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18th Jan '18 8:21:56 AM kquinn0830
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* Bluto tried this in a classic {{Popeye}} short.

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* Bluto tried this in a classic {{Popeye}} short. However, once he and Popeye are attacked by Japanese spies, he changes his mind and enlists.
11th Jan '18 9:49:42 PM foxley
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* In the ''Literature/KateShugak'' novels, this is part of the backstory for Bernie Koslowski, who runs The Roadhouse in the Park. He fled to Canada during the Vietnam War to avoid the draft. He kept drifting north and eventually wound up in Alaska. He has an OddFriendship with Bobby Clarke, a Vietnam vet who lost both legs to a landmine.
7th Jan '18 12:30:45 AM foxley
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E2ParadiseTowers Paradise Towers]]'', Pex was called up to fight in the war, but instead stowed away on the ship carrying the children and old folk to Paradise Towers. He is universally reviled by all all of the inhabitants of the Towers.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E2ParadiseTowers Paradise Towers]]'', Pex was called up to fight in the war, GreatOffscreenWar, but instead stowed away on the ship carrying the children and old folk to Paradise Towers. He is universally reviled by all all of the inhabitants of the Towers.
7th Jan '18 12:10:57 AM foxley
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E2ParadiseTowers Paradise Towers]]'', Pex was called up to fight in the war, but instead stowed away on the ship carrying the children and old folk to Paradise Towers. He is universally reviled by all all of the inhabitants of the Towers.
28th Dec '17 3:05:22 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''FoylesWar'' featured a man with a heart condition who ran a racket where he would turn up at the medical exam of someone who had been called up, claiming to be that person, and fail due to his heart condition, thereby allowing them to avoid conscription.

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* An episode of ''FoylesWar'' ''Series/FoylesWar'' featured a man with a heart condition who ran a racket where he would turn up at the medical exam of someone who had been called up, claiming to be that person, and fail due to his heart condition, thereby allowing them to avoid conscription.
28th Nov '17 5:37:59 PM nombretomado
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# Declare yourself a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscientious_objector conscientious objector]]" and convince a military tribunal that you're [[ActualPacifist objecting for ideological reasons]] (easier for members of certain religions, such as Quakers). There is a very chequered history of countries (a) allowing you the right to do this (although it's in the UN's [[TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar Universal Declaration of Human Rights]]) and (b) actually abiding by it if they do. Some objectors agree to serve as TheMedic, as stretcher bearers, or in other non-combatant roles.

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# Declare yourself a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscientious_objector conscientious objector]]" and convince a military tribunal that you're [[ActualPacifist objecting for ideological reasons]] (easier for members of certain religions, such as Quakers). There is a very chequered history of countries (a) allowing you the right to do this (although it's in the UN's [[TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar Universal Declaration of Human Rights]]) and (b) actually abiding by it if they do. Some objectors agree to serve as TheMedic, as stretcher bearers, or in other non-combatant roles.
12th Nov '17 8:25:02 AM Bissek
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* There are a few examples on the ''Website/DarwinAward'' site about people trying to injure themselves so they'll be ineligible for the draft and succeeding a little too well.
27th Oct '17 6:29:07 AM TheBigBopper
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# Move away (For Americans, this often meant UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}; for UsefulNotes/WestGermany, there was the option of West Berlin, since men living there were exempted from the draft for complicated legal reasons).[[note]]Berlin was considered occupied territory after World War II and was administered by the Allied Powers (the U.S., the USSR, the United Kingdom and France). As such, West German law did not fully apply to West Berlin.[[/note]]

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# Move away (For Flee to another country. For Americans, this often meant UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}; for UsefulNotes/WestGermany, there was the option of West Berlin, since men living there were exempted from the draft for complicated legal reasons).reasons.[[note]]Berlin was considered occupied territory after World War II and was administered by the Allied Powers (the U.S., the USSR, the United Kingdom and France). As such, West German law did not fully apply to West Berlin.[[/note]]
27th Sep '17 9:42:42 PM KidDynamite
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* Civil rights leader Malcolm X did a similar RefugeInAudacity when he told his draft board he wanted to be sent down South, so he could organize the other blacks and "kill us some crackers". He was declared "mentally disqualified for military service".
22nd Sep '17 1:24:10 PM x_countryguy
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* In ''{{Tigerland}}'' two soldiers about to depart to Vietnam contemplate jumping from a roof to injure themselves and avoid deployment. At the end of the film [[spoiler: a soldier deliberately injures another soldiers' eye so that he will be discharged.]]

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* In ''{{Tigerland}}'' two soldiers about to depart to Vietnam contemplate jumping from a roof to injure themselves and avoid deployment. At the end of the film [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a soldier deliberately injures another soldiers' eye so that he will be discharged.]]



* ''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]]]].

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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 [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome building a hang-glider to fly his way out]]]].
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