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24th Sep '16 8:47:59 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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*** Celestial Being. Justified that the organization a irregular private militia, many of its members are non-military, and it's people are [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]].

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*** Celestial Being. Justified that the organization a is an irregular private militia, many of its members are non-military, and it's its people are [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric]].
24th Sep '16 6:01:18 PM thatmadork
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** Played totally straight by the Craftworld Eldar, however. Though your average Aspect Warrior or Guardian will defer to the advice of an [[FourStarBadass Autarch]], a [[CombatClairvoyance Farseer]] or an [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Exarch]], they have no rigid ranking structure as we understand. The PsychicLink they all share seems to compensate.
22nd Sep '16 3:39:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Frequently played with in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels. Most of Cain's actual job description as a commissar consists of maintaining regimental discipline, but he's relatively laid-back about it since he's a decent guy who favors results over ironclad adherence to rules and regs. This especially includes his aide Ferik Jurgen, a [[ThePigpen perpetually stinky and disheveled]] artilleryman whose surprising competence, literal-mindedness, and [[AntiMagic being a blank]] have saved Cain's ass many times. In ''Cain's Last Stand'', though, even Cain rolls his eyes at some PDF fighter pilots who get a little carried away in a target-rich environment and have to be reminded what part of the enemy fleet they're supposed to be attacking.

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* Frequently played with in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels. Most of Cain's actual job description as a commissar consists of maintaining regimental discipline, but he's relatively laid-back about it since he's a decent guy who favors results over ironclad adherence to rules and regs. This especially includes his aide Ferik Jurgen, a [[ThePigpen perpetually stinky and disheveled]] artilleryman whose surprising competence, literal-mindedness, and [[AntiMagic being a blank]] have saved Cain's ass many times. In ''Cain's Last Stand'', though, even Cain rolls his eyes at some PDF fighter pilots who get a little carried away in a target-rich environment and have to be reminded what part of the enemy fleet they're supposed to be attacking. Cain's relatively lax attitude (and redeploying a company without specific orders but in accordance with strategic objectives) actually causes another commissar to drag him in front of a tribunal in ''The Traitor's Hand''; the tribunal sided with Cain, and the Commissar in question ended up being investigated himself for wasting everyone's time.
22nd Sep '16 3:30:53 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* The ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series, to a degree at least. The protagonist, Willard Phule Jr., is put in charge of the Space Legion's Omega Unit - the unit where "discipline problems" and other misfits are sent.[[note]]He displayed initiative and captured an enemy leader, unfortunately he didn't know there was a truce on. So they promoted him and ''and'' put him in charge of their worst outfit.[[/note]] Things are very casual, even after he turns them around, but they do know which procedures need to be followed and which ones they can get away with ignoring (or just paying superficial attention to), and they make a point of showing their detractors that they ''can'' and ''do'' follow procedure to the letter when it counts.

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* The ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' series, to a degree at least. The protagonist, Willard Phule Jr., is put in charge of the Space Legion's Omega Unit - the unit where "discipline problems" and other misfits are sent.[[note]]He displayed initiative and captured an enemy leader, unfortunately he didn't know there was a truce on. So they promoted him and ''and'' put him in charge of their worst outfit.[[/note]] Things are very casual, even after he turns them around, but they do know which procedures need to be followed and which ones they can get away with ignoring (or just paying superficial attention to), and they make a point of showing their detractors that they ''can'' and ''do'' follow procedure to the letter when it counts. Omega company isn't actually that unusual in terms of this trope, however; the Legion is loosely organized (the uniform is officially "something black" for example) and largely consists of people who didn't make the cut for the regular army.
16th Sep '16 5:20:44 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Although NERV is a semi-military organization, the staff is pretty informal and laid-back.
28th Aug '16 9:11:48 PM KomodoClassic
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\n* ''PowerRangersSPD'' features Space Patrol Delta, a military/police organization that primarily acts as law enforcement and fights off attacks on Earth. The Rangers are ranked as cadets, there's a distinct and rigid chain of command, and in at least once case, a cadet is demoted for conduct unbecoming of his rank. However, the Rangers are given a lot of leeway when it comes to personal shenanigans and quirks--which is good, because they have a lot of them.

