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1st May '18 8:35:44 PM LittleDancerGirl
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* ''Series/MASH'' has a few of these, since doctors automatically get a minimum rank of Captain. Unfortunately, this obligates them to take on the same duties as any Captain, even if they have no military training and no desire to command. Since the show is a comedy, this often leads to a case of HilarityEnsues.

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* ''Series/MASH'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' has a few of these, since doctors automatically get a minimum rank of Captain. Unfortunately, this obligates them to take on the same duties as any Captain, even if whether or not they want to or have no military training and no desire to command. Since the show is a comedy, this any idea what they're doing. This often leads to a case of HilarityEnsues.
1st May '18 8:33:28 PM LittleDancerGirl
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* ''Series/MASH'' has a few of these, since doctors automatically get a minimum rank of Captain. Unfortunately, this obligates them to take on the same duties as any Captain, even if they have no military training and no desire to command. Since the show is a comedy, this often leads to a case of HilarityEnsues.
1st May '18 8:25:26 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** Dr. Bashir definitely seemed like a greenhorn when he came aboard the station (implying he was directly commissioned as a Lieutenant after finishing medical school), talking about wanting to be out on the frontier "where the action is" instead of in some lab. Major Kira was...less than impressed.

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** Dr. Bashir definitely seemed like a greenhorn when he came aboard the station (implying he was directly commissioned as a Lieutenant after finishing medical school), school [[note]]somewhat TruthInTelevision, as military doctors often start at higher ranks than most officers[[/note]]), talking about wanting to be out on the frontier "where the action is" instead of in some lab. Major Kira was...less than impressed. And while he pretty quickly proves that he knows what he's doing as a doctor, it takes him longer to figure out the whole "being a commissioned Starfleet officer" thing.
1st May '18 6:28:19 PM LittleDancerGirl
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** What makes Kim's situation with this so complicated is that, despite being an Ensign, he's still the Head of Operations and a member of the senior staff, which means he has a position of authority despite his rank. It's not the only Star Trek example where a senior staff member is outranked by someone not on the staff, but it's the most blatant.
25th Feb '18 10:00:49 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Lt. Gorman from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. See page quotes.

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* Lt. Gorman from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. See page quotes.
14th Feb '18 8:48:21 AM HumanTorch2
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* Captain America ([[{{ComicBook/CaptainAmerica}} no relation) in ''Literature/GenerationKill'' is inexperienced and completely clueless, much to the dismay of the men he commands. The miniseries actually ''tones him down'' from both Evan Wright's original account and Nate Fick's book, for fear that an accurate portrayal would destroy viewers' WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. His SergeantRock is Eric Kocher, but in a subversion, Kocher simply promises physical violence if he doesn't start using common sense.

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* Captain America ([[{{ComicBook/CaptainAmerica}} no relation) relation]]) in ''Literature/GenerationKill'' is inexperienced and completely clueless, much to the dismay of the men he commands. The miniseries actually ''tones him down'' from both Evan Wright's original account and Nate Fick's book, for fear that an accurate portrayal would destroy viewers' WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. His SergeantRock is Eric Kocher, but in a subversion, Kocher simply promises physical violence if he doesn't start using common sense.
14th Feb '18 8:47:51 AM HumanTorch2
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* Captain America in ''Literature/GenerationKill'' is inexperienced and completely clueless, much to the dismay of the men he commands. The miniseries actually ''tones him down'' from both Evan Wright's original account and Nate Fick's book, for fear that an accurate portrayal would destroy viewers' WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. His SergeantRock is Eric Kocher, but in a subversion, Kocher simply promises physical violence if he doesn't start using common sense.

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* Captain America ([[{{ComicBook/CaptainAmerica}} no relation) in ''Literature/GenerationKill'' is inexperienced and completely clueless, much to the dismay of the men he commands. The miniseries actually ''tones him down'' from both Evan Wright's original account and Nate Fick's book, for fear that an accurate portrayal would destroy viewers' WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. His SergeantRock is Eric Kocher, but in a subversion, Kocher simply promises physical violence if he doesn't start using common sense.
9th Jan '18 4:42:18 AM Derkhan
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* In ''Literature/GardensOfTheMoon'', the first book in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Captain Ganoes Paran is introduced as being hopelessly clueless about the Bridgeburners' reputation for hostility towards poor officers. He gets better at his job. Quickly.

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* In ''Literature/GardensOfTheMoon'', the first book in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Captain fresh out of the military academy, Ganoes Paran gets assigned the rank of Lieutenant while stationed in Itko Kan. Thanks to keeping his cool during the aftermath of the massacre at the fishing village, he is introduced as being hopelessly clueless noticed by Adjunct Lorn and made her personal aide and eventually Captain of the Bridgeburners, who are notorious for getting rid of captains they dislike in creative ways. They are not happy about the Bridgeburners' reputation for hostility towards poor officers.getting assigned a newbie. He gets better at his job. Quickly.
28th Dec '17 5:31:58 PM nombretomado
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* Captain Parmeter from ''FTroop''.

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* Captain Parmeter from ''FTroop''.''Series/FTroop''.
29th Sep '17 9:01:19 PM FordPrefect
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* ''TabletopRPG/{{Paranoia}}'' often runs on this. The fact nothing works as it should results in a lot of deaths, often putting the next highest ranking person in charge... in a society where a caste system determines rank instead of actual experience or expertise. It is therefore possible for a Yellow ranker to be put in command on his first day out when his superior dies, while the entire team of seasoned, experienced Infrared soldiers are forced to grit their teeth and go with it.

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* ''TabletopRPG/{{Paranoia}}'' often runs on this. The fact nothing works as it should results in a lot of deaths, often putting the next highest ranking person in charge... in a society where a caste system determines rank instead of is determined by how much an insane AI trusts you, rather than actual experience or expertise. It is therefore possible for a Yellow ranker to be put in command on his first day out when his superior dies, while the entire team of seasoned, experienced Infrared Red soldiers are forced to grit their teeth and go with it.


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** And each Mandatory Bonus Duty is assigned to the team member who scored the highest on its skill test. Choosing Team Leader ''last'' is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial definitely not intentionally designed to put the noob in charge]].
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