In 1990, a military action movie about a not-very-well-known special operations unit came out.
Starring Charlie Sheen, Navy SEALs was another attempt by the Navy to attract recruits following the release of Tom Cruise’s Top Gun, which had caused a recruiting boost a few years before.
Written by a former SEAL Team Six operator, the film about the Navy’s special operations troops was full of action and coolness, including direct-action raids, hostage-rescue operations, free-fall parachuting, combat diving from a submarine, and underwater fighting.
Despite its relative success, the film isn’t seen very favorably inside the Naval Special Warfare community. Among Navy SEALs, perceptions of the movie range from a widely inaccurate depiction of life in the SEAL Teams to a black mark on the Naval Special Warfare community’s reputation.