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31st Aug '16 1:55:32 PM ironballs16
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* Conscription has this effect on armies. The army is forced to accept many barely fit recruits who don't want to be in it either, and is cited as a contributing factor [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar the infamous "Rape of Nanjing" during World War II]], as a number of conscripts were of the "imprisoned or enlisted" variety.

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* Conscription has this effect on armies. The army is forced to accept many barely fit recruits who don't want to be in it either, and is cited as a contributing factor [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar the infamous "Rape of Nanjing" during World War II]], as a number of conscripts were of the "imprisoned "[[TradingBarsForStripes imprisoned or enlisted" enlisted]]" variety.
31st Aug '16 1:54:45 PM ironballs16
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* Conscription has this effect on armies. The army is forced to accept many barely fit recruits who don't want to be in it either, and is cited as a contributing factor [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar the infamous "Rape of Nanjing" during World War II]].

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* Conscription has this effect on armies. The army is forced to accept many barely fit recruits who don't want to be in it either, and is cited as a contributing factor [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar the infamous "Rape of Nanjing" during World War II]].II]], as a number of conscripts were of the "imprisoned or enlisted" variety.
31st Aug '16 1:53:56 PM ironballs16
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* Conscription has this effect on armies. The army is forced to accept many barely fit recruits who don't want to be in it either, and is cited as a contributing factor [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondSinoJapaneseWar the infamous "Rape of Nanjing" during World War II]].

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* Conscription has this effect on armies. The army is forced to accept many barely fit recruits who don't want to be in it either, and is cited as a contributing factor [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondSinoJapaneseWar [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar the infamous "Rape of Nanjing" during World War II]].
31st Aug '16 1:53:40 PM ironballs16
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* Conscription has this effect on armies. The army is forced to accept many barely fit recruits who don't want to be in it either.

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* Conscription has this effect on armies. The army is forced to accept many barely fit recruits who don't want to be in it either.either, and is cited as a contributing factor [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondSinoJapaneseWar the infamous "Rape of Nanjing" during World War II]].
23rd Aug '16 5:13:15 PM Kakuzan
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* There have been feminists who demand that the standards to becoming a firefighter be lowered so that more women can join, prompting massive protests from women who measured up to the original standards.
* In a similar vein, the "against" camp in the debate on whether or not to allow women into the combat branches of the US Military uses this trope as one of their primary arguments.

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* There have been feminists who demand that the standards to becoming a firefighter be lowered so that more women can join, prompting massive protests from women who measured up to the original standards.
* In a similar vein, the
The "against" camp in the debate on whether or not to allow women into the combat branches of the US Military uses this trope as one of their primary arguments.
22nd Aug '16 6:01:00 PM sgamer82
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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' series, Sam Yeager is a player for a Triple-I League Baseball team. During the [[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.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series, Sam Yeager is a player for a Triple-I League Baseball team. During the [[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.
18th Aug '16 5:22:54 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the war against the Parshendi has been a sufficient drain on the humans' manpower that ''ten-year old'' boys are being conscripted.

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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the war against the Parshendi has been a sufficient drain on the humans' manpower that ''ten-year old'' boys are being conscripted.
conscripted. Or at least, that's the excuse. The truth is that a lighteyed noble wanted revenge against a darkeyed surgeon, and found a loophole in the conscription laws, so he got his cousin Highmarshal Amaram to recruit the least useful of the surgeon's sons.
-->'''Amaram:''' Lighteyed boys are recruited as early as eight or nine.\\
'''Lirin:''' For officer training! Not frontline soldiers!
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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