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24th Jan '17 12:18:21 AM Nazetrime
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* For all intents and purposes, Emil from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' is this. He's been in the army for less than two years at the start of the story and his crewmates are either more than a decade older or ChildSoldiers all grown up. His pre-story job was in a DemolitionsExpert unit, which means he never fought a troll up close before Chapter 3. He proves himself quite quickly, and the "being a newbie to things encountered by the crew" slack gets picked up by a non-immune civilian stowaway.

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* For all intents and purposes, Emil from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' is this. He's been in the army for less than two years at the start of the story and his crewmates are either more than a decade older or ChildSoldiers all grown up. His pre-story job was in a DemolitionsExpert unit, which means he never fought a troll up close before Chapter 3. He proves himself quite quickly, and While the "being team quickly picks up a newbie LittleStowaway who has even less real world experience than Emil in many aspects, he also tends to stick with the non-combatants, making Emil the one who is gradually discovering the harsh truths on the combat side of things encountered by over the crew" slack gets picked up by a non-immune civilian stowaway.course of the story.
14th Jan '17 1:24:11 PM StFan
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Also known as '''Fresh Meat'''. Still wet behind the ears and fresh out of boot camp, the New Meat may look like a soldier, but he lacks the combat experience to actually perform up to the fighting standard of TheSquad. Generally young; some men may characterize him as [[ChildSoldiers a child]].

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Also known as '''Fresh Meat'''."Fresh Meat". Still wet behind the ears and fresh out of boot camp, the New Meat may look like a soldier, but he lacks the combat experience to actually perform up to the fighting standard of TheSquad. Generally young; some men may characterize him as [[ChildSoldiers a child]].



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* Corporal Upham, the translator brought along in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. Not because he's new to the Army, but because his primary duties keep him away from the front lines and he's never fired his weapon since basic training. Which totally justifies his HeroicBSOD.
** [[spoiler:Ends up avenging Cpt. Miller's death, as well as being one of only two members from the original team to survive the mission.]]

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* Corporal Upham, the translator brought along in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. Not because he's new to the Army, but because his primary duties keep him away from the front lines and he's never fired his weapon since basic training. Which totally justifies his HeroicBSOD.
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HeroicBSOD. [[spoiler:Ends up avenging Cpt. Miller's death, as well as being one of only two members from the original team to survive the mission.]]



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* Showed up on ''{{Adam12}}'' from time to time. Reed himself was this toward the beginning, but later, a few eps had other rookies as one-off characters (though they usually didn't die.)

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* Showed up on ''{{Adam12}}'' ''Series/Adam12'' from time to time. Reed himself was this toward the beginning, but later, a few eps had other rookies as one-off characters (though they usually didn't die.)






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* The episode "Rookies" of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' provides the current page quote.
** In TheMovie, Rex was quick to point it out to Ahsoka, that even if she does technically outrank him, she -as opposed to him- doesn't have any experience, which is far more important in battle.

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* The episode "Rookies" of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' provides the current page quote.
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quote. In TheMovie, Rex was quick to point it out to Ahsoka, that even if she does technically outrank him, she -as -- as opposed to him- him -- doesn't have any experience, which is far more important in battle.



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11th Dec '16 10:13:04 AM Nazetrime
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* For all intents and purposes, Emil from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' is this. He's been in the army for less than two years at the start of the story and his crewmates are either more than a decade older or ChildSoldiers all grown up. His pre-story job was in a DemolitionsExpert unit, which means he never fought a troll up close before Chapter 3. He proves himself quite quickly, and the "being a newbie to thing encountered by the crew" slack gets picked up by a non-immune civilian stowaway.

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* For all intents and purposes, Emil from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' is this. He's been in the army for less than two years at the start of the story and his crewmates are either more than a decade older or ChildSoldiers all grown up. His pre-story job was in a DemolitionsExpert unit, which means he never fought a troll up close before Chapter 3. He proves himself quite quickly, and the "being a newbie to thing things encountered by the crew" slack gets picked up by a non-immune civilian stowaway.
11th Dec '16 10:10:39 AM Nazetrime
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* For all intents and purposes, Emil from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' is this. He's been in the army for less than two years at the start of the story and his crewmates are either more than a decade older or ChildSoldiers all grown up. His pre-story job was in a DemolitionsExpert unit, which means he never fought a troll up close before Chapter 3. He proves himself quite quickly, and the "being a newbie to thing encountered by the crew" slack gets picked up by a non-immune civilian stowaway.
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7th Dec '16 7:37:16 PM DustSnitch
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** Interestingly, in real life, Selection is a brutally difficult training and weeding-out process, and soldiers that get through it are considered by the rest of the world military ''incredibly'' BadAss. Of course everyone else in the unit passed it too, so to Price and Gaz Soap's nothing special. NewMeat status is relative.

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** Interestingly, in real life, Selection is a brutally difficult training and weeding-out process, and soldiers that get through it are considered by the rest of the world military ''incredibly'' BadAss.badass. Of course everyone else in the unit passed it too, so to Price and Gaz Soap's nothing special. NewMeat status is relative.
7th Dec '16 2:31:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* Benjamin Carmine in ''GearsOfWar 2'', who actually ends up [[spoiler:surviving a lot longer than his (presumably more experienced) brother Anthony did in the first game]].

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* Benjamin Carmine in ''GearsOfWar ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'', who actually ends up [[spoiler:surviving a lot longer than his (presumably more experienced) brother Anthony did in the first game]].



