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Shazam October 20th, 2014 11:37pm

The Army Vet in me gets incredibly irked when I see a film that has a soldier with his/her uniform just utterly wrong. Is it too much to ask the producers to take a moment, do some homework, and get it right?

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iMatter2 I Used to Love H.E.R.
10/22/14 4:12 pm

As a veteran, I also get bothered by movie scenes depicting military customs incorrectly. However, I have learned that these irregularities are often done purposely because after all, the filmmakers are presenting a fictionalized account of things.

suppressedID anti Gilead
10/22/14 1:45 pm

Hell, I'm only a Cub Scout vet and that annoys me.

MachoMatt84 Climbing Mountains
10/21/14 11:05 pm

I'm pretty vocal about that annoyance too when I see it. It ruins some movies, too.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
10/21/14 9:51 pm

Right with you...and Zod's comment. Authenticity goes right out the window.

davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
10/21/14 4:56 pm

Unless it is a documentary, then it is fiction and I don't expect one aspect to be true to life while the rest of the show is not

USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
10/21/14 3:11 pm

Really irks me to see Navy uniforms overly sloppy.

Vietman manhattan
10/21/14 8:43 am

You do know that military informs in movies are wrong because they have to be by law right?

mc88 Cleveland OSU
10/21/14 3:48 pm

I did not know that.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
10/21/14 9:50 pm

Where is this law? Many movies are done with extensive military support and the unis are spot on. Top Gun and Hunt for Red October being two examples.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
10/22/14 4:09 am

(f) While portraying a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, an actor in a theatrical or motion-picture production may wear the uniform of that armed force if the portrayal does not tend to discredit that armed force.

10/21/14 7:46 am

This is the reason my wife can't watch military movies with me. I spend the whole time saying "that's wrong". Lol

Joshua77 Jesus is Lord
10/21/14 5:35 am

My sister does the same thing. We were watching a movie set in 1911 and she turns to me and says, "the dress that woman is wearing didn't come out until 1914." Theater major with a focus on costume design.

lip massholevania
10/21/14 3:36 am

Hate to burst your bubble, it's against federal law to wear the uniform correctly, unless you are authorized to wear it. That's why you see mistakes by Hollywood. It's intentional.

ScrewU Gone
10/21/14 5:14 am

Lol. The services get a lot of free recruiting out of TV and movies. They can waive their uniform requirements as they wish. Mistakes are just that. Mistakes.

lip massholevania
10/21/14 7:12 am

No it's actual federal law. 10 usc 771, 772.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
10/22/14 4:08 am

(f) While portraying a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, an actor in a theatrical or motion-picture production may wear the uniform of that armed force if the portrayal does not tend to discredit that armed force.

lip massholevania
10/22/14 6:21 am

Thus they make minor errors to insulate themselves from possible litigation.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
10/22/14 7:15 am

The regulation you cite says it is legal. No errors needed.

ScrewU Gone
10/22/14 9:11 am

Why anyone would try to make up facts in the age of the internet is beyond me.

cowboy Dog Father
10/21/14 1:30 am

It's HollyWood. They don't respect the military.

presrvd Phoenix
10/21/14 9:31 pm

Actually, it's policy. They don't want to be accused of "impersonating a soldier". They have to have a certain amount of discrepancies in order to avoid accusation.

presrvd Phoenix
10/21/14 9:35 pm

I shouldn't say "policy". It's more of a guideline. Some producers are afraid of lawsuits. Others are willing to risk it for accuracy. Some are just lazy.

cowboy Dog Father
10/22/14 6:31 am


Iamamerican California
10/20/14 11:35 pm

My hubby is a stickler for that too.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
10/20/14 9:08 pm

Absolutely, yes! I salute my latte at you!

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
10/20/14 8:19 pm

Oh Heck yah! Bugs the crap out if me and I have never worn a uniform. I was just raised on military bases...

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
10/20/14 8:32 pm

That and the ridiculous stereotyping of university students. If going to college looked ANYTHING like that, we would be known as the United Drunk, Illiterate, Oversexed, Smelly Employee Supply of America.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
10/20/14 7:28 pm

It's fantasy. They get everything from most jobs not quite right.

Atheist A sheep amidst wolves
10/20/14 7:22 pm

I think the same thing sometimes and I was only in JROTC. Mainly it's when they have their BDU sleeves rolled up wrong and the inside is showing.

ScrewU Gone
10/21/14 5:15 am

That's how Marines roll up their sleeves.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/20/14 6:23 pm

Not just uniforms. I tried, really wanted, to like the movie Gravity, but by the end I'd lost respect for and hated everyone in it or associated with it. And I almost can't watch anything involving aviation or firearms.

ScrewU Gone
10/21/14 5:17 am

I feel exactly the same way. Can't stand movies that don't even try to get it right. Movies like Platoon show that Hollywood CAN get it right when they want to.

ScrewU Gone
10/21/14 5:18 am

I had a CO who had served there, he used to point out all kinds of little details that were spot on that I'm sure few people even noticed.

DGroot America
10/20/14 6:13 pm

Yep, same here about the military uniforms. And the movie "Flight" was ridiculous.

eLucidate writing
10/20/14 5:55 pm

They almost always get the flag wrong.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
10/20/14 5:29 pm

I understand. I'm the same way with things I'm familiar with.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/20/14 5:11 pm

I feel the same way about movie portrayals of lawyers and courtrooms. I imagine doctors feel the same way about medical scenes. Not the things you just suspend your disbelief for as a concession to the narrative - like throwaway comments that or

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/20/14 5:12 pm

terminology that would be no different to the average viewer if they could've bothered to get it correct. Annoying. I guess the special effects are more important, or something.

sojourner present
10/21/14 5:40 am

I was going to say the same thing. I can't hardly stand watching movies about trials! But Im getting better at letting it go and trying to enjoy the ride in fantasy land.

KatG Liberal in Ohio
10/20/14 4:58 pm

Oh, my hubs gets mad about that, too.

Kay41 the Midwest
10/20/14 4:56 pm

I get it. I get irked when I see teachers portrayed in unrealistic ways.

musiman28 Cotton country
10/20/14 4:43 pm

I understand, and think they should. But it happens to all of us. It's a little different than the military uniform, but just about anytime I hear someone on TV or in a movie talking about how a machine or car works I kinda get irked too.

moonshot More often I know nothing
10/20/14 4:41 pm

I think it's one on purpose. There are laws against wearing a military uniform if not in the military, even if it's only a movie. The uniforms are incorrect on purpose.