History Main / JoinTheArmyTheySaid

15th May '18 7:08:14 PM StoneBasilisk
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* Several years back there was a slew of "combined armed forces" recruitment ads for the US military, with the slogan "Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, what a great place to start!". The message of which was apparently, "We don't care which service you join, just join one." In these commercials, the soldiers were seen driving tanks and shooting rifles and running through the woods, the airmen were seen flying (or repairing) jets, the sailors were working with electronics onboard ships, and the marines... were standing in formation, looking pretty in their full dress blues, including sabres, and basically doing a whole lot of nothing. Many active duty service members in the Army, Airforce, and Navy found this ''hilarious''.

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* Several years back there was a slew of "combined armed forces" recruitment ads for the US military, with the slogan "Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, what a great place to start!". The message of which was apparently, "We don't care which service you join, just join one." In these commercials, the soldiers were seen driving tanks and shooting rifles and running through the woods, the airmen were seen flying (or repairing) jets, the sailors were working with electronics onboard ships, and the marines... were standing in formation, [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous looking pretty in their full dress blues, including sabres, sabres]], and basically doing a whole lot of nothing. Many active duty service members in the Army, Airforce, and Navy found this ''hilarious''.
6th May '18 7:03:21 PM StrixObscuro
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* In the 1970s UndergroundComics ''Merton of the Movement'', one of the would-be radicals watching an Army recruitment ad thinks the prospect of world travel and $288 a month sounds pretty sweet, and goes to enlist. He's such a drugged-out little wizened husk of a guy, however, that he drives the interviewing desk sergeant into an apoplectic rage -- when he asks "Ya got any openin's in Denmark?" the sergeant boots him out.

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* In the 1970s 1970's UndergroundComics ''Merton of the Movement'', one of the would-be radicals watching an Army recruitment ad thinks the prospect of world travel and $288 a month sounds pretty sweet, and goes to enlist. He's such a drugged-out little wizened husk of a guy, however, that he drives the interviewing desk sergeant into an apoplectic rage -- when he asks "Ya got any openin's in Denmark?" the sergeant boots him out.out.
* Discussed in ''ComicBook/TheOrder'', where Milo Fields was a fourth-generation marine who grew disillusioned with the military after seeing how the Somali Civil War - in which he and his platoon fought - was turned into propaganda to convince impressionable kids to sign up for the war in Iraq.



** Taken UpToEleven in ''Marauders'', which has a catchy music video.



* ''Series/{{JAG}}: This concept is invoked in an episode, in which a seaman walks off her ship, complaining that recruitment commercials and an overzealous recruiter depicted a far more glamorous Navy, where she could be an air traffic controller, but what she got was endless deck swabbing. She ends up being charged with desertion, and her defense counsel deconstructs this concept to get her off. He even gets the director of a recruitment commercial to admit that she ignored the mundane boring parts of actual Navy life and displayed only the fun and glamorous parts.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}: ''Series/{{JAG}}'': This concept is invoked in an episode, in which a seaman walks off her ship, complaining that recruitment commercials and an overzealous recruiter depicted a far more glamorous Navy, where she could be an air traffic controller, but what she got was endless deck swabbing. She ends up being charged with desertion, and her defense counsel deconstructs this concept to get her off. He even gets the director of a recruitment commercial to admit that she ignored the mundane boring parts of actual Navy life and displayed only the fun and glamorous parts.parts.
* Played for drama in the final episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'', when George and Baldrick discuss why they enlisted. George enlisted with a bunch of his school chums, thinking it would be a great adventure; he notes grimly that he is the last of his chums left alive. Baldrick, meanwhile, joined because the recruiters made him feel wanted for the first time in his life.
6th May '18 6:36:07 PM Stealth
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* Also a recurring gag for Creator/TheMightyJingles, himself a former communications officer in the Royal Navy. He tells quite a few war stories, both of his own and from history, and any time that things go pear shaped, as they often do, he takes a moment to pause and interject with "Join the Army/Navy, they said!" and his signature laugh.
15th Feb '18 5:13:51 PM kbissett
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* The VictimOfTheWeek in one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' was an unscrupulous Marine recruiter who made promises that would never be met, such as promising one recruit that he would be trained as a medic. As Gibbs points out, the Marine Corps doesn't have medics; they use Navy Hospital Corpsmen.

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* The VictimOfTheWeek in one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' was an unscrupulous Marine recruiter who made promises that would never be met, such as promising one recruit that he would be trained as a medic. As Gibbs points out, the Marine Corps doesn't have medics; they use Navy Hospital Corpsmen. Most of these lies were ExactWords sophistry: he promised the would-be medic that he would be trained to save lives, just not that he'd be doing so by practicing medicine.
8th Nov '17 8:50:38 PM civetcatcoffee
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* In the Creator/MartinAndLewis film ''At War With the Army'', Alvin (Creator/JerryLewis) grouses that life in the army is a mundane grind and imagines that life in the navy is much more glamorous. The soldiers in the mess hall agree, as evidenced in the song they sing.
-->'''Alvin:''' The Navy gets the gravy and the Army gets the beans.\\
'''Soldiers:''' Beans beans beans beans beans beans beans beans...
3rd Nov '17 3:24:51 PM Chabal2
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** One dialogue in ''Astérix in Corsica'' sums it up:
--> I was given a choice: crucifixion or recruitment.\\
And?\\
Oh, you know the army: ask for one thing, you get the other.
26th Sep '17 1:59:45 PM manofwarb
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* ''Series/{{JAG}}: This concept is invoked in an episode, in which a seaman walks off her ship, complaining that recruitment commercials and an overzealous recruiter depicted a far more glamorous Navy, where she could be an air traffic controller, but what she got was endless deck swabbing. She ends up being charged with desertion, and her defense counsel deconstructs this concept to get her off. He even gets the director of a recruitment commercial to admit that she ignored the mundane boring parts of actual Navy life and displayed only the fun and glamorous parts.
1st Aug '17 6:43:04 AM optimusjamie
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** Has entered the realm of MemeticMutation: "[[http://imgur.com/mWpNgT3 Get Learned How To Make Stuff More Deader]]."
23rd Jul '17 9:26:09 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': [[http://www.sssscomic.com/comic.php?page=119 The recruitment poster for the cleansers]], the DemolitionsExpert branch of the army, emphasizes the glorious part of the job, and downplays the whole "you're demolishing ninety year old buildings that could have PlagueZombie monsters in them" part. There is also fine print mentioning that joining voids any life insurance.
7th Jul '17 10:44:18 AM MicoolTNT
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* New Zealand {{avert|edTrope}}s this trope by not showing any advertising for the Defence Forces, which kinda makes sense as NZ has ''no'' Defence Forces whatsoever.
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Defence_Force Well, actually...]]
** This lack of a Defense Force might just be too tempting to certain countries if [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=vo6fgZ-dbOw this ad]] is any indication...
** The ads for the NZ defence forces tended to focus on learning skills and suchlike, rather than anything particularly combative.

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* %%* New Zealand {{avert|edTrope}}s this trope by not showing any advertising for the Defence Forces, which kinda makes sense as NZ has ''no'' Defence Forces whatsoever.
*** %%*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Defence_Force Well, actually...]]
** %%** This lack of a Defense Force might just be too tempting to certain countries if [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=vo6fgZ-dbOw this ad]] is any indication...
** %%** The ads for the NZ defence forces tended to focus on learning skills and suchlike, rather than anything particularly combative.
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