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R. Lee Ermey only retired Marine to be promoted thanks to "Full Metal Jacket" performance: Do the U.S. Armed Forces take enough advantage of entertainment portrayals to get new recruits?

R. Lee Ermey only retired Marine to be promoted thanks to "Full Metal Jacket" performance: Do the U.S. Armed Forces take enough advantage of entertainment portrayals to get new recruits?
  • Yes, The U.S. Armed Forces does an excellent job of taking advantage of entertainment portrayals to get new recruits.

    With all the thousands of movies, video games, and other forms of entertainment that glorify military service, the U.S. Armed Forces is working effectively to take advantage of these to get new recruits. That even R. Lee Ermey was promoted thanks to his performance in "Full Metal Jacket" is a testimony of this.

  • Yes, the Armed Forces are right in focusing on the reality, rather than the glorification, of military life.

    Movie depictions of battle are, to say the least, unrealistic. More often than not the actors, directors, and producers have never seen active military engagement. Alluring young men and women through entertainment portrayals would be dishonest and manipulative, and in the context of military service, it would put the lives of recruits in grave danger.

  • The Armed Forces are right in focusing on the reality, rather than the glorification, of military life

    Movie depictions of battle are, to say the least, unrealistic. More often than not the actors, directors, and producers have never seen active military engagement. Alluring young men and women through entertainment portrayals would be dishonest and manipulative, and in the context of military service, it would put the lives of recruits in grave danger.

  • No, entertainment as a recruiting tool is less common in recent years.

    No, in the modern era the U.S. Armed Forces do not use entertainment portrayals as much as they used to for a recruiting tool. My thoughts are that while in decades past there was a back-and-forth exchange between the Armed Forces and Hollywood that was mutually beneficial to both institutions, it feels like there has been a distancing between the military and the entertainment industry when it comes to cross-promotional opportunities. It's possible that the military is being more careful in choosing which cinema moments to throw itself behind, or that Hollywood senses America's war weariness and is a little more guarded about serious combat films. Either way, I sense a cautiousness on both sides that wasn't there at the height of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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