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17 photos that show how great-grandpa got ready for WWI 

By Logan Nye
via the We Are The Mighty web site 

Basic training sucks, but it follows a predictable pattern. A bunch of kids show up, someone shaves their heads, and they learn to shoot rifles.

But it turns out that training can be so, so much better than that. In World War I, it included mascots, tarantulas, and snowmen.

Check out these 18 photos to learn about what it was like to prepare for war 100 years ago:

1. If the old photos in the National Archives are any indication, almost no one made it to a training camp without a train ride.

WeAreTheMighty 2New York recruits heading to training write messages on the sides of their train. (Photo: National Archives and Records Administration) 

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