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6th Oct '17 6:34:57 AM manofwarb
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In RealLife [[TruthInTelevision military parlance]], a Desk Jockey might be known also as an REMF [[SoldiersAtTheRear "rear-echelon motherfucker"]], a "pogue" (etymology uncertain, though the usual story is that it comes from the Irish for "kiss my ass," but now [[FunWithAcronyms backronymed]] to Person Other than Grunt), or a "fobbit" (someone who never leaves their Forward Operating Base).

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In RealLife [[TruthInTelevision military parlance]], a Desk Jockey might be known also as an REMF [[SoldiersAtTheRear "rear-echelon motherfucker"]], a "pogue" (etymology uncertain, though the usual story is that it comes from the Irish for "kiss my ass," but now [[FunWithAcronyms backronymed]] to Person Other than Grunt), or a "fobbit" (someone who never leaves their Forward Operating Base).
Base). Among officers, it is common for officers to rotate between combat deployments and staff tours where they must become desk jockeys for a few years. In fact, the 1986 Goldwater Nichols Act requires any officer who wants to make General or Admiral to serve on at least one desk bound joint services staff assignment.



* ''Literature/OfficialPrivilege'': In this book by former navy destroyer skipper Creator/PTDeutermann, a desk jockey Navy Commander who is awaiting a ship's captain billet to open up, is tasked with assisting an NCIS investigation into an apparent accidental death on a mothballed ship. His NCIS partner is also a desk jockey, who doesn't have any field investigation experience. The book reveals the existence of an Executive Assistant cabal - an informal network of senior officer desk jockeys, who act as "fixers" for navy admirals.



* Intel analyst Maya Brooks shows up in the third game's ''Citadel'' DLC, claiming to have uncovered a plot to kill Shepard. After getting shot during the initial firefight, she acts flustered and stammers a lot. She complains that she works a desk job, and isn't used to combat. When Shepard tells her to make a template of all the forms Brooks will need to fill out, reporting her injuries to the Alliance, she says that Shepard gets shot a little too much. [[spoiler: It is all an act - Brooks is actually a disgruntled ex-Cerberus operative, who is the wire puller behind the attempt to kill Shepard.]]

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* ** Intel analyst Maya Brooks shows up in the third game's ''Citadel'' DLC, claiming to have uncovered a plot to kill Shepard. After getting shot during the initial firefight, she acts flustered and stammers a lot. She complains that she works a desk job, and isn't used to combat. When Shepard tells her to make a template of all the forms Brooks will need to fill out, reporting her injuries to the Alliance, she says that Shepard gets shot a little too much. [[spoiler: It is all an act - Brooks is actually a disgruntled ex-Cerberus operative, who is the wire puller behind the attempt to kill Shepard.]]



* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': There are a few desk jokey in the New California Republic Army: Major Knight is likely the first you will encounter, as he oversees the inexistent traffic through the Mojave outpost, the first NCR base you are likely to visit. If you're a male courier with the Confirmed Bachelor perk he might become your favourite NPC, as with a bit of flirting he gives you free repairs.

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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': There are a few desk jokey jockeys in the New California Republic Army: Major Knight is likely the first you will encounter, as he oversees the inexistent traffic through the Mojave outpost, the first NCR base you are likely to visit. If you're a male courier with the Confirmed Bachelor perk he might become your favourite NPC, as with a bit of flirting he gives you free repairs.
6th Oct '17 6:19:00 AM manofwarb
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* Intel analyst Maya Brooks shows up in the third game's ''Citadel'' DLC, claiming to have uncovered a plot to kill Shepard. After getting shot during the initial firefight, she acts flustered and stammers a lot. She complains that she works a desk job, and isn't used to combat. When Shepard tells her to make a template of all the forms Brooks will need to fill out, reporting her injuries to the Alliance, she says that Shepard gets shot a little too much. [[spoiler: It is all an act - Brooks is actually a disgruntled ex-Cerberus operative, who is the wire puller behind the attempt to kill Shepard.]]
6th Oct '17 6:07:02 AM manofwarb
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* In an episode of the time travel series Series/SevenDays, the protagonist Frank's ex-wife is engaged to a decorated Naval Intelligence Officer named Mike Cleary. Frank tells his ex that her new beau Cleary is in covert ops just like Frank himself was, and therefore, she won't get to see much of him. She retorts that Cleary isn't a BloodKnight like Frank - turns out Cleary intentionally asked to be a desk jockey so that he could spend more time with Frank's ex-wife and son.
13th Aug '17 6:32:17 AM ANTMuddle
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* In the GrandFinale of ''Series/TheShield,'' this is the core of the probation Vic is required to carry out. Much to his disgust ("I don't do desks!").
12th Aug '17 4:37:05 PM Zoriax91
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* Ford Cruller from ''{{VideoGame/Psychonauts}}, despite being a Psychomaster (a very high-ranking position), is relegated to being the campus' MissionControl, janitor, ranger, cook, store owner, and jack-of-all-trades. [[spoiler:This is because a duel with a powerful psi-criminal [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu shattered his mind]], causing him to switch through different bumbling personalities. He can mantain his true Psychonaut persona only when he's exposed to Psitanium - and it's only temporary, with the exception of the gigantic piece of Psytanium contained in his sanctuary]].
24th Jul '17 12:07:15 PM trumpetmarietta
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** Admiral Ross from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is just about the only exception to this trope, but only because he's in command of a Federation fleet during a full-blown war. Admiral Hanson is another exception, but that didn't turn out too well. At one point Ross is stuck behind a desk planning missions instead of leading them. During the Dominion's occupation of [=DS9=], he also makes Sisko his assistant, putting Dax in command of the ''Defiant'' while Sisko sits at a desk at Starbase 375. Sisko is clearly not happy to be taken off his ship, but the desk job gives him the opportunity to plan the mission to retake [=DS9=].

