If you’re fond of playing war-themed video games, you probably have played Call of Duty (There have been enough versions to cover most everyone on the planet at this point) i. It is a first-person shooter (FPS) game published by Activision, released in 2003. It’s easy to get hooked and immersed in the game, imagining yourself as this badass character doing badass things in the middle of the battle zone, all while on the couch. Sad to say, and I think people who have served in a combat role in the military will agree that the Call of Duty (CoD) is far from the military. To erase misperceptions about military life, here are some reasons why CoD is different:

You Can’t Customize Your Loadout Much 

You can’t embellish and bedazzle your M24 SWS with diamonds, nor can you attach an adorable charm to it. In fact, soldiers are not allowed to personalize their weapons as they are government propertyy. Of course, this does not strictly apply to those assigned to Special Operations units.  

You can’t choose your outfit, either

The military has a standardized uniform, this is so our own troops can recognize each other in the field. The better not to shoot at your own side. Generally speaking, you can’t just kit up in the Cool-Guy gear you bought online. Once again, this rule does not strictly apply to guys in Special Operations units.  During Vietnam, certain Green Berets and SEALs wore Levi’s jeans into the field because they were considered more durable than the OD green combat uniform was.  No one dared tell them to do otherwise.

Care packages are really just care packages

Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Leslie Orand and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Denique Glenn, assigned to Naval Station Mayport Security Military Working Dog Unit, prepare holiday care packages for two of their deployed service members and their dogs in Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leah Stiles (RELEASED)

In the game, care packages are delivered once you reach the number of a required killstreak. If you’re lucky, it might even contain an XS1 Goliath, which is a manually-piloted mechanized suit with tough armor and a machine gun on the side. In reality, these packages include necessities like flip-flops, lip balms, socks, or snacks like salsa, candies, and cookies. And you get them back at the FOB, not in the middle of a firefight.