Remember it was better in the Old Days!!!!

Discussion in 'Infantry' started by Tango34, Feb 12, 2003.

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  1. Then and Now

    Then- Rifles were made of wood and steel, shot a 7.62 calibre bullet that killed the enemy.
    Now- Rifles are made of plastic and aluminum, shoot a .22 calibre bullet that wounds the enemy.

    Then- If you smoked, you had an ashtray on your desk.
    Now- If you smoke, you are sent outside and are treated like a leper.

    Then- If you said "danm," people knew you were annoyed and avoided you.
    Now- If you say "danm" you better be talking about a hydroelectric plant.

    Then- NCO's had a typewriter on their desks for doing daily reports.
    Now- Everyone has an Internet computer, and they wonder why no work is getting done.

    Then- We painted pictures of pretty girls on airplanes to remind us of home
    Now- We put the real thing in the cockpit.

    Then- Your girlfriend was at home, praying you would return alive.
    Now- She is in the same foxhole, praying your condom worked.

    Then- If you got drunk off duty, your buddies would take you back to the barracks to sleep it off.
    Now- If you get drunk any time they slap you in rehab and ruin your whole career.

    Then- Canteens were made out of steel. You could heat coffee or hot chocolate in them.
    Now- Canteens are made of plastic. You can't heat anything in them and they always taste like plastic.

    Then- Officers were professional soldiers first. They commanded respect.
    Now- Officers are politicians first. They beg not to be given a wedgie.

    Then- They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it.
    Now- They collect our pee and analyze it.

    Then- If you don't act right, the commander might put you in cells till you straighten up.
    Now- If you don't act right, they start a paper trail that follows you forever.

    Then- Medals were awarded to heroes who saved lives at the risk of their own.
    Now- Medals are awarded to people who show up for work most of the time.

    Then- You slept in a barracks, like a soldier.
    Now- You sleep in a dormitory, like a college kid.

    Then- You ate in a Mess Hall. It was free and you could have all the food you wanted.
    Now- You eat in a dining facility. Every slice of bread or pat of butter costs, and you can only have one.

    Then- We defeated powerful countries like Germany and Japan.
    Now- We can't even beat Iraq or Yugoslavia.

    Then- If you wanted to relax, you went to the Rec. Center, played pool, smoked and drank beer.
    Now- You go to the Community Center and can still play pool.

    Then- If you wanted a beer and conversation you could go to the NCO or Officers Club.
    Now- The beer will cost you £3.75, membership is forced, and someone is watching how much you drink.

    Then- If a general wanted to make a presentation he scribbled some notes down and a corporal prepared a bunch of charts
    Now- The general prepares his own charts, spending hours usnig Power Point.

    Then- We called the enemy things like "Commie Bas***s" and "Reds" because we didn't like them.
    Now- We call the enemy things like "opposing forces" and "aggressors" so we won't offend them.

    Then- Victory was declared when the enemy was dead and all his things were broken.
    Now- Victory is declared when the enemy says he is sorry.

    Then- If you killed an enemy soldier, you could bring home his rifle as a trophy.
    Now- If you bring home anything at all as a trophy you get a court martial.

    Then- A commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people.
    Now- A commander will put his people on the line to protect his butt.

    Then- All you could think of was getting out and becoming a civilian again.
    Now- All you can think of is getting out and becoming a civilian again.
     ??? :p