Women soldiers train in the Israel Defense Forces' Karakal Battalion, Nov. 2010. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/Newscom/File
A cadet of the Women Reserve Officers' Training Corps participates in a bayonet drill at the Army Cadet Command camp in Seongnam, South Korea, on Jan. 19. Women ROTC members were called into South Korea's basic military training for the first time this year. Yonhap, Shin Young-gun/AP
Female Colombian cadets attend a promotion ceremony at an Army school in Bogota on Dec. 6, 2010. Fifty-six female soldiers took part in the first-ever course allowing them to pursue careers as combat officers in the Army. John Vizcaino/Reuters/File
Female naval personnel have a standing training on board the Chinese Navy hospital ship Peace Ark in the South China Sea on Sept. 12, 2010. Zha Chunming/Xinhua/Newscom/File
Soldiers stand during a roll call of German troops of the Franco-German Brigade in Strasbourg, France, on Dec. 10, 2010. Marjan Murat/DPA/Abacapress.com/Newscom/File
Khatol Mohammad Zai, Afghanistan's first female parachutist and general in the Afghan national Army, salutes for the playing of the national anthem during a gathering organized by the Afghan Women's Association in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 21, 2010. Musadeq Sadeq/AP/File
North Korean female soldiers patrol a pathway along the Yalu River, the Chinese-North Korean border river, near Sinuiju, North Korea, on Nov. 28, 2010. Andy Wong/AP/File
Romanian female soldiers prepare for a military parade to celebrate Romania's National Day in central Bucharest on Dec. 1, 2010. Bogdan Cristel/Reuters/File
Air Force Reserve senior airman Alicia Perry and others from the 934th wait to pack supplies for a 120-day deployment to Afghanistan in Minneapolis in Sept. 2010. Jim Gehrz/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT/Newscom/File
US Army General Ann E. Dunwoody, the first woman in US history to wear four stars, walks away after laying a wreath during a ceremony honoring female military veterans at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington on Nov. 11, 2010. Karen Bleier/AFP Photo/Newscom/File
Pentagon upgrades in troops' living quarters sought to ease rigors of persistent conflict, but lax regulations are also producing more high-risk situations for young servicemen and women.
ByAnna Mulrine, Staff writer
US military barracks have come a long way from the Beetle Bailey cartoon days, when troops slept in rows of metal bunks and awoke with "Reveille." Today’s new soldiers are inheritors of living quarters that more closely resemble condominiums.