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21st Jul '16 5:31:43 PM t209
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* ''Jericho'', in a rare in-universe example. U.S. Marines come to help rebuild and resupply the town. A former Army Ranger notices details that are wrong; one calls an NCO 'sir', they say 'hooah' (Army) rather than 'oorah' (Marines). They are simply civilians wearing uniforms and using the town's resources.

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* ''Jericho'', ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', in a rare in-universe example. U.S. Marines come to help rebuild and resupply the town. A former Army Ranger notices details that are wrong; one calls an NCO 'sir', they say 'hooah' (Army) rather than 'oorah' (Marines). They are simply civilians wearing uniforms and using the town's resources.
18th Jul '16 12:13:45 AM Erpegis
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* Failing to distinguish between different branches of the military (e.g., using "army" to refer to any military unit [[although]]some countries with small navies or air forces place them under the control of armed forces, usually translated as army.[[/although]]), or mixing and matching different military branch ranks into one service (e.g., sergeants in the Navy or admirals in the Army).

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* Failing to distinguish between different branches of the military (e.g., using "army" to refer to any military unit [[although]]some countries with small navies or air forces place them under the control of armed forces, usually translated as army.[[/although]]), unit, or mixing and matching different military branch ranks into one service (e.g., sergeants in the Navy or admirals in the Army).Army).
** Though it really happens in many countries which have no separate Navy armed forces or Air Force. No need to create separate ranks for the pilot and comander of your three planes...
18th Jul '16 12:11:32 AM Erpegis
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* Failing to distinguish between different branches of the military (e.g., using "army" to refer to any military unit.), or mixing and matching different military branch ranks into one service (e.g., sergeants in the Navy or admirals in the Army).

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* Failing to distinguish between different branches of the military (e.g., using "army" to refer to any military unit.), unit [[although]]some countries with small navies or air forces place them under the control of armed forces, usually translated as army.[[/although]]), or mixing and matching different military branch ranks into one service (e.g., sergeants in the Navy or admirals in the Army).
5th Jul '16 5:42:25 AM Bissek
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* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' has Ross legally justifying his obsessive manhunt for Banner by claiming that he's trying to bring him in for the murder of some people who were killed during the Hulk's initial rampages. Unfortunately, the Posse Comitatus Act makes it illegal for the US military to enforce the laws of the states unless specifically authorized to do so by an Act of Congress or an Executive Order. So Ross' attempt to make his actions legal should have gotten him two years in prison (Plus whatever the court-martial tacks on to his sentence for misappropriation of military resources, sending an unauthorized commando mission into a friendly country which has had an active extradition treaty with the US for ''forty years'' to capture a fugitive instead of using standard channels and any of the death and destruction brought about by the manhunt that he would be considered responsible for).

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* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' has Ross legally justifying his obsessive manhunt for Banner by claiming that he's trying to bring him in for the murder of some people who were killed during the Hulk's initial rampages. Unfortunately, the Posse Comitatus Act (Which has been on the books since the 1870s, so he's got no excuse for not knowing about it) makes it illegal for the US military to enforce the laws of the states unless specifically authorized to do so by an Act of Congress or an Executive Order. So Ross' attempt to make his actions legal should have gotten him two years in prison (Plus whatever the court-martial tacks on to his sentence for misappropriation of military resources, sending an unauthorized commando mission into a friendly country which has had an active extradition treaty with the US for ''forty years'' to capture a fugitive instead of using standard channels and any of the death and destruction brought about by the manhunt that he would be considered responsible for). [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar When he's next seen]], [[KarmaHoudini he's been appointed to a Cabinet position]].
22nd Jun '16 11:01:35 PM Odacon_Spy
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** One thing they notably did get right was at the insistence of the US Navy. Kelly McGillis' character was originally supposed to be an enlisted sailor. The producers changed her to a civilian in order to secure the cooperation of the Navy in the making of the film.

