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26th May '16 5:25:41 AM jakobitis
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* Then, of course, we have ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. He's been seen ordering around generals and refusing the orders of Nick Fury and even the President.

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* Then, of course, we have ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. He's been seen ordering around generals and refusing the orders of Nick Fury and even the President. There also times he gives orders to members of other branches of the armed forces. Even if 'Captain' is his official army rank and not merely a codename or title, he wouldn't have any military authority over the navy or air forces.
25th May '16 10:55:37 PM Doug86
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%% Admin note: please do not add back the StarTrek examples that were removed. Starfleet is so far removed from any RealLife Military that saying they got something wrong because it doesn't work like that in RealLife is pointless. It my be fun, but it's not this trope. The only exceptions are those issues where a Starfleet standard, practice or reg is established InUniverse and then later, they get that wrong, like the uniform and rank insignias.%%

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%% Admin note: please do not add back the StarTrek ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples that were removed. Starfleet is so far removed from any RealLife Military that saying they got something wrong because it doesn't work like that in RealLife is pointless. It my be fun, but it's not this trope. The only exceptions are those issues where a Starfleet standard, practice or reg is established InUniverse and then later, they get that wrong, like the uniform and rank insignias.%%
18th May '16 12:41:37 AM lorgskyegon
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*** They only had to convince one suspicious officer (though this itself is unlikely) and givern that he was in the club, he'd likely enough to believe their story of the Army seeking opinions on a possible new rank.
18th May '16 12:36:09 AM lorgskyegon
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** It is mentioned in a few episodes that to have the ability to command the ship during normal circumstances, one must first be classified as a bridge officer. To do that, you must pass the Bridge Officer's Test.
18th May '16 12:27:20 AM lorgskyegon
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*** There is a radio operator seen, played by Creator/PattonOswalt in his first film appearance.
18th May '16 12:24:16 AM lorgskyegon
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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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** Crossing over with ArtisticLicenseLaw, there is no charge in the UCMJ as "conduct unbecoming a Marine".
18th May '16 12:05:29 AM lorgskyegon
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* Then, of course, we have ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. He's been seen ordering around generals and refusing the orders of Nick Fury and even the President.
17th May '16 11:42:31 PM lorgskyegon
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** A notable exception is for various Special Forces units. Not only do they tend to spend a large portion of time in the field and/or behind enemy lines (and therefor often lack the ability to shave), but it can help them blend into the local population better.
17th May '16 5:46:10 AM StarSword
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* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is well known for being BroadStrokes of any thing military:

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* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' is well known for being BroadStrokes of any thing military:military. It's worth noting Section 9 in most incarnations is not actually a military unit but a special police squad, though Motoko Kusanagi herself is usually a serving JSDF major and Batou a retired Ranger.



* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'':
** [[ArtificialHuman Cooper Hawkes]] ends up getting arrested due to a combination of FantasticRacism and a misunderstanding with the police after a group of thugs try to hang him in an alleyway. The judge sentences him to [[TradingBarsForStripes serve his debt to society via military service]]... by putting him through a commissioning program to become a space fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. The DrillSergeantNasty even goes so far as to describe the entire situation as a cruel prank played at his (the drill sergeant's) expense. While the US military ''did'' do this in the past, A) they only recruited enlisted men this way, not officers, and B) they officially ended this practice several decades before the series was ''made'', never mind set. Hawkes would have had to obtain a waiver after the fact; he most certainly would not have been shipped from jail still in a prison jumpsuit and shackles. Besides which, becoming an officer in the US military requires a college degree (whether from a civilian university or a service academy).
** The military had long since abandoned the issue of sending letters to inform families of their dead loved ones. Appropriately, to avoid exactly the sort of situation Nathan finds himself in one episode. [[spoiler: His parents not getting the letter and still believing his brother is alive the episode after he was killed in action.]]
** No, [=Colonel McQueen=], the real Marine Corps does ''not'' [[DoAnythingSoldier routinely send AcePilot naval aviators in as infantrymen]] (the 58th actually complains about this in one episode). Despite the Marine creed that every Marine is first a rifleman, that would be a stupid risk of very expensively trained officers. This is also {{deconstructed}} in "Sugar Dirt" when the 58th leaving their fighters under orders to join a ground attack results in them getting shot up on the runway.



* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}''''VideoGame/StarCraft''



* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', Miral Paris is a Starfleet security officer, which according to the game's conventions means she should be wearing red coloring on her uniform: red is for security and tactical personnel, as well as commanding officers and admirals. For some reason they have her in yellow, which is for operations and engineering specialties (though it included security personnel in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' timeframe, which was when her mother served as an engineering officer). Season 10 makes the same error in the opposite direction by putting Sarish Minna, Deep Space 9's operations officer, in a red security/tactical uniform.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'':
** Using rank as a synonym for CharacterLevel (from Lieutenant at level 5 to ''Fleet Admiral'' at level 60) results in a lot of OutrankingYourJob and means the player is frequently taking orders from people they outrank by several grades, as well as resulting in a ludicrous ''Fanfic/MarissaPicard''-like situation where you apparently went from junior officer to 5-star in ''eighteen months''. It also inconveniences the developers in the event they ever want to raise the level cap again: the increase in rank cap to fleet admiral resulted in jokes that the next expansion would make you President of the Federation.
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Miral Paris is a Starfleet security officer, which according to the game's conventions means she should be wearing red coloring on her uniform: red is for security and tactical personnel, as well as commanding officers and admirals. For some reason they have her in yellow, which is for operations and engineering specialties (though it included security personnel in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' timeframe, which was when her mother served as an engineering officer).officer; this is possibly a misplaced use of GenerationXerox). Season 10 makes the same error in the opposite direction by putting Sarish Minna, Deep Space 9's operations officer, in a red security/tactical uniform. Possibly the devs confused the term "operations officer" with the post of "''strategic'' operations officer" held by Worf in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' (for which he wore a red uniform).
8th Apr '16 5:12:46 PM eroock
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* Any submarine that flipped upside down, as depicted in ''Film/TheNavigator'', would not right itself but would go straight to the bottom, guaranteed.
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