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Two misguided youths join the reserves to make some money for their entrepreneurial dreams. No sooner than they finish basic training are they called up to do their part to save the free world.

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Bones and Jack are two guys with very little going right in their lives. The two decide to join the Army as part of the water purification team and eventually find themselves on the front lines in the conflict between the northern African countries of Chad and Libya. The two men, along with a few companions, have it upon themselves to save the day in combat, something they know little about. Written by Anonymous

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Sleep tight, America! The safety of the free world rests in his hands!

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Rated PG for some war action, mild language and comic sensuality | See all certifications »

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The video game Bones is playing in the opening sequence is "Return Fire" for the 3DO. See more »

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Bones is offered a promotion to Private First Class (PFC/E3) as an incentive to continue doing his job well. This is incorrect for a number of reasons: Enlisted men in the US Army are not "promoted" until they reach the rank of Sergeant (SGT/E5). Changes in rank from the pay grade of Private (PVT/E1) through Specialist (SPC/E4) are treated as "advancements" since the rank does not convey additional responsibility, only additional pay and seniority. All advancements in rank from E1 to E4 are automatic after a certain amount of time in the Army, whereas promotion to SGT requires additional training (the Primary Leadership Development Course, at the time of filming) and selection by a promotion board. Also, Bones, Jack, Christine, and Fred all graduated from water purification training at the same time, so presumably they have all been in the Army for the same amount of time. As a result, they would all advance to PFC at the same time. The one likely exception would be Fred who mentions that he is a dental student. Dental school is a graduate level school, which means Fred already has a Bachelor's Degree. Anyone who enlists in the US Army who has already earned a Bachelor's Degree would start their enlistment as a SPC (E4). Even if he had not completed his Bachelor's Fred would probably have enough college credit to begin his enlistment as a PFC. Either way, Fred would have very likely been the senior ranking Soldier in the group. Finally, purified water in the Army must meet certain requirements, none of which include taste. US Army water purification units have neither requirement, nor the equipment to improve the taste of their water. See more »

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Bones: Oh yeah, "Its not a job, it's an adventure."
Richard Day, Recruiting Sergeant: No, that's the Navy.
Bones: "The few and the proud?"
Richard Day, Recruiting Sergeant: No, that's the Marines.
Bones: "Keep going, going and gone?"
Jack: No, that's the Energizer Bunny.
Richard Day, Recruiting Sergeant: Gentlemen, we're "Be all you can be"
Bones: In the Arrrmy!
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Being All That They Can Be?
26 April 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although there's a lot of people who don't like Pauly Shore, apparently you either love him or hate him, I have to say that I found this film quite amusing. It takes me back to my younger days when I was a weekend warrior. The group I hung out with I'm afraid, all people who were trying to get out of the real army and Vietnam joined the reserves as I did. We were about as military a group as Pauly Shore, Andy Dick, and David Alan Grier. Back then though we were not side by side with Lori Petty. The Army in its infinite wisdom knew better than to activate our crowd for Vietnam.

But that's not what happens here. Pauly Shore and Andy Dick are a pair of misfits in civilian life and find they have a cash flow problem. That extra money for attending those Army Reserve drills sounds pretty enticing so they decide to be all that they can be on the weekends and two weeks in the summer.

But Libya and Chad go to war and like the Iraqi Desert Storm, the reserves are called up for a United Nations multi-national force. Actually Libya and Chad did have border conflicts for many years with the French attacking as protectors for Chad. Pauly, Andy, and their new friends David Alan Grier and Lori Petty are in the Sahara Desert as part of a water purification team, water boys as they're derisively called by those in the real army.

In The Army Now revives all the basic service comedy situations going all the way back to Abbott&Costello in Buck Privates. Especially in the training sequences. Pauly Shore and Andy Dick probably grew up on Bud&Lou, but they do the routines with a Generation X twist.

I liked the film and thanked God I was not in the situations that Pauly and the rest were in.


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