My Old Man was in the Army between the end of the Korean War and the very very beginnings of rumblings in Vietnam. So, no combat experience. He said being the Army was a piece of cake, including the basic training, etc. He enjoyed all the free food, and used to hoard fruit and candy in his room. He gained weight in the Army...lol. This is a guy that came over from the US at 10 years old broke and starving, so it was like sleepaway camp for him. He was stationed in France, where he convinced his reporting officer or whoever to allow him to drive a dump truck as his main gig. This was typically not allowed for grunts like him, but he was a smooth talker. He was always wheeling and dealing stuff he bought on the cheap in the towns around the base and sold them at high prices in the barracks. He also was a junior loan shark...he would loan out cash to the GIs who blew all their money on booze and French hoooores on Fridays and he would shake them down for a profit the following week. That's how my Old Man served this great country! LOL.