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22nd Jun '17 7:40:12 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}: In addition to the other examples listed above, Klinger tried other methods including making up family emergencies (to the point Col. Blake had a drawer full of them), gaining enough weight to count as disabled, and in one episode [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome building a hang-glider to fly his way out]]]].
14th Jun '17 6:06:29 PM Lanes17B
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* In real life, young Korean celebrities will often bribe doctors to give them disqualifying diagnoses, with the idea that serving two years conscription would be inconvenient and damage their careers. Usually, the truth will somehow come out in the press and the celebrity will be shamed into fulfilling their obligation or see their careers take a hard hit.
** Swallowing rolled-up bits of foil before the medical examination is suggested as a good way to avoid conscription, supposedly because the foil will show up as ulcers in x-rays (this technique never works).
** Korean soccer players have been rumored to intentionally damage their own shoulders (chronic shoulder injuries being one cause for exemption) in the hopes that they can avoid military service and continue their athletic training instead.
* In the 19th century, some people in Egypt put out one of their eyes in order to escape the army. It was followed by an order to form a regiment out of one-eyed men.
* Italian history offers two examples of this:
** After the unification and the introduction of conscription into the former Kingdom of Two Sicilies (who did not have conscription), part of the dodgers willingly injured themselves to be disqualified. This had a mixed rate of success, as it would take ''crippling injuries'' to be disqualified;
** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, already conscripted and reactivated soldiers would sometimes shoot themselves in a hand or foot during battle to be sent home, or at least in the rear echelons. This ''always'' failed and resulted in punishment, as Austro-Hungarian weapons used larger bullets than Italian ones, allowing the medics to easily recognize if the wound had actually been produced by enemy fire.
** There was also a practice called "waving", which involved deliberately sticking an extremity out of the trench in hopes that the enemy would hit it non-lethally. It had mixed levels of success.
* During the Vietnam War, there were quite a few American athletes who managed to have "injuries" that prevented them from being drafted yet somehow failed to impair them from continuing to play professional sports.





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* Averted and played with by Hank Hill in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. Hank's dad, [[JerkAss Cotton,]] lied about his age and enlisted at age 15 so he could fight in WorldWarII and makes fun of him by calling him a draft dodger for not serving in the Army. The real reason Hank did not serve in the Army was because when he tried to enlist at age 18, he was disqualified due to having a narrow urethra, and the VietnamWar had been over for some time.

[[AC:Real Life]]
* In real life, young Korean celebrities will often bribe doctors to give them disqualifying diagnoses, with the idea that serving two years conscription would be inconvenient and damage their careers. Usually, the truth will somehow come out in the press and the celebrity will be shamed into fulfilling their obligation or see their careers take a hard hit.
** Swallowing rolled-up bits of foil before the medical examination is suggested as a good way to avoid conscription, supposedly because the foil will show up as ulcers in x-rays (this technique never works).
** Korean soccer players have been rumored to intentionally damage their own shoulders (chronic shoulder injuries being one cause for exemption) in the hopes that they can avoid military service and continue their athletic training instead.
* In the 19th century, some people in Egypt put out one of their eyes in order to escape the army. It was followed by an order to form a regiment out of one-eyed men.
* Italian history offers two examples of this:
** After the unification and the introduction of conscription into the former Kingdom of Two Sicilies (who did not have conscription), part of the dodgers willingly injured themselves to be disqualified. This had a mixed rate of success, as it would take ''crippling injuries'' to be disqualified;
** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, already conscripted and reactivated soldiers would sometimes shoot themselves in a hand or foot during battle to be sent home, or at least in the rear echelons. This ''always'' failed and resulted in punishment, as Austro-Hungarian weapons used larger bullets than Italian ones, allowing the medics to easily recognize if the wound had actually been produced by enemy fire.
** There was also a practice called "waving", which involved deliberately sticking an extremity out of the trench in hopes that the enemy would hit it non-lethally. It had mixed levels of success.
* During the Vietnam War, there were quite a few American athletes who managed to have "injuries" that prevented them from being drafted yet somehow failed to impair them from continuing to play professional sports.
3rd Jun '17 5:45:34 AM bombadil211
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* In real life, young Korean celebrities will often bribe doctors to give them disqualifying diagnoses, with the idea that serving two years conscription would be inconvenient and damage their careers.

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* In real life, young Korean celebrities will often bribe doctors to give them disqualifying diagnoses, with the idea that serving two years conscription would be inconvenient and damage their careers. Usually, the truth will somehow come out in the press and the celebrity will be shamed into fulfilling their obligation or see their careers take a hard hit.
23rd May '17 10:00:54 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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# Act like/openly claim you're gay. This may have other repercussions, though. (This mainly applied to the US. If conscription were to return there, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will presumably close off this escape route, so this is likely to evolve into a DeadHorseTrope within the next few years outside of period pieces.)

