I was gonna keep my big fat mouth out of this, but thanks to Leadbug and Whatsinname181, I'm gonna chime in: I agree with 'em.
I was in during the mid 80's thru the early 90's.
I remember standing gate check w/ no round chambered. I recall patrols with no magazine inserted.
For the most part, weapons training was a joke. Blanks & Miles gear with very minimal rounds training (mostly for annual quals): "budget" was an oft cited reason.
It seems we were playing to be warriors, but never got the training.
It seems like the officers and brass were embarrassed about the fighting/hands-on aspect of military training. We couldn't get hurt or see blood or be stressed.
It wasn't until I passed recon selection that a whole new world of the military opened up.
I think much of the morale problem of the enlisted is that they get disappointed.
I saw officers and NCO's trying to be politicians rather than leaders.
I'll stop my rant afore I get carried away.