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17th Sep '17 8:43:09 PM PaulA
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* Music/TomLehrer released a song called "It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier", which pokes fun at the military.

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* Music/TomLehrer released a song called "It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier", on the album ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'', which pokes fun at the military.



But, he's going to be a big success\\
He heads his class at OCS\\

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But, But he's going to be a big success\\
He heads his class at OCS\\OCS[[note]]Officer Candidate School[[/note]]\\



*** ([[DontExplainTheJoke "OCS" is Officer Candidate School]]).
2nd Sep '17 7:27:00 AM kyeo
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%%* ''Series/GomerPyleUSMC''

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%%* ''Series/GomerPyleUSMC''* ''Series/GomerPyleUSMC'' featured a [[CountryMouse country]] [[TheDitz bumpkin]] assigned to a Marine platoon, with inevitable hijinks resulting.
13th May '17 7:52:47 AM Rotide
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** In the 8th season, we learn that the Red and Blue armies are actually [[spoiler: used for training simulations, with the soldiers consisting of the lowest-rated troops that think they're fighting a real war.]] When we see other Red and Blue teams, we see that they can be almost as stupid, if not even more so, than the main teams.

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** In the 8th season, season [[note]]Actually the 6th, but the characters ignore TheReveal until Season 8 for whatever reason.[[/note]] , we learn that the Red and Blue armies are actually [[spoiler: used for training simulations, with the soldiers consisting of the lowest-rated troops that think they're fighting a real war.]] When we see other Red and Blue teams, we see that they can be almost as stupid, if not even more so, than the main teams.
30th Apr '17 10:39:54 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/TomLehrer released a song called "It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier", which pokes fun at the military.

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* Creator/TomLehrer Music/TomLehrer released a song called "It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier", which pokes fun at the military.
24th Apr '17 9:39:20 AM isolato
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* Hašek’s classic satire ''The Good Soldier Švejk'' is about the lunatic ineptitude of the Austro-Hungarian Army in UsefulNotes/WW1 seen through the eyes of the cunning soldier Švejk.

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* Hašek’s classic satire ''The ''[[Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk The Good Soldier Švejk'' Švejk]]'' is about the lunatic ineptitude of the Austro-Hungarian Army in UsefulNotes/WW1 seen through the eyes of the cunning soldier Švejk.
8th Apr '17 12:50:16 PM rafi
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* The episodes "War Is The H-Word" and "When Aliens Attack". Indeed, any episode centered on Zapp Brannigan will have some elements of this.

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* ** The episodes "War Is The H-Word" and "When Aliens Attack". Indeed, any episode centered on Zapp Brannigan will have some elements of this.
8th Apr '17 11:42:01 AM StFan
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* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' is a peacetime variant to comic extremes, centering on a military camp located on the US which has somehow managed to remain uninvolved in armed conflict despite numerous wars over the strip's lifetime (Possibly because the Army has figured out that the best way the soldiers in that camp can aid the war effort is to stay as far away from it as possible).



%%* ''ComicStrip/PVTMurphysLaw''
* Bill Mauldin's ''ComicStrip/WillieAndJoe'', published in during WWII, and later collected in ''Up Front'' and ''Back Home''. He made fun of the top brass so well [[ButtMonkey General Patton]] threatened to stop publication of ''Stars and Stripes'', but Eisenhower came to Mauldin's defense due to the comics' morale-boosting effect.
* ''{{ComicBook/Asterix}}'': Roman soldiers are portrayed as a bunch of weak and incompetent losers. And quite a few centurions aren't that better. The army is very lacking in efficiency and organisation, the spirit is that everyone is only out for themselves and everyone treats their job as a chore.

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%%* ''ComicStrip/PVTMurphysLaw''
* Bill Mauldin's ''ComicStrip/WillieAndJoe'', published in during WWII, and later collected in ''Up Front'' and ''Back Home''. He made fun of the top brass so well [[ButtMonkey General Patton]] threatened to stop publication of ''Stars and Stripes'', but Eisenhower came to Mauldin's defense due to the comics' morale-boosting effect.
* ''{{ComicBook/Asterix}}'':
''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': Roman soldiers are portrayed as a bunch of weak and incompetent losers. And quite a few centurions aren't that better. The army is very lacking in efficiency and organisation, the spirit is that everyone is only out for themselves and everyone treats their job as a chore.



* ''ComicStrip/BlueyAndCurley'' was a WWII Australian comic strip featuring two larrikan Australian soldiers: Bluey (who had served in the First AIF), and Curley, a new recruit. At the end of the war, the strip followed the pair as they transitioned back to civvy street, and it gradually stopped being military humour.