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** One thing they notably did get right was at the insistence of the US Navy. Kelly McGillis' [=McGillis=]' character was originally supposed to be an enlisted sailor. The producers changed her to a civilian in order to secure the cooperation of the Navy in the making of the film.
8th Jun '16 9:38:42 PM PaulA
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* In ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'', set during World War II, most of the recurring German characters are in the Wehrmacht (regular military), but Reinicke is an officer of the Waffen-SS (which had a separate command structure and its own ranks). Early episodes aren't consistent about recognising that the SS had different ranks from the regular army, with Reinicke frequently addressed or referred to with the army rank of "Hauptmann" instead of the SS rank of "Hauptsturmführer".
6th Jun '16 7:52:16 AM StarSword
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** The whole reason for Ramius to be dissatisfied with the Soviet system is pretty dumb as well. While the Soviet brass ''was'' [[WeHaveReserves more dismissive of their personnel than the US one]], the nuclear submarine [=COs=] (moreover, a full captain, that is, a colonel equivalent, is a pretty high rank anyway) most emphatically ''weren't'' a resource they have had reserves of, and thus they were treated much more carefully than the other soldiers. Another matter is that he simply wouldn't be approved for the position had his superiors had even the slightest doubt in his loyalty.

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** The whole reason for Ramius to be dissatisfied with the Soviet system is pretty dumb as well. While the Soviet brass ''was'' [[WeHaveReserves more dismissive of their personnel than the US one]], the nuclear submarine [=COs=] (moreover, a full captain, that is, a colonel equivalent, is a pretty high rank anyway) most emphatically ''weren't'' a resource they have had reserves of, and thus they were treated much more carefully than the other soldiers. Another matter is that he simply wouldn't be approved for the position had his superiors had even the slightest doubt in his loyalty. (The book explains this a bit better. While Ramius ''has'' irritated the Soviet Navy brass with criticisms of procedure to the point where he's unlikely to be promoted to admiral, his criticisms were all of operational matters, not politics: he was at least outwardly completely loyal to the Party until his wife died from a medical error and the doctor couldn't be prosecuted [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections due to his Party connections]].)
3rd Jun '16 9:18:37 AM StarSword
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* Universal for many anime that feature military ranks: Japan has historically used a unified rank structure: i.e. all branches of the military use the same rank names and structure (''Sho-i'' for Second Lieutenant/Ensign/Pilot Officer, ''Chu-i'' for First Lieutenant/Lieutenant Junior Grade/Flying Officer, ''Tai-i'' for Captain/Lieutenant/Flight Lieutenant, and so on). This can cause problems for translators in trying to determine whether fictional military units (such as the UN Spacy/RDF below or the EFSF of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'') should go with a naval naming convention or an army naming convention.

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* Universal for many anime that feature military ranks: Japan has historically used a unified rank structure: structure for officers, i.e. all branches of the military use the same rank names and structure (''Sho-i'' for Second Lieutenant/Ensign/Pilot Officer, ''Chu-i'' for First Lieutenant/Lieutenant Junior Grade/Flying Officer, ''Tai-i'' for Captain/Lieutenant/Flight Lieutenant, and so on). This was changed after World War II (JSDF naval, army, and air force ranks use different names and kanji), but it can still cause problems for translators in trying to determine whether fictional military units (such as the UN Spacy/RDF below or the EFSF of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'') should go with a naval naming convention or an army naming convention.
3rd Jun '16 9:11:44 AM StarSword
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** The whole reason for Ramius to be dissatisfied with the Soviet system is pretty dumb as well. While the Soviet brass ''was'' [[WeHaveReserves more dismissive of their personnel than the US one]], the nuclear submarine [=COs=] (moreover, a full captain, that is, a colonel equivalent, is a pretty high rank anyway) most empatically ''weren't'' a resourse they have had reserves of, and thus they were treated much more carefully than the other soldiers. Another matter is that he simply wouldn't be approved for the position had his superiors had even the slightest doubt in his loyalty.

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** The whole reason for Ramius to be dissatisfied with the Soviet system is pretty dumb as well. While the Soviet brass ''was'' [[WeHaveReserves more dismissive of their personnel than the US one]], the nuclear submarine [=COs=] (moreover, a full captain, that is, a colonel equivalent, is a pretty high rank anyway) most empatically emphatically ''weren't'' a resourse resource they have had reserves of, and thus they were treated much more carefully than the other soldiers. Another matter is that he simply wouldn't be approved for the position had his superiors had even the slightest doubt in his loyalty.
3rd Jun '16 8:59:35 AM StarSword
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* For Americans, the name of the award is not "the ''Congressional'' Medal of Honor", it's just "the Medal of Honor". It's possible this results from the citation beginning with the phrase "In the name of Congress", or that it gets conflated with the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom, which are civilian honors.


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* ''Anime/DivergenceEve'' identifies MauveShirt Luke Walker in English dialog as a chief petty officer, but his bio in the opening credits gives his rank as sergeant. Every other character uses naval-style ranks, and no, the Japanese words for the ranks aren't the same.
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