During the scene where Brigg and Lantry are talking at the bar a young David Bowie can be very briefly glimpsed being escorted away by the barman. Despite auditioning and getting into the film, Bowie can only be seen briefly in this shot in the finished film.
The picture had a movie poster and promotional materials featuring a completely naked male soldier running and carrying just a rifle with a small tattoo of the Union Jack flag tattooed on one of his buttock's cheeks. Some posters toned this down to having the soldier wearing Union Jack underpants.
Third and final of three movies that actresses Lynn Redgrave and Lady Redgrave Rachel Kempson both worked on. The films include Tom Jones (1963), Georgy Girl (1966) and The Virgin Soldiers (1969). Publicity for the latter, the third film made, stated it was "their first professional appearance together, playing appropriately enough, mother and daughter".
This comic military movie and another war-comedy, America's MASH (1970), which was released about a year after, both featured soldiers in Asia on a two year national service, Malaya in this film, and in Korea in MASH (1970).
The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by Leslie Thomas had been first published in 1966. Thomas did not write the screenplay for this film but he did for its sequel Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977).
According to the February 1970 edition of "Movie News" magazine (Australia), "Each separate location in Malaya was heavily guarded by the local police. They were particularly concerned about the rifles used in the film which were carefully checked in and out each night at the local jail. An official explained: "There are still outbreaks on the Northern borders and we take every precaution against it spreading". In fact, producers Leslie Gilliat and Ned Sherrin had to personally vouch for the gunpowder required for one scene".
"The Virgin Soldiers" (1966) was the first novel written by author Leslie Thomas. It spawned two sequels, "Onward Virgin Soldiers" (1971) and "Stand Up Virgin Soldiers" (1975), the latter being the name of this movie's one and only sequel Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977).