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White Knights - S1-E4

Factual error: At the beginning of the episode, when Snart steals the keycard from the female soldier in 1986, she is shown to be wearing the U.S. army's Combat Infantryman Badge, a combat award for infantry soldiers. It is not possible for a woman to have that award then, due to the fact that infantry was closed to women at the time.

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6th Jul 2015

The Last Ship (2014)

Unreal City - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: While Lieutenant Granderson is being escorted around the compound and walks to the class she is shown wearing O-3 rank (two silver bars) on her collar, despite never being promoted during the show to this point. Later on in the episode when she is talking to her mother, she is shown wearing O-2 rank (one silver bar) again.

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9th Jun 2015

Jessie (2011)

G.I. Jessie - S2-E26

Factual error: Most of the female soldiers are shown wearing earrings while wearing their tactical uniforms, but earrings are only authorized to be worn in their dress uniforms.

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9th Jun 2015

Jessie (2011)

G.I. Jessie - S2-E26

Character mistake: In the beginning of the pilot episode, Jessie told the cab driver that her father is in the Marine Corps. However, it is shown in this episode that her father is actually a lieutenant colonel in the Army. It's highly unlikely that Jessie wouldn't know what branch of the military her father was in considering how much she spoke about her military upbringing throughout the series.

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14th Mar 2015

Arrow (2012)

Nanda Parbat - S3-E15

Factual error: General Shrieve's rank is on upside down.

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Pattern Seventeen - S16-E9

Revealing mistake: When Amanda and Fin are in Atlanta following up on their rape case they walk past several cars with visible Georgia license plates mounted on the front. Georgia is a rear plate-only state, and wouldn't have had plates mounted on the front of the cars as shown here.

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Factual error: All of the soldiers in the movie are wearing the Battle Dress Uniform, but at the time the movie took place (around the same time as the first Iron Man) that uniform was already phased out and replaced with the Army Combat Uniform. Also, all of the soldiers had their name tags on the left side of the uniform, where the U.S. Army tag is supposed to go, instead of on the right side.

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Factual error: General Ross and Blonsky are shown in their Class A uniforms, and both of them are missing their U.S. insignia on the collars. Also, General Ross is shown wearing the infantry cross rifles branch insignia on his collar, but as a general officer he would not wear a branch insignia. I could give Blonsky a pass since he's a British officer wearing an American dress uniform for reasons not explained onscreen, but Ross should have known much better as a general with decades of service.

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Turmoil - S11-E8

Factual error: When Stabler's son Dickie is trying to join the Army, Dickie's recruiter tells Stabler that he can join at 16 with parental consent. This is incorrect, you have to be at least 17 to join the U.S. Army even with parental consent. Even if you could join at 16, the consent papers that Dickie bought to Stabler at the end of the episode can't be signed without a recruiter or notary public present and signing the papers at the same time. This is to prevent cases where a parent who had a change of heart can claim they didn't sign and to prevent 17-year olds from enlisting without consent by forging their parents' signatures.

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21st Oct 2014

Once Upon a Time (2011)

A Tale of Two Sisters - S4-E1

Continuity mistake: When Elsa is walking down the middle of the street through Storybrooke, she is leaving a trail of ice on the road behind her. Shortly after seeing a wedding dress in a store window she walks towards the store, and the trail of ice behind her is gone.

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Harry & Mindy - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: When Mindy arrives at work she goes into Danny's office and finds him on the floor in his underwear. She closes the door behind her, but a few seconds later the door is wide open again.

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Heavy Is the Head - S2-E2

Factual error: When Lance Hunter is about to be captured by the military at the beginning of the episode, the troops arrive in a convoy of humvees. The humvees all have Virginia license plates on them, but U.S. Military tactical vehicles do not use license plates. Even if we assume they were using Hummer H1s instead of tactical humvees (commonly used as a substitute on TV and in movies when producers can't get military humvees), military-owned non-tactical vehicles do use license plates, but they don't use state license plates as seen here. Instead, they use official U.S. Government license plates like the ones on the Ford sedan Hunter was dropped off from prior to meeting General Talbot.

