These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
"Well sir, quite frankly, I think you're incompetent to lead this squad."
"...I'm doing the best I can."
"Sir, it's just not good enough."
Ho Yay: Sergeant Espera wonders ifanyone else notices how homoerotic the Marines are. In one DVD commentary, Stark Sands and Evan Wright spend some time discussing how Colbert and Fick gel with each other extremely well, down to their eye contact. Rudy Reyes, who is fully aware of how he comes off to the others, plays into it with Sergeant Patrick at one point, to the amusement of everyone else.
Colbert: Rudy, when are you going to realize you're fucking gay?
Espera even suggests to Lilley that shooting gay porn starring Rudy would be more profitable than trying to shoot footage to compile a documentary of the invasion.
Retroactive Recognition: Castle fans may recognise Jon Huertas (AKA Detective Javier Esposito) as Sergeant Espera. True Blood fans may recognise Alexander Skarsgård (AKA Eric Northman) as Sergeant Colbert.
Colbert's Heroic BSOD when Trombley shoots the "camels"; also a real-life tearjerker for Colbert himself when he saw the injured child, according to the book.
Doc trying to treat and protect the little boy when they start to get overwhelmed by the crowd.
Evan Wright saying goodbye at the end.
All the men in Bravo watching the movie at the end. And all of them walking away at different points when it becomes too hard to bear. Except Trombley.
The Iraqi man who got too close to the checkpoint, which resulted in his daughter's death. When he walks away, cradling her body, in near-silence....damn.
The Woobie: In the miniseries: Fick, whenever he has to deal with his superiors being incompetent. Person near the end after Rudy pounds his face in while triangle choking him as seen at 5:49.
In the book, after First Recon more or less stands down towards the end, Person comes down hard off the ridiculous combat and ephedrine-induced high he was on, and almost loses the ability to speak. Colbert, Garza and Wright all try to figure out what's wrong with him, until they realize he wasn't able to process everything that happened over the last four weeks and is now deep in the throes of (temporary) PTSD.