A study commissioned by Got Your 6 revealed that the general public currently reports seeing only extreme depictions of veterans—as either heroic or broken—on film and television. These portrayals significantly influence public perception of veterans overall, yet are not representative of the actual veteran population. As a result, 6 Certified was established to encourage more normalized depictions of veterans on film and television.
To be 6 Certified a film must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans. It must also make and fulfill at least one 6 Certified Actions. Any film that meets these requirements may be submitted to the 6 Certified Review Committee.
The committee, made up of experts from the entertainment industry and the veteran community, will consider the manner in which each film portrays veteran, military, or military family characters. 6 Certified films must portray veterans accurately and responsibly—meaning that, in the opinion of the committee, content creators did not drastically exaggerate veteran character traits or effects of military service. The committee will also consider the steps taken by filmmakers to embrace and research veteran culture during the creative process.