Hi, I think you may be able to offer some insights. I just posted about a possible Marine Pilot/NFO draft this year from USNA. My 1/C son received an email today stating, "your medical record for Marine Pilot/NFO has been updated and you need a waiver." He NEVER indicated Marines or Pilot on his requests (did not attend Leatherneck). He has always killed his PRT's. Is it possible he could be drafted to Marines?
Back in those days, companies didn't have much unique character. I don't ever recall anybody saying anything like, "Boy, I'm sure glad I'm not in 12th company." They were all fairly generic because things were run much more at the Brigade level. Companies did not have much latitude to unilaterally set policy apart from other companies. We all basically had the same privileges and same miseries.
Today, it's seems like they are like mini-fraternities with unique character with drastically different policies. That may be a good thing - I guess. It's neither better or worse, just different.
The notion that a company would have its own patch for sale in the Midstore would have been laughable in my day.