things have changed. people keep comparing this to the carter years, but i served then. it was depressing and there were cuts that were stupid, but good order did not suffer...well, except for that pot that we all smoked...but that was after hours
we still had good, battle tested, leadership from both Korea and Vietnam.
equipment suffered, training suffered, and numbers were pretty bad. pay sucked a lot.
now we have better pay and spiffy equipment, but we have no leadership. everything at the pentagon has been replaced with PC. we have watched them decimate the command level and there's still no explanation for what has happened to most of those folks. training consists of sensitivity training to deal with the new openly gay policies. discipline is extended to those who break the sensitivity rules. every government agency has millions of rounds of ammo, but there's none for state side training.....
when Reagan had to rebuild the military after carter, at least he had the people to do it. it was a matter of getting the money in for equipment and training. he didn't have to fire the entire upper echelon of the military and start over.
i am afraid this PC crap has gone like a cancer through the military and there is no recovery this time.