Afghanistan was uncomfortable. Is uncomfortable. It never changed much since the 2001 invasion. Going there was like walking back in time 1000 years, except they have: guns, cars, and cell phones. And although the creature comforts have gotten progressively nicer, they were always contrasted against something better back at home. So what really changed were the expectations. The bitching and griping continued, and would have continued until everyone got their very own Temperpedic mattress and silk bathrobe. There is an old army expression concerning the grunts, commonly referred to as simply “Joe”.