I’m generally the last person to pretend like Hollywood is some big conglomerate with singular objectives, and not the multiple businesses with multiple interests and agendas that it is. There is no one “agenda” and they aren’t trying to push one image or the other as a whole, though it can often seem that way when their politics and/or brands of ignorance seem to blur together.

Still, there are some mistakes that seem to find prevalence across the board in movies and TV shows, probably since most filmmakers grew up watching movies and perpetuate the mistakes that they know, especially in the tactical realm. For example, rifles don’t make noise when you move them from left to right, but for some reason in movies they often sound like the actor is swinging around a hefty bag of chains, because it sounds like “gear.”

When it comes to costume design/wardrobe, I don’t know how many times I’ve rolled my eyes at a TV show or movie—beyond the obvious uniform inconsistencies. It’s so easy to find advice from a veteran that would know what these “Special Ops” guys would wear, and with any effort at all it’s easy to find some special operations veteran so they can grab the information straight from the source. Either way, without this advice, you can sometimes get a decent script that has obviously had help from a veteran, but is tempered by a costume designer that dresses the actors in a way that is painfully obvious that they only have some vague idea of what “military guys would wear.” The quality of the film or show is then significantly lowered in the eyes of any real vets.

Most of the issues I’m about to address may not have been considered issues by older generations, but most films and shows nowadays portray warriors from the GWOT era, so I think this would apply across the board with many modern films.