Soldier Girls (1981)

Synopsis:
A platoon of young women undergo harsh basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

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Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this fascinating, disturbing documentary by Nick Broomfield and Joan Church “should be shown in all high schools before army recruiters start handing out brochures about computer jobs and expenses-paid Hawaiian vacation.” Indeed, basic training is shown to be such bleak torture that it’s hard to imagine anyone choosing a life in the army after watching this film. The most disturbing sequences show certain “uncooperative” recruits being mercilessly hazed by their superiors — though it’s hard to feel sorry for one woman who fakes incompetence in order to get herself kicked out.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • The “mini-lesson” on biting off the heads of chickens
  • The female soldiers hanging loose in their barracks together

Must See?
Yes, for its revealing inside look at bootcamp.

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