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24th Mar '18 4:27:59 AM JackG
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* During the debate against positive discrimination in education this trope has inevitably been raised. Supporters of positive discrimination point out that standards have already been lowered whenever a student has sporting talent that a university or college can utilize for its own team.
24th Mar '18 4:24:57 AM JackG
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** An interesting take on this is when the US military started mass recruitment during WW1, they discovered a large percentage were below acceptable standards on UsefulNotes/IQTesting. This forced the authorities to confront the fact that the IQ test itself was skewed by education and cultural bias.
24th Mar '18 4:15:34 AM JackG
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* This trope is the premise behind the original ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movie. The mayor instituted the policy, and a resentful chief of police cooks up a plan to make the new cadets so miserable they quit.

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* This trope is the premise behind the original ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movie. The mayor instituted the policy, policy as a political move (apparently aimed at achieving racial and social equality, but [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits all kinds of oddballs end up joining]]), and a resentful chief of police cooks up a plan to make the new cadets so miserable they quit.
26th Jan '18 11:25:54 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* Defied by Chief of Staff Rumford in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', who wants to keep the standards of the [[StateSec Christian Marines]] high, since they are supposed to serve as the elite vanguard of the revolution. Even once casualties begin to mount, he sticks to the old formulas, demanding that recruits should not just be military men in good standing, but also [[WarriorPoet men of culture devoted to the philosophical heritage of Christianity and Western Civilization]]. If the Christian Marines ever lose sight of what they are fighting for and why, they are worse than useless in any case; a few true believers are far better than a whole regiment of conscripts.
15th Jan '18 7:00:02 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheBridge'': Seven teenaged German boys are thrown into combat in the Western Front in the last days of World War II, after exactly one day of training. Tragedy ensues.

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* ''Film/TheBridge'': ''Film/{{The Bridge|1959}}'': Seven teenaged German boys are thrown into combat in the Western Front in the last days of World War II, after exactly one day of training. Tragedy ensues.
11th Jan '18 10:07:33 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheBridge'': Seven teenaged German boys are thrown into combat in the Western Front in the last days of World War II, after exactly one day of training. Tragedy ensues.



** The Germans had to depend on this more and more as the war turned against them. One of the first examples were the ''Luftwaffe'' Field Divisions, which essentially took auxiliary and non-essential air force personnel and pressed them into frontline service. Their battle prowess was about as good as you can expect. By 1944, anyone who was previously declared "medically unfit" was allowed to join the ''Wehrmacht''. At the end of the war, the ''Volkssturm'' was the ultimate result of this. With the ''Wehrmacht'' essentially tapped for any reserves, the Nazis began to conscript anyone who wasn't already in uniform to fight against the Red Army. The majority of ''Volkssturm'' members were old men (many of whom were veterans of the First World War) and children from the Hitler Youth, who were far more fanatical than their older comrades.

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** The Germans had to depend on this more and more as the war turned against them. One of the first examples were the ''Luftwaffe'' Field Divisions, which essentially took auxiliary and non-essential air force personnel and pressed them into frontline service. Their battle prowess was about as good as you can expect. [[note]]At the Battle of the Seelow Heights outside of Berlin in April 1945, the Luftwaffe soldiers were some of the first to break and run.[[/note]] By 1944, anyone who was previously declared "medically unfit" was allowed to join the ''Wehrmacht''. At the end of the war, the ''Volkssturm'' was the ultimate result of this. With the ''Wehrmacht'' essentially tapped for any reserves, the Nazis began to conscript anyone who wasn't already in uniform to fight against the Red Army. The majority of ''Volkssturm'' members were old men (many of whom were veterans of the First World War) and children from the Hitler Youth, who were far more fanatical than their older comrades.
30th Nov '17 8:40:09 AM ElodieHiras
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* Going by the backstories of the XCOM soldiers from ''VideoGame/{{XCOM2}}'', this clearly happened between ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' where soldiers recruited by the titular Extraterrestrial Combat Unit actually were trained soldiers fighting an AlienInvasion, while in the later game XCOM is basically LaResistance against a VichyEarth and the requirements to qualify for XCOM duty are "Do you hate the alien overlords?" and "can you hold a rifle somewhat straight?".
21st Nov '17 5:24:24 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex 2nd Gig'' Batou considers lowering Section 9's recruitment standards when it looks like they might be drastically outnumbered.



** For the most part averted 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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** For the most part averted 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 Though on some planets like Cadia and [[DeathWorld Catachan]] 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.
25th Aug '17 6:45:44 PM nombretomado
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* SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn invoked this during the Soviet-German War. Entire categories of people who had been barred from combat-roles (socialist- and liberal-sympathisers, central Asians, petty criminals), or from military service (women) were suddenly conscripted, trained, and pressed into logistics and frontline roles. Upon the war's outbreak the UsefulNotes/RedArmy had been entirely male, mostly Russian, and quite strictly Communist. Upon its end the Army was only 9/10 male, less than half-Russian, and embraced all flavours of the left-wing rainbow. This couldn't last, however, with the women and less orthodox members being quietly removed in post-war years.

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* SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn invoked this during the Soviet-German War. Entire categories of people who had been barred from combat-roles (socialist- and liberal-sympathisers, central Asians, petty criminals), or from military service (women) were suddenly conscripted, trained, and pressed into logistics and frontline roles. Upon the war's outbreak the UsefulNotes/RedArmy had been entirely male, mostly Russian, and quite strictly Communist. Upon its end the Army was only 9/10 male, less than half-Russian, and embraced all flavours of the left-wing rainbow. This couldn't last, however, with the women and less orthodox members being quietly removed in post-war years.
24th Jul '17 9:24:41 PM jamespolk
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* ''Literature/{{Andersonville}}'': Andersonville POWCamp is hastily constructed to hold Union prisoners at a time when the Confederacy is running out of men. Andersonville commandant Henry Wirz is not happy that his command consists of halfwits and rejects, the elderly and teenaged boys. For that matter Wirz himself got the command because he is unfit for combat after suffering his wound at Seven Pines.
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