12th Aug '16 4:06:51 PM ShorinBJ
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* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', the team is split into two groups. On the one side, you've got Coulson, May, and Ward, three professional SHIELD agents who are used to giving and taking orders. On the other side, you've got [[TheDividual Fitz-Simmons]] and Skye, the first two being a pair of quirky scientists who act like they share a brain, and Skye being a BoxedCrook who was living out of her car. On the first mission where they all go into the field together, Skye breaks radio silence to ask Ward about the bathroom issues that arise when they're not allowed to leave the van.

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* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', the team is split into two groups. On the one side, you've got Coulson, May, and Ward, three professional SHIELD agents who are used to giving and taking orders. On the other side, you've got [[TheDividual Fitz-Simmons]] and Skye, the first two being a pair of quirky scientists who act like they share a brain, and Skye being a BoxedCrook who was living out of her car. On the first mission where they all go into the field together, Skye breaks radio silence to ask Ward about the bathroom issues that arise when they're not allowed to leave the van. They don't even have ranks, per se; just security clearance levels.
12th Aug '16 4:04:02 PM ShorinBJ
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* Terry Belfleur and his fellow "Marines" in ''Series/TrueBlood''. They don't look or act like Marines. After his tour in Iraq, Terry is still a private,although this is never explained. In the flashback sequences, Terry appears to be about 40 years old, in need of a shave and haircut, and his whole team is just one big group of war criminals.

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* Terry Belfleur Bellefleur and his fellow "Marines" in ''Series/TrueBlood''. They don't look or act like Marines. After his tour in Iraq, Terry is still a private,although private, although this is never explained. In the flashback sequences, Terry appears to be about 40 years old, in need of a shave and haircut, and his whole team is just one big group of war criminals.
12th Aug '16 4:03:18 PM ShorinBJ
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** Potter, an old-time regular army officer with forty years' experience, knew this well enough and ran his command of civilian-minded conscripts intelligently rather than strictly according to the rulebook. This was something [[TheNeidermeyer Major Frank Burns]] never understood, and which contributed to his mental breakdown.

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** Potter, an old-time regular army officer with forty over thirty years' experience, knew this well enough and ran his command of civilian-minded conscripts intelligently rather than strictly according to the rulebook. This was something [[TheNeidermeyer Major Frank Burns]] never understood, and which contributed to his mental breakdown.
12th Aug '16 4:01:11 PM ShorinBJ
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** Giving civilian conscripts the rank of Army Captain on arrival will do that (most Army [=MDs=] hold the rank of Captain or higher, or did during the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar). Somewhat based on RealLife, as military units based around specialist support instead of combat tend to become the military equivalent of a BunnyEarsLawyer.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d during an episode when a Colonel who felt he'd been poorly treated (having to wait until critical cases were attended to before his minor wound was dressed) assigned an undercover operative to gather dirt on how Colonel Potter ran the unit without adhering to strict military protocol. When the man was found out and observed that "From a military standpoint, things are pretty loose around here," Potter shot back "Maybe. But from a ''human'' standpoint, they're plenty tight."

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** Giving civilian conscripts the rank of Army Captain on arrival will do that (most Army [=MDs=] hold the rank of Captain or higher, or did during the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar). Somewhat based on RealLife, as military units based around specialist support instead of combat tend to become the military equivalent of a BunnyEarsLawyer.
BunnyEarsLawyer. Simply put, the military needs them more than they need the military, so trying to make them toe the line just isn't worth it.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d during an episode when a Colonel who felt he'd been poorly treated (having to wait until critical cases were attended to before his minor wound was dressed) assigned an undercover operative to gather dirt on how Colonel Potter ran the unit without adhering to strict military protocol. When the man was found out and observed that "From a military standpoint, things are pretty loose around here," Potter BJ shot back "Maybe. But from back, "From a ''human'' standpoint, they're plenty pretty tight."
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