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15th Jul '16 4:35:12 AM LtFedora
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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': In Season 3, the prison hires more guards to deal with the workload. However, it's clear from the start that they aren't qualified to work there. In the finale, it's revealed that one of them [[spoiler: is actually a hit man who works for the drug lord that Alex smuggled for. He even says that the place would hire Forrest Gump]].
2nd Jun '16 3:01:44 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' series, Sam Yeager is a player for a Triple-I League Baseball team. During the [[WorldWarOne Great War]], he tried to join the Army but was rejected on the basis of having lost all his teeth during the Spanish Flu. After the [[TheReptilians Race]] attacks the US (and many other nations), the Army quickly lowers its standards and starts accepting anyone who's willing to fight. Sam and his manager "Mutt" Daniels (who would normally be too old to fight) join up.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' series, Sam Yeager is a player for a Triple-I League Baseball team. During the [[WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Great War]], he tried to join the Army but was rejected on the basis of having lost all his teeth during the Spanish Flu. After the [[TheReptilians Race]] attacks the US (and many other nations), the Army quickly lowers its standards and starts accepting anyone who's willing to fight. Sam and his manager "Mutt" Daniels (who would normally be too old to fight) join up.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffen-SS Waffen SS]] during WorldWarII. Initially membership was open to "[[MasterRace Aryans]]" only in accordance with the racial policies of the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi state]], but the rules were partially relaxed in 1940, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler authorized the formation of units composed largely or solely of foreign volunteers and conscripts as the war went on. By the end of the war, non-Germans made up more than 50 percent of the Waffen SS.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffen-SS Waffen SS]] during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Initially membership was open to "[[MasterRace Aryans]]" only in accordance with the racial policies of the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi state]], but the rules were partially relaxed in 1940, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler authorized the formation of units composed largely or solely of foreign volunteers and conscripts as the war went on. By the end of the war, non-Germans made up more than 50 percent of the Waffen SS.



* [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic The Austro-Hungarian Army]] (officer corps 76.1% German) was particularly badly affected by this in WorldWarOne, though the situation was still manageable while they were able to use the pre-war Army Reserve to plug the gaps (officer corps 56.8% German). Things only became truly critical when they ran out of these after repeated Italian and Russian offensives in 1916 and had to begin recruiting ''en masse'' from the country's civilian professionals (c.24% German).

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic The Austro-Hungarian Army]] (officer corps 76.1% German) was particularly badly affected by this in WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, though the situation was still manageable while they were able to use the pre-war Army Reserve to plug the gaps (officer corps 56.8% German). Things only became truly critical when they ran out of these after repeated Italian and Russian offensives in 1916 and had to begin recruiting ''en masse'' from the country's civilian professionals (c.24% German).
16th May '16 1:55:51 PM Morgenthaler
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21st Apr '16 12:00:58 AM aye_amber
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* Happens in ''UnderTheDome'' by Creator/StephenKing. After the town is cut-off from the outside world via SomeKindOfForceField, the town's leaders make the decision to deputize some young adults in order to beef up the police force. These young adults? The town selectman's [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong sociopathic son and his delinquent friends]].

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* Happens in ''UnderTheDome'' ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' by Creator/StephenKing. After the town is cut-off from the outside world via SomeKindOfForceField, the town's leaders make the decision to deputize some young adults in order to beef up the police force. These young adults? The town selectman's [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong sociopathic son and his delinquent friends]].
9th Mar '16 6:49:45 AM Hossmeister
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* ''AllInTheFamily'': Archie's lodge is in trouble for not having any black or Jewish members. So he suggests that they invite one black to join - Solomon Jackson. And one Jew - also Solomon Jackson. At the end of the episode Jackson accepts their invitation to join, and promises to invite all his black friends ''and'' all his Jewish friends to join too.

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* ''AllInTheFamily'': ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': Archie's lodge is in trouble for not having any black or Jewish members. So he suggests that they invite one black to join - Solomon Jackson. And one Jew - also Solomon Jackson. At the end of the episode Jackson accepts their invitation to join, and promises to invite all his black friends ''and'' all his Jewish friends to join too.
19th Dec '15 5:35:40 PM sgamer82
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' - With the draft on, you get doctors who are against the very war that's being fought.
** A recurring theme in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was that the vast majority of the US Army (being draftees), were unprepared, unfit, and generally had no business being in a warzone.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' - With the draft on, you get doctors who are against the very war that's being fought.
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fought. It was a recurring theme in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was that the vast majority of the US Army (being draftees), were unprepared, unfit, and generally had no business being in a warzone.
18th Dec '15 10:47:14 PM RavenWilder
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** A recurring theme in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was that the vast majority of the US Army (being draftees), were unprepared, unfit, and generally had no business being in a warzone

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** A recurring theme in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' was that the vast majority of the US Army (being draftees), were unprepared, unfit, and generally had no business being in a warzone
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' - By Season 2, the Ark has lost so much of its population, and is facing such an overwhelming threat from the Grounders, that even Murphy, a known murderer, is allowed to help with their defense. Murphy is well aware that, if ''he's'' being trusted with a weapon, then they "really are screwed".
15th Dec '15 7:52:35 PM FF32
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* The ''WebOriginal/SCPFoundation'' normally recruits its D-class personnel (human test subjects) from death row criminals, and terminates the survivors at the end of the month. In times of need, they start grabbing from lesser criminals, and sometimes escalates to just grabbing civilians and using amnesics on them. Their plans for world-wide apocalypse have several levels, with only the last one planning for the release of superviolent and/or insane criminals if it comes down to there being ''any'' human beings left at all.

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* The ''WebOriginal/SCPFoundation'' ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' normally recruits its D-class personnel (human test subjects) from death row criminals, and terminates the survivors at the end of the month. In times of need, they start grabbing from lesser criminals, and sometimes escalates to just grabbing civilians and using amnesics on them. Their plans for world-wide apocalypse have several levels, with only the last one planning for the release of superviolent and/or insane criminals if it comes down to there being ''any'' human beings left at all.
22nd Oct '15 7:43:09 PM sgamer82
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* For the most part, averted in ''Warhammer40K'', where manpower is the Imperium's greatest weapon (one general regularly wins battles by sending wave after wave of infantry without armored support against fortresses or through minefields) and they'll let anyone join/get shanghaied. Just about everyone in 40K is a BadassNormal just for surviving to adulthood, and anyone who doesn't shape up fast enough can generally look forward to meeting the Commissar and being sent to a Penal Legion.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
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For the most part, part averted in ''Warhammer40K'', where manpower is the Imperium's greatest weapon (one general regularly wins battles by sending wave after wave of infantry without armored support against fortresses or through minefields) and they'll let anyone join/get shanghaied. Just about everyone in 40K is a BadassNormal just for surviving to adulthood, and anyone who doesn't shape up fast enough can generally look forward to meeting the Commissar and being sent to a Penal Legion.
22nd Oct '15 10:27:23 AM Chabal2
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* For the most part, averted in ''Warhammer40K'', where manpower is the Imperium's greatest weapon (one general regularly wins battles by sending wave after wave of infantry without armored support against fortresses or through minefields) and they'll let anyone join/get shanghaied. Just about everyone in 40K is a BadassNormal just for surviving to adulthood, and anyone who doesn't shape up fast enough can generally look forward to meeting the Commissar and being sent to a Penal Legion.
** Thoroughly subverted for the SpaceMarines: their recruitment standards are so stringent they consider four possible candidates from a ''single planet'' to be an exceptionally good run. Of course, they have to be, as many won't even survive the horrific surgeries required to turn them into Astartes.
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