Posted on Jun 25, 2017
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SSG Ronald Bloodworth
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The Army was
Still in the process of switching from steel pots to kevlars when I joined. The HMMV hasn't even been invented yet; we still used the M-151 jeep. The M-16 and M-1911, and M-60 machine gun were all in service. There was no such thing as "internet". BDU was the duty uniform; Class A uniforms were green and low quarters required spit shining. US forces were stationed in Europe and other places around the world to deter a soviet invasion. (Yes, the Cold War was real.) Society were the aggressors in Afghanistan and the US government supplied mujah hadeen with stinger missiles and usama bin laden was a recipient of those very weapons. The taliban was compared to the founding fathers after the soviets pulled out and Kabul fell. Saddam Hussein was a U.S. ally with the U.S., Britain, and the soviets arming him to the teeth while Iran& Iraq fought an 8 year long war to a stalemate and then quit.
MRAP was a term that had never been heard yet. Out TTP's were all geared toward open warfare against massive Soviet type formations. The M-1 Abrams was a new weapon system along with some others. Most of what we use today hadn't been fielded yet.
Discipline was more stressed then than now. DADT hadn't even been though up yet, much less, rescinded. The M-72A2 LAW was still used heavily. The AT-4, M-240B, M-9, MK-19, M-249 hadn't been fielded yet.
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CPL Beth Allsop
CPL Beth Allsop
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SSG Ronald Bloodworth you took the words right out of my mouth! Great synopsis!
Things did change when I began my tour at Ft. Stewart, my troops had taken part of no stress basic training, I couldn't understand how the Army was moving forward if you'd never had a Drill SGT beat military discipline into you.
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SGT Frank Pritchett
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I like what you wrote but you left out the preparation for the unexpected IG Inspections.
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CPT Sasmo (Sustainment Automation Support Management Office) Oic
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The biggest change is the inclusion of women in the combat arms, female rangers! I didn't see that coming when I enlisted in the Infantry back in 2007.
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SSG Humint Collector
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Hey I use to love the knees and ankle rotation!!! But I love the bent leg body twist even better. Works like a charm every morning.
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SGT Roberto Mendoza-Diaz
SGT Roberto Mendoza-Diaz
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I used to call that the nieces and uncle rotation because of my heavy accent people would hear just the same.
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