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Army puts price tags on equipment

Back in 1951, the U.S. Army was told it needed to cut costs, so it initiated the "cost-consciousness" program. This involved putting price tags on all the equipment, so that the soldiers could see how much everything cost. The theory was that this would make them use the equipment more "wisely and well."

After the program was implemented, one Army Reserve staffer said, "It looks just like a department store here."

There were claims that the program saved the Army millions of dollars. So I wonder what caused it to be shelved?

The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania) - Dec 14, 1951

The Spokesman-Review - Feb 27, 1952

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Nov 12, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Military, 1950's, Armed Forces

Dear 53310761

You might wonder what the hell this song is about, until you hear a certain name mentioned past the halfway mark. Even then, you have to know your pop music history to figure it out.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 17, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Celebrities, Music, 1950's, Armed Forces

Exacto, Its Not Just A Knife Anymore

The Exacto bullet tracks moving targets. The military has been testing it since February.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue May 05, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Design and Designers, Destruction, Armed Forces, Weapons

Operation Ranger and Operation Buster-Jangle

What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Science, Technology, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Documentaries, 1950's

Stop That Tank!

Disney creates terrorist training films! I'm sure al-Qaeda is watching this to learn how to stymie our forces in Afghanistan.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 16, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: PSA's, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Cartoons, 1940's

Nuke-powered Planes


I guess I was too sanguine the other day when I said we'd never have nuclear reactors circling overhead.

Read the article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 05, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, Air Travel and Airlines, Armed Forces

Follies of the Mad Men #151


The French Foreign Legion. Enlistment of criminals. Hot, spartan living conditions. Death by savage natives. Cruel officers. Boredom, disease, fistfights.

Nice home furnishings? Not so much.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 07, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Interior Decorating, 1980's, Armed Forces


This TV theme song and imagery has stuck with me since childhood. It's undeniably powerful still, I think.

But who knew that the armed forces today still do the same thing? Read about the Canadian response to the conviction of a twisted soldier.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 20, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Public Humiliation, Rituals and Superstitions, Television, 1960's, Armed Forces
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