I'm constantly disappointed by the media's portrayal of soldiers. It seems that every time the army, or ex-soldiers are portrayed on either film, TV, or books, we are either incompetent gung-ho psycopaths, or haunted men with vast arsenals of weapons which we are only a hairsbreadth from unleashing on an unsuspecting public. What's worse is that people believe this nonsense! Even here on ARRSE I see some posters' who criticise units they have seen portrayed in films on the basis of their actions in these works of fiction. Examples of some of the worst tosh: 28 Days Later, Uncommon Valor, Basic, Rambo (obviously) The Inspector Rebus series of books. Etc...... Why do they continue to reinforce these incorrect stereotypes? If these were portraying a racial minority in this way, they would be banned, but it seems that it's perfectly in order to imply that all soldiers are nutters.