but I detect other things that havenât. Your equipment is of course totally different, we were still using WW2 17pdrs. [Thatâs the reason why I posted in Gunners, I was A/Tank right through my service] However, I watch with sorrow those lads in Afghanistan riding round in soft skin LRs and short of logistic support and I have to reflect that some things never change. So if any of you are interested in finding out what the similarities/differences are, Iâd be pleased to respond. One thing that might trigger you off. I read things like the Deepcut report and itâs like another world. Our training was hard but in two years I never saw a single instance of bullying or harassment. Something seems to have changed, and perhaps not for the better.