Veterans Share What Infuriates Them Most About Military Movies

In a filmmakers vs. veterans truth skirmish, Hollywood would lose mightily - at least according to current and former military personnel. Military conflicts and the men and women who fight in them are a favorite subject of moviemakers, but Hollywood doesn't always get the facts right, messing up or misrepresenting basic training, uniforms (those berets), the lingo, the salutes, and sniper technique, among many other aspects of military life.

Redditors in the military are not shy about sharing what moviemakers get wrong. Dishonorable discharge for Hollywood.


  • The Total Misuse Of ‘Over And Out’

    From Redditor /u/ExpatlivinginEurope:

    If for any reason you hear anyone talking on the radio and saying "over and out," it's either "over," which means the conversation is ongoing awaiting a response; or "out," which means the sender has ended the conversation.

    Every time I see a halfway decent movie, its ruined when they can't even follow proper military radio procedures. Simple but stupid mistake.

    From Redditor /u/flyingbatbeaver:

    [S]aying "over and out" you're telling someone to respond, but the conversation is over. They contradict each other.

  • Everything About 'The Hurt Locker’

    From Redditor /u/Outlaw0311:

    The entire movie that is The Hurt Locker. I don't have enough time in my day to explain that giant pile of steaming horsesh*t.

    Language. NCOs aren't called "Sir." A female officer isn't called "Sir."... The list goes on and on.

    Saluting without a cover on, indoors.

    Uniforms. Jesus f*ck, look at Google for 10 minutes...

    The Michael Bay Fireball Explosion when a hand grenade detonates - it doesn't look like that.

    From Redditor /u/Full_metal_pants077:

    Everything between the credits of The Hurt Locker.

  • Ignoring That The Middle East Actually Has Paved Roads

    From Redditor /u/gugudan:

    [M]ovies dealing with current conflicts. Hollywood, there are, in fact, paved roads in the Middle East. There are also trees, urban areas, and... water. It also gets surprisingly cold in Iraq.

    Here is a small album of pictures I took in Iraq.

  • Combat Noise That Is Far Too Quiet

    From Redditor /u/PleaseDoNotDoubleDip:

    Firearms are loud. Very, very loud. Like "damaging your hearing, make deaf" loud. You cannot talk normally during or immediately after shooting.

    In Iraq my most vivid memory of my first firefight was how loud it was. It was really painful, actually. M4s, M249s, and a M240B shooting lots of rounds all around me. I literally thought my ears were bleeding and was effectively deaf afterward.