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23rd Aug 2014

Gravity (2013)

Factual error: When Ryan enters the space station and removes her spacesuit she is shown wearing only a tank top and boy shorts. In reality, according to NASA's official webpage astronauts wear a liquid cooling and ventilation garment and an absorption garment (space diapers) under their suit.

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Factual error: On the Miz's certificate of appreciation hanging on his refrigerator the words "Department of Defence" are visible."Defence" is the British spelling of the word and any US document with that word would have had the US spelling of defense on it.

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24th Feb 2014

Weeds (2005)

The Godmother - S1-E10

Plot hole: If Andy really did enlist into the Army Reserves and "forgot about it" like he claimed his name would have been flagged as a deserter when he was arrested for pot possession in the episode "Lude Awakening." With that, the police would have called the Army and he would have been returned to military control to face desertion charges.

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24th Jan 2014

Enlisted (2013)

Randy Get Your Gun - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: After Derrick reveals to Randy that he cheated for him in basic so he would pass his marksmanship test he smashes his cake, causing some of it to splash on Derrick's uniform. At first frosting is all over Derrick's top but seconds later there is much less of it on him. There wasn't enough time for him to wipe off the frosting between shots.

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Military Justice - S15-E8

Factual error: The episode took a lot of liberties to further the plot when Amelia Albers was arrested by the Coast Guard in ADA Barba's office. While the story mentioned a real controversial military pamphlet on how victims should respond to a sexual assault, at the time the episode took place the military was under a massive investigation over sexual assaults by Washington, was being publicly criticized for a lack of assault victim support, and had a bill going through Congress to make it easier for victims to report their attackers. There is no way any military prosecutor would have been given clearance to charge Amelia with adultery or fraternization while the men she was accused of sleeping with were charged with gang-raping her. Doing so would bring a lot of unwanted bad press as well as a congressional investigation on the Coast Guard that would almost certainly want to know why they are attempting to cover up a rape by charging the victim instead, especially when the rape victim was an admiral's daughter.

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16th Jan 2014

Enlisted (2013)

Pilot - S1-E1

Factual error: While the brothers were fighting with each other they are interrupted by the flag being raised and stopped fighting to salute the flag. The wrong song was playing when the flag was being hoisted. On Army bases Reveille is supposed to play during the raising of the flag but the show had the end of "To the Colors" (what is played when it is being lowered in the evening) playing instead.

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16th Jan 2014

Enlisted (2013)

Trivia: The makers of the show did a pre-screening of the pilot with active duty troops and veterans. The audience spotted so many military errors that Fox did a "spot-the-error" contest so people would write in what was wrong with the show.

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9th Jan 2014

Arrow (2012)

The Scientist - S2-E8

Factual error: There is no way Laurel Lance would have been allowed on the prosecution team for Moira Queen's murder trial. Due to the facts that she used to date the defendant's son, the defendant's daughter used to intern for her, and her boyfriend was one of the people killed in the Glades it would have taken all of two seconds for the court to have her removed if she didn't willingly recuse herself, since her presence would be a major conflict of interest.

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Factual error: Aaron Cross claims he got into the Army because his recruiter lied on his application and added 12 points to his IQ so he would meet the minimum. The problem with that claim is the military does not take your IQ into consideration for enlistment. The military uses the ASVAB to determine academic qualification and it is not a measurement of your IQ. Also, in order to prevent dishonest recruiters from altering test scores recruits are tested in a neutral location and have their scores loaded by a third party.

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2nd Dec 2013

The L Word (2004)

Lesbians Gone Wild - S5-E7

Factual error: Throughout the season there are multiple times where characters in military uniform are shown with major deficiencies in their uniform. It would take too long to point out every single mistake, so the most obvious ones to point out would be when Colonel Davis is wearing her name tag above her unit awards while in her Class A uniform and when Tasha was wearing the Combat Infantryman Badge while in her Army Combat Uniform. The name tag goes below unit awards on the Class A uniform and the Combat Infantryman Badge is only awarded to Soldiers who are in an infantry or Special Forces job, neither of which were open to females at the time this episode took place.

