As a film, in a technical sense (acting, directing, editing), it was very respectable, if somewhat mediocre. But as a concept... that is, the premise and understanding of the subject by the writers, the movie was superb. The competing responsibilities toward that of fellow soldiers and that of family is something unique to service members. Two relationships which each has an expectation, by society and by law, of complete fidelity and total commitment... and they are in conflict. There is no easy answer, though the flippant one I often heard was; "If the Army wanted you to have a family, they would have issued you one." I retired at 20 years just after Desert Storm and never had a soldier in a similar situation; only in recent conflicts in which service members are required to deploy repeatedly to combat zones has this become very real and common. Of course, the problem of lost time and disconnect from family has always been difficult, but close, repeated non-accompanied deployments must only make it worse. In a military movie there always has to be, it seems, a psycho sergeant and some combat-event guilt. But within its central theme, this movie does a very good job of portraying the difficulties and the emotions.