Photos That Make You Feel Old

At 44, I’m under no illusions that I’m still a young man.  Still, I forget how young I used to be until I see old pictures like these.

This is me in my Army Dress Blues, either late 1988 or early 1989, taken while I was attending the Field Artillery Officers Basic Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  I had yet to receive the "Rainbow Ribbon" for graduting nor attended the Airborne course.

This is me in my Army Dress Blues, either late 1988 or early 1989, taken while I was attending the Field Artillery Officers Basic Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

This is me as a 2nd Lieutenant, taken well after our return to Babenhausen, Germany from Operation Desert Storm in April 1991.  It was several months before the ceremony awarding our Bronze Stars, even though they were dated April 29.

This is me as a 1st Lieutenant, taken well after our return to Babenhausen, Germany from Operation Desert Storm in April 1991. It was several months before the ceremony awarding our Bronze Stars, even though they were dated April 29.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Herb says:

    You look so much like your Dad, man. I have the same problem.

    But my Dad looks like Groucho Marx. It’s not the same thing.

  2. Have a nice G.A. says:

    Nice,the 2nd pic makes you kinda look like the blog czar, READ MY POST!!!:)

  3. sam says:

    If you think those make you feel old, wait until your wife hauls out your wedding photos from 30 years ago like mine did our’s this morning. Man…

  4. Triumph says:

    After seeing those pictures, I can only think of the immortal words of that great American military hero, Sgt. Hulka: “Lighten up, Francis”