tldr Most of Hollywood is too lazy to do the research and 99 of the populace won39t notice anyway. No explanation is offered as to how the dude in Transformers goes from a TSgt E6 to a CMSgt E9 in the span of a year.
I served 24 years in the Army but if someone asked me about Signal Retrans Operations Id be a soup sandwich. That wasnt my field. Biegel seems to agree. I also have seen people who are uniform experts out here in Hollywood who consult on shows who get stuff very wrong he says.
There is an old Cold War era federal law that prevents accuracy in depicting military uniforms in movies and television so that the enemy cant watch a movie and know what the uniforms are supposed to look like. While working as a technical advisor on a set I was informed about this when trying to correct a uniform.
There are times when getting things right is rather difficult however when a film is shot in relatively modern times the reason for uniform screwups is either ignorance or laziness. Its an injustice to the people that actually serve and to a great degree to the actors.
9. Why doesnt the U.S. Air Force have much in the way of uniform traditions like the Army Navy and Marine Corps Somewhere in this picture is a fourstar general. Nope not her. Good guess though. Photo U.S. Air Force Michael J. Pausic The USAF is a relatively young service having been formed from the Army Air Corps after World War II.
The Supreme Court declared that a limitation on wearing uniforms was unconstitutional. Actors were allowed to wear military uniforms as long as they did not discredit the armed force. There is a common myth that the actor is required to create some inaccuracy about the uniform to distinguish it from being authentic but this is not true.
Actors portraying members of the military must wear civilian clothes to and from the location where they will be filmed or photographed When using a uniformed actor in a video project be sure to adhere to all published military appearance regulations.
Nowadays 13 weeks of training is not seen as a ticket to the privilege of wearing the uniform instead the uniform has become commonplace in nonmilitary settings as a ticket for the wearer to get things for free. For today39s troops finding ways to cash in on the uniform isn39t just a job it39s an adventure.
The rumor when it comes to uniform errors is that federal law prohibits civilians from wearing military uniforms so Hollywood changes aspects of the uniform to get around the law. First the law exists but it applies whenever someone fraudulently wears the uniform even if they intentionally get details wrong.
Why can39t TV/film production teams get uniforms right Question. ... It really isn39t too difficult to just look in a uniform manual to get it right just looks lazy. level 2. ... but Ive finally decided to pursue a military career and wish to attend Sandhurst to train to become an Army Officer.
Why can39t Hollywood get military uniforms right By Jeff Schogol. Published November 3 2011 TAKING CHANCE 34Taking Chance34 is an example where Hollywood actually got military uniforms right. COURTESY OF HBO Sometimes The Rumor Doctor can39t shut up.