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* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' is a peacetime variant to comic extremes, centering on a military camp located on the US which has somehow managed to remain uninvolved in armed conflict despite numerous wars over the strip's lifetime (Possibly because the Army has figured out that the best way the soldiers in that camp can aid the war effort is to stay as far away from it as possible).
%%* ''ComicStrip/PVTMurphysLaw''
* Bill Mauldin's ''ComicStrip/WillieAndJoe'', published in during WWII, and later collected in ''Up Front'' and ''Back Home''. He made fun of the top brass so well [[ButtMonkey General Patton]] threatened to stop publication of ''Stars and Stripes'', but Eisenhower came to Mauldin's defense due to the comics' morale-boosting effect.
* ''ComicStrip/BlueyAndCurley'' was a WWII Australian comic strip featuring two larrikan Australian soldiers: Bluey (who had served in the First AIF), and Curley, a new recruit. At the end of the war, the strip followed the pair as they transitioned back to civvy street, and it gradually stopped being military humour.
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%%* ''InTheArmyNow''

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%%* ''InTheArmyNow''''Film/InTheArmyNow''



* ''Film/PrivateBenjamin'', the subsequent TV series even moreso.
* ''Buck Privates'', starring Creator/AbbottAndCostello.

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* %%* ''Film/PrivateBenjamin'', the subsequent TV series even moreso.
* %%* ''Buck Privates'', starring Creator/AbbottAndCostello.



* ''Film/ZeroMotivation'' is the Israeli take on this trope.

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* %%* ''Film/ZeroMotivation'' is the Israeli take on this trope.



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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' practically ''embodies'' this trope. [[spoiler:It starts getting serious (somewhat) when ''actual'' soldiers start showing up]].
** In the 8th season, we learn that the Red and Blue armies are actually [[spoiler: used for training simulations, with the soldiers consisting of the lowest-rated troops that think they're fighting a real war.]] When we see other Red and Blue teams, we see that they can be almost as stupid, if not even more so, than the main teams.
--->'''Church:''' ''[after the Blue Team is sent a tank that none of them can drive]'' Holy crap, ''who is running this army?!?''
** Season 12 gives us the two sides in the civil war on Chorus, the Federal Army and New Republic. The war has been going on for so long that most of the worthwhile soldiers were already killed. To put it lightly, these guys look up to the Blood Gulch Crew, which tells a lot about their standards. Most of the actual fighting is done by mercenaries, who are in fact working together to kill off the planet's population and steal the alien relics kept within.
* ''Machinima/SpriggsAHalo3Machinima'': Unlike the Reds and Blues above, a lot of the characters are real ''badasses'', but they are stuck in Zambi 7 with nothing to do, and are placed there to rot.
* ''Machinima/CombatDevolved'' Follows this trope to the tee, It has stupid military personnel, asshole military personnel and naive military personnel who spend more time bitching about each other and the Covenant than actually fighting them.
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' practically ''embodies'' this trope. [[spoiler:It starts getting serious (somewhat) when ''actual'' soldiers start showing up]].
** In the 8th season, we learn that the Red and Blue armies are actually [[spoiler: used for training simulations, with the soldiers consisting of the lowest-rated troops that think they're fighting a real war.]] When we see other Red and Blue teams, we see that they can be almost as stupid, if not even more so, than the main teams.
-->'''Church''': (After the Blue Team is sent a tank that none of them can drive) Holy crap, ''who is running this army?!?''
** Season 12 gives us the two sides in the civil war on Chorus, the Federal Army and New Republic. The war has been going on for so long that most of the worthwhile soldiers were already killed. To put it lightly, these guys look up to the Blood Gulch Crew, which tells a lot about their standards. Most of the actual fighting is done by mercenaries, who are in fact working together to kill off the planet's population and steal the alien relics kept within.
* ''SpriggsAHalo3Machinima'' unlike the Reds and Blues above, a lot of the characters are real ''badasses'', but they are stuck in Zambi 7 with nothing to do, and are placed there to rot.



* ''BattyBattalion'' Follows this trope to the tee, It has stupid military personnel, asshole military personnel and naive military personnel who spend more time bitching about each other and the Covenant than actually fighting them.



* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episodes "War Is The H-Word" and "When Aliens Attack". Indeed, any episode centered on Zapp Brannigan will have some elements of this.
** Also "Roswell That Ends Well", with the antics of Private Enos, Fry's grandfather.[[note]]Well, [[MyOwnGrampa not really]][[/note]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episodes "War Is The H-Word" and "When Aliens Attack". Indeed, any episode centered on Zapp Brannigan will have some elements of this.
** Also "Roswell That Ends Well", with the antics of Private Enos, Fry's grandfather.[[note]]Well, [[MyOwnGrampa not really]][[/note]]really]].[[/note]]



8th Apr '17 10:39:08 AM Morgenthaler
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** Season 12 gives us the two sides in the civil war on Chorus, the Federal Army and New Republic. The war has been going on for so long that most of the worthwhile soldiers were already killed. To put it lightly, these guys look up to the Blood Gulch Crew, which tells a lot about their standards. Most of the actual fighting is done by mercenaries, who are in fact working together to kill off the planet's population and steal the alien relics kept within.
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