In the 1980 Ft. Bragg scene, portraits of President Reagan and Defense Secretary Weinberger are hanging on the wall. Reagan was elected in 1980, but took office in 1981, and appointed Weinberger soon after.
Norm Pendleton shoots at his fellow soldiers on the courtyard at Ft. Bragg. After each shot, a shell casing drops on the tarmac. During the last shot, Norm stands on a grass patch, where the falling casing would not make a sound.
When Bob awakens in the desert, and runs from the car looking for Lyn, footsteps in the sand show at least one previous take. In the preceding scene, when Bob scans the same area (prior to running from the car), the sand has no footprints.
After they escape captivity, Lyn and Bob chase down Mahmud in the pickup truck. In shots from inside the truck, Mahmud is running in the middle of the road, only veering off at the last moment. All other shots show him running on the side of the road.
In the desert "cooking dinner" scene, in shots facing Lyn, the blue and silver cooler is within grabbing distance of him. In shots facing Bob, the cooler is 6 steps away from Lyn, near the car. Lyn takes 6 steps to and from the cooler in subsequent shots.
Bob Wilton raises his arms to surrender as Todd Nixon and his militiamen capture the soldiers. His t-shirt rises up, exposing his navel and midriff. As they escape from the ambush two scenes later, wearing the same clothes, the t-shirt reaches past his waistline.
Only a general court-martial can give a dishonorable discharge, and only to enlisted personnel. Commissioned officers receive a dismissal from the service, which carries the same penalties and social stigma associated with a dishonorable discharge.
At one point, the New Earth Army is asked to help find General Manuel Noriega. He briefly sought refuge in the Vatican Embassy after the invasion of Panama, but U.S. forces knew he was there. Noriega was never in hiding.
In the opening scene, Brigadier General Hopgood is supposed to be at Ft. Bragg, the home of the 82nd Airborne Division. The unit patch on his left sleeve indicates that he is part of the 2nd Infantry Division, primarily based out of Ft. Lewis, WA and South Korea.
When Bob and Lyn are driving near the beginning of the film, they pass a sign that says "Baghdad" in English, with the Arabic spelling underneath. The Arabic is written left to right in the film, but Arabic reads right to left.