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** Vice Admiral William Ross from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is just about the only exception to this trope, but only because he's in command of a Federation fleet during a full-blown war. Admiral Hanson is another exception, but that didn't turn out too well. At one point Ross is stuck behind a desk planning missions instead of leading them. During the Dominion's occupation of [=DS9=], he also makes Sisko his assistant, adjutant, putting Dax in command of the ''Defiant'' while Sisko sits at a desk at Starbase 375. Sisko is clearly not happy to be taken off his ship, but the desk job gives him the opportunity to plan the mission to retake [=DS9=].



** SGC Generals spend much of their screen time at paper-laden desks. Colonel O'Neill achieves promotion to General so his actor Richard Dean Anderson could spend less time on camera and more with his family.

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** SGC Generals spend much of their screen time at paper-laden desks. Colonel O'Neill achieves promotion to General brigadier general so his actor Richard Dean Anderson could spend less time on camera and more with his family.
4th Jul '17 9:47:07 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': There are a few desk jokey in the New California Republic Army: Major Knight is likely the first you will encounter, as he oversees the inexistent traffic through the Mojave outpost, the first NCR base you are likely to visit.

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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': There are a few desk jokey in the New California Republic Army: Major Knight is likely the first you will encounter, as he oversees the inexistent traffic through the Mojave outpost, the first NCR base you are likely to visit. If you're a male courier with the Confirmed Bachelor perk he might become your favourite NPC, as with a bit of flirting he gives you free repairs.
25th Apr '17 10:10:56 AM Grudgeal
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* General Melchett (a superior officer who is geniunely clueless about what's going on at the Front) and Captain Darling (a Desk Jockey of the same rank as the main character, who ''does'' know what it's like at the Front and is glad to be away from it) in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''.

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* General Melchett (a superior officer who is geniunely clueless about what's going on at the Front) and Captain Darling (a Desk Jockey of the same rank as the main character, who ''does'' know what it's like at the Front and is glad to be away from it) in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''.Forth'' is the personal secretary of [[ArmchairMilitary General Melchett]] and also works as a logistics officer. [[SitcomArchNemesis He and Blackadder hate each others' guts]], because Darling (in getting a desk job and thus escaping the trenches) has succeed at what Blackadder is constantly trying to do. [[spoiler:Until the final episode, where Melchett 'promotes' him to join Blackadder's unit for an attack.]]
20th Feb '17 9:03:18 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': The Commissioner Roland is completely out of depth at the Hoover Dam crisis, being more used to politics and money than at crisis management.
26th Jan '17 7:20:51 PM PaulA
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* In one of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books one of the Emperor's gardeners gets promoted against his will to head gardener; he feels the promotion will take him away from his beloved gardening and make a desk jockey out of him (he's right). [[spoiler:He assassinates the Emperor over it.]]

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* In one of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books ''Literature/ForwardTheFoundation'', one of the Emperor's gardeners gets promoted against his will to head gardener; he feels the promotion will take him away from his beloved gardening and make a desk jockey out of him (he's right). [[spoiler:He assassinates the Emperor over it.]]
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