6 newbie boots you wouldn't want in your infantry squad
Hollywood war movies are usually comprised of strong and versatile trope elements like the wise seasoned soldier, the good decision makers, and the flawed protagonist who needs a solid character arch before the credits roll.
There's also the cast of characters that are considered the weaker links, or they're just so naïve audiences sigh with relief when they die off.
So here's our list of newbie boots we wouldn't want taking point on patrol with us.
1. Conrad Vig ("3 Kings")
He's the funny, goofy guy who also talks too much and no one takes him seriously until you get annoyed by his presence.
2. Corporal Upham ("Saving Private Ryan")
He stops himself from saving a fellow brother because his fear got the best of him, but to add insult to injury, he gave up an easy kill shot and let the German soldier off the hook. Unacceptable!
3. Gardner ("Platoon")
We knew this over-weight character was going to perish sooner rather than later — no way his stature meets physical regs. No squad wants the guy who can't hold his own weight — literally — on their team.
4. Norman Ellison ("Fury")
Although this character wasn't meant to be a "tanker", the situation called for it. There's nothing worse for an infantry squad than the guy who refuses to do his job — killing the enemy.
5. Fergus O'Donnell ("Jarhead")
He's the Blue Falcon that managed to burn down a weapons cache when all he had to do is sit and listen to Christmas music.
6. Gomer Pyle ("Full Metal Jacket")
Also known as Leonard Lawrence in the film, Pyle was hated by his fellow recruits and they held an awesome blanket party in his honor.