|These pathos scenes are thus characterized by a number of central, recurring motifs. .
The first includes all rituals of transition that bring someone out of a daily, civilian community and integrate them into the new community of the troop.
Second, within this transition, cleaving the community into masculine and feminine often plays a major role. This is conveyed cinematically as the experience of separation.
Third, real biological reproduction is replaced by the abstract principle of asexual propagation, portrayed by the immediate substitution of lost members of this community
Fourth, the military community is portrayed as a purely paternal structure. This is staged on the one hand via variations of father figures, on the other hand by reminders of the heroes, founders, and father figures who gave their lives for the community.
Fifth and final, the established military community is characterized in particular by the fact that the images of quotidian moments of military life mirror, in their character constellations, the domestic structures of civilian life