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2nd Dec 2013

The L Word (2004)

Let's Get This Party Started - S5-E4

Factual error: Two military officers arrive at Alice's apartment to question her about her alleged homosexual relationship with Tasha and then start going through her apartment looking for signs of the relationship. In reality this would be highly illegal and out of the authority of the Army, considering Alice is a civilian with no ties to the military. No JAG lawyer worth his salt would even consider ordering something like this due to the fact that it would open the Army up to a very embarrassing lawsuit as well as harassment charges against the officers.

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18th Sep 2013

Street Fighter (1994)

Character mistake: When Guile promises to rescue the hostages while on camera with Bison he makes a point to mention Charlie by name to reassure him that he wasn't forgotten. Anybody who was in charge of a major recovery operation would know better than to mention a specific hostage that isn't already well known to the enemy because he just put a target on that hostage for further abuse. This was promptly shown in the following scene when Bison picked out Charlie to be transformed into a beast as a result of Guile identifying him as a personal friend.

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Plot hole: Ronnie is shown returning to town a few days after leaving for deployment due to being discharged from the National Guard for his anxiety disorder. In reality, being medically discharged could take weeks, if not months depending on how long it takes the Army to make a decision. If the Army suspected he lied about not having anxiety in order to enlist that could add even more time for an investigation and possible criminal charges for fraudulent enlistment.

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20th Feb 2013

Valentine's Day (2010)

Other mistake: While flying home from overseas, Kate is shown wearing earrings while she is wearing her Army Combat Uniform. Soldiers are not authorized to wear earrings while wearing ACUs. I could dismiss this as a character mistake if her character was a private fresh out of basic (I once corrected a real female Soldier who just finished basic that was wearing earrings) but Julia Roberts is a captain in the movie and a captain would have known better.

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13th Feb 2013

Melancholia (2011)

Factual error: The final scene of the movie spectacularly shows planet Melancholia colliding with the Earth, causing the destruction of the planet and everybody dying. The problem is that in reality, tidal forces from Melancholia would have at a minimum caused extreme natural disasters when the planet made its first pass of Earth. When it turned around to come back (another mistake in itself considering powerful gravity forces would have been needed to cause the planet to do a 180 to hit the Earth) entering Melancholia's Roche limit would have destroyed all life on Earth before actual impact and may have torn the Earth itself apart before the actual collision.

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1st Jun 2012

Battleship (2012)

Factual error: How does the main hero Lieutenant Alex Hopper even get into the Navy as an officer in the first place with a felony breaking and entering on his record? You need at least a Secret clearance and a good moral background to commission as an officer, neither of which would be something Alex can get with a felony on his record.

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31st May 2010

Iron Man (2008)

Other mistake: When Tony's convoy was ambushed at the beginning of the movie he was riding in an non-armored HMMWV. Prior to 2007, all vehicles that leave the base are uparmored in Iraq and Afghanistan, under no circumstances do you leave base in a soft vehicle. The Airmen were wearing the Airman Battle Uniform, which was released for use in the Middle East around 2007, so the movie couldn't have taken place prior to that time period. Some people may try to correct this by claiming that the military doesn't have enough uparmored vehicles to go around and they just got the short end of the stick. That is not the case today like it was a few years ago. Even if it was the case, the military wouldn't put a passenger who would be considered a "high value target" to the enemy like Tony at risk for capture or death in a soft vehicle, especially with his knowledge of weapon systems that can be used against the US.

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Continuity mistake: In the closing credits, Sean's father was listed as "Major Boswell." However, it was established early in the movie that he is in the US Navy and Major is not a rank in the Navy. Its Naval equivalent is the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Even so, in the scene when he was in uniform he had Navy Lieutenant rank on (which is the Naval equivalent to an O-3 Captain in the other branches of the US military).

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