5 Ways Army Basic Training Has Changed Over the Past 30 Years

There is no doubt that you had it way worse in basic training than the kids these days. Basic training has evolved so much over the years that you would probably not even recognize it from when you were in the service. Take a look back at how some aspects of initial military training has changed over the past few decades.

A soldier used to be required to fight in all environments

1950: Marines carry a wounded comrade through snow to a cleared airstrip for evacuation during the Korean War. | Keystone/Getty Images

Our military needs to be able to operate at peak performance in any weather condition available. The weather never stopped any training exercise when you were in the military. If it was hot, you drank some water and soldiered on. If it were cold, you would run. But training operations were never called off due to inclement weather.

Next: Training ops are a little more … soft than they used to be.

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