I didn't mean to name a bunch of films, rather just one. And the guy that made the film has a bad rep in this forum by several. Michael Moore. He made the point that many of the soldiers in the military are there for financial reasons and that the our country had kinda sold them out. He was in awe of their sacrifice that so many of better opportunity would not make. Just sayin.
When I worked at a community college, young boys (close to BABIES for the love of god!) would come in all done up in their dress uniforms - they were usually Marines, but not always - and do the whole "you can have a 4-year education if you sign on with us" thing. Damn, they were pretty - hand-picked, partly, for that reason i'd guess. They were too sincere, too young, and much too un-scarred to know they were spewing BS. And, as the mother of a son who was less than a handful of years younger at the time, I couldn't bring myself to be hard on them.
We gathered some older students who'd done the "military in exchange for school" thing - so they did
know. Each time the pretty boys came we set up a booth right near them, manned by these GI Bill students, to explain to anyone who would listen what the truth was. They were not there to discourage anyone who was truly interested in a military career, and they made that clear. They just want to offer some realities to those who were too desperate, too gullible, or just too unworldly to understand they were being sold
- and they'd better check out what they were actually getting for the price they'd pay. A basic cost/benefit analysis. It was an effective strategy, sometimes.
It's amazing to me how good the Marines are at polishing these kids up. One of my son's friends did sign up. He went away to basic pudgy, pimpled and shy, and came back looking like someone out of central casting. But, serious mental health issues ran in his family. He broke before he'd ever left US soil, up and left without going though any channels where his reasons may have been discovered, and refused to go back. There was drama and a dishonorable discharge.
He is now about to turn 25, lives in a shabby little one-room with a tiny kitchen. Sold his furniture and musical instruments (his dream had been to be part of the Marine band, but he could not, or would not, understand that raw talent wasn't going to get him there) for food and drugs - and now collects SSI which he spends on porn, drugs when he can get them, and lives on junk food.
It's easy to say "dumb-assed kid" and there is some truth to that. but i have known this boy, literally, his entire life. his mother and I were in birth classes together and our sons were born less than a week apart. When i see him, i'm torn between grief, and gratitude that it wasn't my son. And, for that, I also feel some guilt.
The truth is, he'd likely have ended up the same, or close to it, with or without the help of the Marine Corps. But I look at him and see the sweet baby he was, and the movie-star gorgeous man in uniform who existed for less than six months. The current reality is something I could never have imagined.
BTW - I like Moore's films. I don't like Moore himself much, but I think what he does is important. I'll check out the film you mentioned.