Back when this was new I thought this was one of the better inspirational Military movies made. Now that I have rewatched it again, it does suffer from a case of the 80's.
As long as the movies is focused on Eastwood , it is excellent. When you give the screen to his platoon, they shamelessly ham it up while the script gets a bit silly. Mario van Peebkes is the chief offender here.
Long stretches of excellence slightly mared by occasional outbursts of formulaic 80's nonsense. How this movie managed to avoid having a montage about the soilders shaping up is amazing an a credit to it's makers.