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* TheWarOnTerror: At the start of the show, Gary is returning from Iraq. Later episodes take place after he and his mates have done a tour of Afghanistan.


* BunnyEarsLawyer: The main characters are goofballs but they occasionally get to demonstrate that they're good soldiers.
* CampStraight. Gary comes across as this through the series. He has a girlfriend but never does anything romantic or intimate with her. Gary's hair is frosted, his tan is fake and he can obsess over clothing. There's no effect on plot or other characters; it's just how Greg Mchugh plays Gary.



* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Zig-zagged, as the show was produced for a Scottish audience but proved to be popular with the rest of the UK. The Scottish characters' pepper Scots into their conversations (particularly "ken", which means "know" or "understand").



* RunningGag: Gary answers his phone with names of businesses; usually he has to explain that it's really him.

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Gary answers his phone with names of businesses; usually he has to explain that it's really him. him.
** Captain Fanshaw can never seem to finish what he's trying to say, usually passing the task onto Sergeant Thomson and running off.


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* VerbalTic: The Scottish frequently say "ken" ("know" or "understand" in Scots) when they want to get a point across.

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* TruthInTelevision: Although the show appears to be MildlyMilitary, soldiers definitely do get up to mischief and take the mickey out of each other in some of the ways shown. Also, any supporting characters who are military are shown to be much more professional than the main cast.

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* TruthInTelevision: Although the show appears to be MildlyMilitary, soldiers definitely do get up to mischief and take the mickey out of each other in some of the ways shown. Also, any most supporting characters who are military are shown to be much more professional than the main cast.


* TruthInTelevision: Although the show appears to be MildlyMilitary, soldiers definitely do get up to mischief and take the mickey out of each other in some of the ways shown. Usually, any supporting characters who are military are shown to be much more professional.

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* TruthInTelevision: Although the show appears to be MildlyMilitary, soldiers definitely do get up to mischief and take the mickey out of each other in some of the ways shown. Usually, Also, any supporting characters who are military are shown to be much more professional.professional than the main cast.


* TruthInTelevision: Although the show appears to be MildlyMilitary, soldiers definitely do get up to mischief and take the mickey out of each other in some of the ways shown. Some of the supporting characters are shown to be professional soldiers, too.

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* TruthInTelevision: Although the show appears to be MildlyMilitary, soldiers definitely do get up to mischief and take the mickey out of each other in some of the ways shown. Some of the Usually, any supporting characters who are military are shown to be professional soldiers, too.much more professional.


* CaliforniaDoubling: The Iraq and Afghanistan scenes were filmed in Scotland.


* TanksButNoTanks: The 'tank' in the first season is an Abbot self-propelled gun.

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* TanksButNoTanks: The 'tank' in the first season is an Abbot self-propelled gun.


* BritishAccents: The majority of the cast are Scottish. The accents may take some getting used to for non UK viewers. Some of Gary's 'interviews' are partly subtitled, which makes Gary's words (if not his thought processes) clearer.
** Captain Fanshaw has an upper class English accent and is possibly a graduate of the Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst). His younger brother is studying at a local university and claims to be Scottish, despite the accent.


* CantHoldHisLiquor: Sergeant Thompson gets drunk at a regimental party, supposedly due to this. Subverted, in while the main characters are all exhausted the next day, Thompson is well enough to get up bright and early for a [[SarcasmMode lovely game of "chemical attack!"]]

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* CantHoldHisLiquor: Sergeant Thompson Thomson gets drunk at a regimental party, supposedly due to this. Subverted, in while the main characters are all exhausted the next day, Thompson is well enough to get up bright and early for a [[SarcasmMode lovely game of "chemical attack!"]]



* TookALevelInJerkass: Sergeant Thompson in the first series behaved in essence as a StraightMan whose biggest flaw was a tendency to brown-nose the Captain, but otherwise he behaved much as a professional soldier who had to command Gary's section would; when he did something genuinely mean, it tended to be because Gary had mucked things up for him first. In the second series, he is a petty tyrant who simply enjoys being mean. A possible in-universe explanation is that the chains of commanding Gary and his men simply broke him.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Sergeant Thompson Thomson in the first series behaved in essence as a StraightMan whose biggest flaw was a tendency to brown-nose the Captain, but otherwise he behaved much as a professional soldier who had to command Gary's section would; when he did something genuinely mean, it tended to be because Gary had mucked things up for him first. In the second series, he is a petty tyrant who simply enjoys being mean. A possible in-universe explanation is that the chains of commanding Gary and his men simply broke him.

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* CantHoldHisLiquor: Sergeant Thompson gets drunk at a regimental party, supposedly due to this. Subverted, in while the main characters are all exhausted the next day, Thompson is well enough to get up bright and early for a [[SarcasmMode lovely game of "chemical attack!"]]


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* TookALevelInJerkass: Sergeant Thompson in the first series behaved in essence as a StraightMan whose biggest flaw was a tendency to brown-nose the Captain, but otherwise he behaved much as a professional soldier who had to command Gary's section would; when he did something genuinely mean, it tended to be because Gary had mucked things up for him first. In the second series, he is a petty tyrant who simply enjoys being mean. A possible in-universe explanation is that the chains of commanding Gary and his men simply broke him.


* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: It's not until episode 5 of the first season that anything resembling a tank appears. (See TanksButNoTanks)

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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: It's not until episode 5 of the first season that Gary commands anything resembling a tank appears.tank. (See TanksButNoTanks)

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Gary and the boys poke fun at the cook in the soldiers mess, pretending to be pretentious and calling him 'Chef'.
** HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Chef's name is Jeff.


* UnfortunateItemMixup: Happens to Gary in 'The Great Debate'.

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* UnfortunateItemMixup: UnfortunateItemSwap: Happens to Gary in 'The Great Debate'.

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* UnfortunateItemMixup: Happens to Gary in 'The Great Debate'.

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