Private Benjamin

Private Benjamin (1980)

4 corrected entries

Corrected entry: Judy joins the "Thornbirds" military regulations forbid assigning female service members, (Jessica Lynch not withstanding) to forward deployed combat arms units I.E the "Thornbirds." No female has ever been assigned to an airborne infantry unit at the platoon level.

Correction: When it is announced that she is a Thornbird, she even remarks that there aren't any women Thornbirds. Her friend replies "until now."

Corrected entry: When Captain Lewis is in the shower - where Judy put paint in the shower - she looks at herself in the mirror and screams. But she looks in the mirror from a very narrow angle - from the side. Consequently she wouldn't be able to see her own face - but the wall or the window. You have to look in a mirror at close to a straight angle in order to see yourself.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: The mirror was facing towards her - the door was open.

Corrected entry: The length of Private Benjamin's basic training is incorrect. It is mentioned by both Capt. Lewis and Col. Thornbush as six weeks. US Army basic training has always been eight weeks.

Correction: Sorry, that's wrong - in 1977 I spent exactly TWO WEEKS in basic training at Ft. McClellan, AL in the US Army's Civil Acquired Skills Program (CASP>) Those joining my unit after CASP was discontinued spent six weeks.

Corrected entry: Goldie Hawn is addressed as Private Benjamin during basic training. Soldiers do not attain the rank of private until after they complete basic.

Correction: True, but they are still addressed as 'private'.



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At the end of basic training, Judy's platoon goes to the bulletin board to see what their M.O.S. will be. This is not how the U.S. Army operates, you must pass a qualification test for the M.O.S. that you enlist for before you ever enlist. You know before you ever get to basic training what M.O.S. you will be training for, not on the last day of basic training.