No need to apologise @paddyplanty. As I say I think there is a strong possibility my original objective might only exist in my head.
Thats not too far from the mark actually.
I'll have another go at clarification. When I was at Combat Polytechnic (Dettingen Company) our Platoon Commander had a show reel of things he'd culled from popular films that were intended to make us think about Leadership. The only thing that I can remember from it was the sequence introducing 'Lootenant Dan' in Forrest Gump. I suppose if there is an ideal outcome for this thread we would have a sequence of things that you could show to a recruit that would demonstrate that for one thing he doesn't need to (and sometimes won't be able to) move like something out of a kung fu movie to still be contributing.
ETA Mundane but important as @Red Hander says.
Doesn't part of the famous archive film of the Panther tank in front of Koln cathedral have a bloke (looks like an old civvy in long dark coat) wandering across the street oblivious to US MG fire, you see a tracer go past before he looks over and makes with the legs.
If I get what you're after... war, unlike war films, people act different. You don't have a line of bullet spurts coming towards you - that's for cinematic narrative. In reality you may hear and feel them passing or even be unaware of them.
Funnily enough I remember staring at the ground in front of me once back from Afghanistan.
I've told people one of the best war film clips I've seen is from 'Three Kings' (1999) where there's an Iraqi on top of a berm and a guy asks 'shallI shoot him?' and another guy is complaining about having something in his eye. Just the absurd situations - funny and tragic at the same time.