There’s a cliche I’ve noticed more and more lately in movies and TV shows that’s starting to get on my nerves. When a military-type group is in a tough situation, and their commander gives some surprising instruction, the commander invariably has to follow it up with, “That’s an order!”
Now, I’m not a military person - far from it - but I’m willing to bet that such a phrase is rarely if ever actually used. My understanding is that when your commander instructs you to do something, that’s an order. He doesn’t need to clarify whether it’s an order or just an idle whim. Anyway, it’s just starting to irritate me, especially considering how common this little exchange of dialogue is.
Any military people out there want to clarify the situation?