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27th Apr '16 8:26:39 AM Shadowgazer
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* This is a RunningGag in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', as the Romans have a tendency to mutter, "Join up they said... It's [insert recruiting promise here], they said..." after getting beaten up by the Gauls. The most common variation being "Join up, they said... it's a man's life, they said..." And then later stories included one soldier moaning that "Join the army, they--" only to be interrupted by another soldier saying something along the lines of "Belt it, we've all heard that before, and we're sick of it."

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* This is a RunningGag in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', as the Romans have a tendency to mutter, "Join up they said... It's [insert recruiting promise here], they said..." after getting beaten up by the Gauls. The most common variation being "Join up, they said... it's a man's life, they said..." And then later stories included one soldier moaning that "Join the army, they--" only to be interrupted by another soldier saying something along the lines of "Belt it, we've all heard that before, and we're sick of it."" A fitting catchphrase for a PunchClockVillain.
14th Mar '16 7:54:33 PM Willbyr
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8th Mar '16 10:49:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** The HBO adaptation of ''GenerationKill'' has fun with this. Person joked that he joined up so Thai women would have sex with him, and Trombley joined up to shoot people, Colbert was taken in by this ad. The Marines actually discuss the particulars of the ad, with Person concluding that it was absolute genius in terms of being effective advertising, and that Colbert "should've rolled into battle with a sword." You can also hear random Marines shouting "Slay that dragon!" in reference from time to time.

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** The HBO adaptation of ''GenerationKill'' ''Series/GenerationKill'' has fun with this. Person joked that he joined up so Thai women would have sex with him, and Trombley joined up to shoot people, Colbert was taken in by this ad. The Marines actually discuss the particulars of the ad, with Person concluding that it was absolute genius in terms of being effective advertising, and that Colbert "should've rolled into battle with a sword." You can also hear random Marines shouting "Slay that dragon!" in reference from time to time.
7th Mar '16 9:58:22 AM justanid
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See also WartimeCartoon, RecruitersAlwaysLie.

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See also WartimeCartoon, Subtrope of PropagandaPiece. Sister trope to RecruitersAlwaysLie.
1st Mar '16 11:54:41 PM WillBGood
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* Complained about by minor ''Series/{{Mash}}'' characters such as Rizzo, Zale, and Igor. Mocked by Hawkeye and Klinger. The joke's on them. They were drafted after all.

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* Complained about by minor ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' characters such as Rizzo, Zale, and Igor. Mocked by Hawkeye and Klinger. The joke's on them. They were drafted after all.
24th Feb '16 6:17:18 PM MegaMarioMan
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* ''RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'':
-->"Greeting, inferior beings of Polaris. Does you life lack a sense of purpose? Do you constantly worry about finding steady income? Do you enjoy killing stuff? Then join the imperial army and aid me on my humble quest for [[GalaticConqueror Galactic domination!]] Here, you'll travel to interesting places, meet interesting people, and execute them in the name of me."
** From the first one:
-->"I joined the army to get money to go to college, I didn't know I would end up in a war!"

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* ''RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'':
-->"Greeting,
''Franchise/RatchetAndClank:''
** From ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'':
--->"Greeting,
inferior beings of Polaris. Does you life lack a sense of purpose? Do you constantly worry about finding steady income? Do you enjoy killing stuff? Then join the imperial army and aid me on my humble quest for [[GalaticConqueror Galactic domination!]] Here, you'll travel to interesting places, meet interesting people, and execute them in the name of me."
** From [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 the first one:
-->"I
one]]:
--->"I
joined the army to get money to go to college, I didn't know I would end up in a war!"
9th Feb '16 7:47:15 AM DRCEQ
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Peridot, implied (and later outright stated) to be a technician rather than a front-line combatant, who expresses this opinion near-verbatim not so much towards joining her species' military, but towards the particular assignment she was working (namely, one where instead of doing routine equipment maintenance as was expected she ended up having to fight the protagonists).
--> "Go to Earth, they said, it'll be easy, they said..."
18th Jan '16 1:19:19 PM BarthVader
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Peridot, implied to be a technician rather than a front-line combatant, who expresses this opinion near-verbatim not so much towards joining her species' military, but towards the particular assignment she was working (namely, one where instead of doing routine equipment maintenance as was expected she ended up having to fight the protagonists).

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Peridot, implied (and later outright stated) to be a technician rather than a front-line combatant, who expresses this opinion near-verbatim not so much towards joining her species' military, but towards the particular assignment she was working (namely, one where instead of doing routine equipment maintenance as was expected she ended up having to fight the protagonists).
29th Nov '15 2:53:42 PM Dmmaus
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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': Where did the Trade Federation get all those combat droids? They ''[[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0175.html recruited them]]'', obviously.
26th Nov '15 8:01:28 PM nombretomado
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* In SandyMitchell's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Scourge The Heretic'', two new Imperial Guardsmen are introduced on guard and grumbling, "Join the Guard and see the galaxy."

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* In SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Scourge The Heretic'', two new Imperial Guardsmen are introduced on guard and grumbling, "Join the Guard and see the galaxy."
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