I served as an enlisted club manager in Germany in the mid 1980s. I managed the Officer's Club at Ferris Barracks in Erlangen Germany. During my tenure as club manager the Army decided that O' Clubs would become Officer's and Senior NCO Clubs.
In 1985 the Army decided to eliminate Enlisted Club Manager positions and hire civilians to run the clubs. During the mid-1980s the Armed services started to downplay the role of alcohol in military traditions and service and offered programs to help soldiers kick the habit.
Over the next few years the rising costs of using civilians instead of military managers led to many clubs closing for want of revenue. Also during the 1980s Appropriated fund support of all extra-curricular activity disappeared and any off duty activity had to become self-sufficient or go away. This included clubs, arts and crafts centers, youth activities, etc.
As the Army moved into the 1990s and into the 21st century there was less and less emphasis on these activities and many disappeared. Added to that the fact that fewer soldiers (also in the civilian sector) were consuming alcohol changed the emphasis of remaining clubs from beer halls to community centers offering more and more services for families.
Add to that the banning of in-theater use of alcohol for service members during our recent wars further led to the demise of the Club.
When I was stationed at Camp Casey, Korea in the mid 1990s the Eight Army commander directed that the drinking age be changed to 21 due to so many incidents involving younger soldiers.
It was a sign of the times.
Edited by hardstripe, 29 March 2017 - 04:52 AM.