Lt. O’Neil (Demi Moore) has been recruited as the first female SEAL/CRT trainee through a series of backroom political maneuvers, and must prove her staying power against formidable odds. Not the least of these is the tyrannical Master Chief Urgayle (Viggo Mortensen) whose job is to put the recruits through hell to ensure that those who finish the program are tough and well-prepared enough to succeed when they face real-world challenges.

Kevin Gage plays Instructor Max Pyro, who works closely with Urgayle (Viggo Mortensen) in the SEAL/CRT training program. Pyro is noted for his melodious bellow, a zest for pushing trainees to the limits, an almost sadistic laugh, and his willingness to question Urgayle when he feels he is going too far in his “interrogation” of Lieutenant O’Neil (Demi Moore).

Gage was encouraged to ad lib much of the abusive dialogue and had a good time haranguing the recruits as “cupcakes” or “worm sperm.”