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# [[FauxYay Act like/openly claim you're gay.gay]]. This may have other repercussions, though. (This mainly applied to the US. If conscription were to return there, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will presumably close off this escape route, so this is likely to evolve into a DeadHorseTrope within the next few years outside of period pieces.)
23rd May '17 9:54:57 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Homosexuality itself is not a cause for exemption in Finland; "homosexualism disturbing to oneself" is. Many [[ManlyGay non-effeminate homosexuals]] do serve and make an active career in the Finnish Forces. TomOfFinland was a Lieutenant in WWII in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finnish Army]].

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* Homosexuality itself is not a cause for exemption in Finland; "homosexualism disturbing to oneself" is. Many [[ManlyGay non-effeminate homosexuals]] do serve and make an active career in the Finnish Forces. TomOfFinland Creator/TomOfFinland was a Lieutenant in WWII in the [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finnish Army]].
21st May '17 5:52:54 PM nombretomado
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* Averted by WillEisner's father in his autobiographical graphic novel ''ComicBook/ToTheHeartOfTheStorm''. He opts not to have his eye put out (by a doctor!) to avoid service in World War I, instead he emigrates to America.

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* Averted by WillEisner's Creator/WillEisner's father in his autobiographical graphic novel ''ComicBook/ToTheHeartOfTheStorm''. He opts not to have his eye put out (by a doctor!) to avoid service in World War I, instead he emigrates to America.
4th May '17 5:52:15 PM maxwellsilver
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* In ''Film/{{MASH}}'', the main characters try to help a local boy avoid the draft. They make him take amphetamines to speed up his heartbeat and fake a heart condition. The doctor sees through this and

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* In ''Film/{{MASH}}'', the main characters try to help a local boy avoid the draft. They make him take amphetamines to speed up his heartbeat and fake a heart condition. The doctor sees through this andand keeps him for further examination, which reveals the fraud.



* In [[Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk The Good Soldier Švejk]], set right before and during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, there are a variety of men trying to avoid conscription by appearing ill, resorting to injecting gasoline into their legs and other outlandish methods (all [[PlayedForLaughs played]] for [[BlackComedy comedy]]). The army has a special "hospital" for malingerers, where they put them on a strict diet, and, among other things, wrap them in wet sheets - even the ones who really have tuberculosis.

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* In [[Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk The Good Soldier Švejk]], set right before and during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, there are a variety of men trying to avoid conscription by appearing ill, resorting to injecting gasoline into their legs and other outlandish methods (all [[PlayedForLaughs played]] played for [[BlackComedy comedy]]).comedy). The army has a special "hospital" for malingerers, where they put them on a strict diet, and, among other things, wrap them in wet sheets - even the ones who really have tuberculosis.
4th May '17 5:49:33 PM maxwellsilver
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--> Max: "[[HurricaneOfExcuses I'm a cross-dressing homosexual pacifist with a spot on my lung.]]"
--> Sergeant: "[[NoSell As long as you don't have flat feet.]]"
* In ''Film/{{MASH}}'', the main characters try to help a local boy avoid the draft. They make him [[ArtisticLicenseMedicine smoke pot to slow his heartbeat]] and fake a heart condition.

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--> Max: "[[HurricaneOfExcuses '''Max:''' I'm a cross-dressing homosexual pacifist with a spot on my lung.]]"
lung.
--> Sergeant: "[[NoSell '''Sergeant:''' As long as you don't have flat feet.]]"
feet.
* In ''Film/{{MASH}}'', the main characters try to help a local boy avoid the draft. They make him [[ArtisticLicenseMedicine smoke pot take amphetamines to slow speed up his heartbeat]] heartbeat and fake a heart condition.condition. The doctor sees through this and
4th May '17 5:47:02 PM maxwellsilver
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-->'''Ray:''' Well who'se laughing now, mister [[HookHand hooks for hands]]! ''[beat]'' A {{booby trap}} blew off both his hands.

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-->'''Ray:''' Well who'se who's laughing now, mister [[HookHand hooks for hands]]! ''[beat]'' A {{booby trap}} blew off both his hands.
4th May '17 5:46:07 PM maxwellsilver
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* According to (apocryphal) legend, Creator/LennyBruce wore a dress to his draft bureau in order to avoid service.[[note]]Lenny Bruce actually served in the US Navy in WWII and wore a WAVES uniform [[NeverLiveItDown one time]] as part of a skit. His superior ordered a psych-evaluation, so out of spite he pretended to be gay.[[/note]] Klinger on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is a direct reference to these myths, except that in Klinger's case was doing it to be discharged while serving in Korea.

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* According to (apocryphal) legend, Creator/LennyBruce wore a dress to his draft bureau in order to avoid service.[[note]]Lenny Bruce actually served enlisted in the US Navy at age 16, serving in WWII and WWII. He wore a WAVES uniform [[NeverLiveItDown one time]] as part of a skit. His superior ordered a psych-evaluation, so out of spite he pretended to be gay.[[/note]] Klinger on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is a direct reference to these myths, except that in Klinger's case was doing it to be discharged while serving in Korea.
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