Thanks so much, Mr Philips for this "keeping it real" poem.
In my opinion; the Army was sanitized after the Korean War.
Most of the regular army troopers I knew, fit this description, and were not "pretty boys, choirboys, ladies pets or whiners".
Many were not well educated and well mannered, but they could "soldier" and were proud of their soldiering skills.
Many were soldiers because they could not qualify, or tolerate a regular job and live on their own, without some direction and discipline. Many would have been serving time in prison, if not for the Army.
Many of those in prison now, would not be there, if they had been encouraged and directed into the Army, as in the "old days". The Army was their life and their home. I knew some who had not been off the post for 6 months or more; and their explanation was, I want to stay out of the stockade or jail.
If the Army hadn't sanitized its enlistment criteria, we would have some regulars, to replace all these Army Reserves and National Guard troops, who hold civilian jobs, are missing promotions, who thought they were only serving for 6 months and now are told, oh no; its going to be a year in Iraq, which increases your mortality rate. WE stiil have more than 30,000 troops in Korea, thousands in Bosnia, Okinawa, Germany which could be sent as replacements in Iraq.
Just a thought. Lloyd