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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.

Photo: The Hurt Locker / Summit Entertainment

  • 1
    217 VOTES

    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.

    217 votes
  • 2
    230 VOTES

    Snipers Who Point Their Barrels Out Windows

    From Redditor /u/ThaGerm1158:

    Snipers don't stick the barrel... out the damn window. Hollywood does it so they can see and film them in a dramatic fashion.

    Exactly the opposite thing you want in actual combat.

    230 votes
  • 3
    208 VOTES

    The Chopper Chats (Talking On A Helicopter Without A Headset Is Pointless)

    From Redditor /u/Mong419:

    The casual conversations on helicopters. Whole mission briefings on the helicopter right before they land. Any talking on a helicopter without a headset.

    Helicopters are loud.

    I crew UH-60s for the Army, and I have to wear two sets of hearing protection at all times while the aircraft is operating. On the occasions where I need to talk to a passenger or someone not on a headset, I have to literally scream right into their ear from point blank range, and they still barely hear me.

    So the calm and quiet conversations I see in movies all the time really ruin my immersion.

    208 votes
  • 4
    229 VOTES

    Soldiers Who Walk Around With Their Finger On A Trigger

    From Redditor /u/Hillbilly_Heaven:

    I never had my finger on the trigger unless I intended to fire, so when I see soldiers in movies just casually walking with their fingers on the trigger, [it] just makes me wince. 


    229 votes
  • 5
    199 VOTES

    When Submarines Use Active Sonar, Which Gives Away Their Location

    From a former Redditor:

    Ex-submariner here. Annoys me [to] no end when they use active sonar.

    Submarines are a stealth platform; last thing you want to do is transmit something that will give away your position.

    In case you're wondering, Das Boot is the best submarine film, and I've seen almost all of them. 

    199 votes
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    207 VOTES

    Grenades That Light Up And Generate Fireballs 

    From Redditor /u/blanchattacks:

    Grenades. They don't light up or create a big ball of fire.

    There is just dust and sharp chunks of metal everywhere, instantly.

    207 votes