All that's change in my opinion is society. We want things to be hard. We want to be let loose with training etc. The marines attracts a sort of person with traits that were the same 50 years ago. Hence why most bootnecks will have a slightly old fashioned view on things in comparison to civvy counterparts. However to say training is easier or softer now, however true that may be I dont know. But when I went through not so long ago, I saw nods get thrashed til they cried and whimpered. I saw other nods in the field get kicked in the head for safety infringements. There may be rules on camp, but get in the field things can and do get brutal at times. It still is a mans world and that's the environment I wanted to work in. If anything about that puts you off, is it for you? Training will never be easy. End of.