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Goofs

Continuity 

When Mayo, Worley, and Seeger are doing push ups for talking in the ranks, Worley's helmet disappears, reappears, and changes position. Mayo's helmet flips over.
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Character error 

After walking the wall, Seeger steps in a hole, stumbles, and almost falls down, as she and Mayo jog to the end of the obstacle course.
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When Sid is bragging about Lynnette, he says "best head in 52 states."
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In the marching scene just before the big fight, a lady candidate back row left is out of step.
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Continuity 

Just before the officer candidates take the oath and graduate a recruit announces, "All officers present." The candidates' swords are up on their shoulders but in the next shot the swords are in their scabbards.
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Just before the fight seen between Mayo and Foley, Mayo has red marks on his back probably from previous takes. Then later on in the fight scene the red marks disappear.
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Before Foley and Mayo fight, Foley walks onto the platform and removes his previously untied shoes.
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After Foley pulls Daniels out from the pool, his medal ribbons are missing their devices (little stars etc.). They are present before he jumps into the pool. It's unlikely they would have just fallen off.
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Zack's grip on Foley's arm during the fight scene.
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When Gunny Seargent Foley has Zack Mayo doing push ups in the sand pit, it's noticeable that his forearm sleeves are already wet from getting into a prone position to chew the recruit out, before he actually does it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Sgt Foley has the new recruits lined up and tells them that they will fail, the dolly tracks of the camera are visible. Foley can be seen to carefully step between the rails.
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Errors in geography 

The beginning of the movie is set in Seattle, Washington, but when Zack gets on his motorcycle to leave from his father's house, it is outside the Naval Base in Bremerton, Washington, on the other side of Puget Sound. Seattle does not have a Naval home port.
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Factual errors 

For the entire movie, Gunnery Sergeant Foley is called either "Sir" or "Sergeant". While DIs at OCS are called "Sir" (despite being enlisted), a Gunnery Sergeant is never called just "Sergeant."
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During the graduation ceremony the students are wearing the Service Dress White uniform and the reviewing officers are wearing Service Dress Blues. In reality they would be wearing all the same uniform one way or the other but never different as uniform season requirements are dictated by a senior officer (usually an admiral in control of the Naval region).
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Miscellaneous 

Credits list Paula's last name as Pokrifki. Her parents are listed as Pokrifiki.
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Revealing mistakes 

Tattoo on Mayo's arm appears and disappears from scene to scene, even though short sleeve length of shirt that does or doesn't expose it doesn't vary that much.
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During the factory cafeteria scene where Paula is trying to reach Zack on the phone, a co-worker mentions to Lynette that it's 3:40 PM on a Friday and she's not bragging about their weekend plans. A moment later when Paula runs from the cafeteria to find Zack, the clock on the cafeteria wall reads 12:50PM. Also, many employees appear to be eating lunch.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

During the graduation ceremony, when Gunnery Sergeant Foley reports to the officer and falls out the graduates, he does an about face and steps off with his right foot. This is incorrect, as you always start with the left foot when marching.
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The class, upon receiving their commissions, approach Gunnery Sergeant Foley and present him with a silver dollar, in return for their first salute. When Ensign Seeger receives her salute, Sergeant Foley says "Congratulations Ensign Seeger, Sir". He should have said, "Congratulations Ensign Seeger, Ma'am."
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Continuity 

When Zack and Paula go to the motel to find Sid they knock on the door with no answer. Zack goes to open the door with nothing in his hands. Cut to inside showing Zack and Paula going into the room through the door. Now Zack has a credit card and wallet in his hands indicating he probably jimmied the lock with the credit card to gain access.
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Revealing mistakes 

Zach enters Sid's motel room to see him hanging, naked, in the toilet. Zach runs to cut him loose and grabs him round the waist, and the camera angle reveals the underpants Sid is now wearing.
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