* Parodied (along with ''every'' other war trope) in ''CannonFodder'', with the New Meat forming an orderly queue in front of Boot Hill as it ([[NintendoHard rapidly]]) becomes covered in gravestones.

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* Parodied (along with ''every'' other war trope) in ''CannonFodder'', ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'', with the New Meat forming an orderly queue in front of Boot Hill as it ([[NintendoHard rapidly]]) becomes covered in gravestones.



* The "Recruit" background for Mike in ''AlphaProtocol'' will have him with barely three months of experience, as opposed to being a talented soldier, experienced black ops guy, or a skilled tech user. Gameplay wise, you start out with no points to invest in your skills, making Mike seem like something of an ActionSurvivor.

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* The "Recruit" background for Mike in ''AlphaProtocol'' ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' will have him with barely three months of experience, as opposed to being a talented soldier, experienced black ops guy, or a skilled tech user. Gameplay wise, you start out with no points to invest in your skills, making Mike seem like something of an ActionSurvivor.



* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'',

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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'',
7th Dec '16 2:30:26 PM Morgenthaler
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** While there are many {{Badass}} Pandaren warriors of various classes and specialties, most of the new recruits are this. In Shado-Pan Monastery, an event before the second boss involves you (non-lethally) taking down 20 Shado-Pan Initiates, who fixate on random party members, but are generally not a threat even for healers or cloth wearers given how quickly they are defeated. In one Golden Lotus daily quest, you have to fight against 20 trainees, each of whom have about a tenth of the health of the common enemies throughout the zones. The questgiver for the latter laments that the trainees are too weak to be relied on in any sense.

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** While there are many {{Badass}} badass Pandaren warriors of various classes and specialties, most of the new recruits are this. In Shado-Pan Monastery, an event before the second boss involves you (non-lethally) taking down 20 Shado-Pan Initiates, who fixate on random party members, but are generally not a threat even for healers or cloth wearers given how quickly they are defeated. In one Golden Lotus daily quest, you have to fight against 20 trainees, each of whom have about a tenth of the health of the common enemies throughout the zones. The questgiver for the latter laments that the trainees are too weak to be relied on in any sense.
19th Oct '16 4:48:34 AM Morgenthaler
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** In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} SpaceWolf novel ''Grey Hunter'', Ragnor presses into battle with young Marines. The sight of them makes him wonder whether he had ever looked as green to his superiors -- and conclude that he had. (Though a long time ago.)

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** In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} SpaceWolf Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Grey Hunter'', Ragnor presses into battle with young Marines. The sight of them makes him wonder whether he had ever looked as green to his superiors -- and conclude that he had. (Though a long time ago.)



* Poor, poor {{Havemercy}}'s Balfour, who has been subject to the other Airmen's harsh treatment, especially [[JerkJock Rook's]], even ''after'' he became an integral part of their ranks.

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* Poor, poor {{Havemercy}}'s Literature/{{Havemercy}}'s Balfour, who has been subject to the other Airmen's harsh treatment, especially [[JerkJock Rook's]], even ''after'' he became an integral part of their ranks.
16th Oct '16 10:05:14 AM nombretomado
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* Pretty much the new recruits in the ''FinalFantasyTactics'' series. They join the party with no items equipped, no abilities mastered, and may be underleveled depending on the party's average level. By ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', new recruits come with basic armor and a basic weapon that teaches them their first ability for their job.
* Initiate Reddins in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}, who made the tragic mistake of not realizing that when several heavy, explosion-like sounds go off right next to you, you should probably move. Periphary text within the game notes that her funeral got canceled. Harsh.

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* Pretty much the new recruits in the ''FinalFantasyTactics'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' series. They join the party with no items equipped, no abilities mastered, and may be underleveled depending on the party's average level. By ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', new recruits come with basic armor and a basic weapon that teaches them their first ability for their job.
* Initiate Reddins in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', who made the tragic mistake of not realizing that when several heavy, explosion-like sounds go off right next to you, you should probably move. Periphary text within the game notes that her funeral got canceled. Harsh.
15th Aug '16 5:39:04 PM htuttle
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* Every squad has a brave soldier who has to open the UFO doors and take a ton of reaction fire when you're raiding crashed alien ships in ''XCom: UFO Defense''. ''This'' is that soldier. The rest are likely of a rank no lower than Sergeant.
** In all the ''X-Com'' games, every soldier starts off as New Meat, and usually not very good New Meat. The few soldiers that manage to survive the first few missions (in which they are completely unarmoured and wielding peashooters) generally ascend to godhood in terms of ability by the end of the game. Except that, due to variable overflow, any stat growing over 255 will be lowered to (X-255). That means your god-like unit having 2 movement points, or fainting from low stamina.
** The same applies to ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'', ''X-Com's'' Main/SpiritualSuccessor, although the stat maxima are considerably lower.

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* Every squad has a brave soldier who has to open the UFO doors and take a ton of reaction fire when you're raiding crashed alien ships in ''XCom: UFO Defense''.''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense''. ''This'' is that soldier. The rest are likely of a rank no lower than Sergeant.
** In all the ''X-Com'' ''X-COM'' games, every soldier starts off as New Meat, and usually not very good New Meat. The few soldiers that manage to survive the first few missions (in which they are completely unarmoured and wielding peashooters) generally ascend to godhood in terms of ability by the end of the game. Except that, due to variable overflow, any stat growing over 255 will be lowered to (X-255). That means your god-like unit having 2 movement points, or fainting from low stamina.
** The same applies to ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'', ''X-Com's'' ''X-COM's'' Main/SpiritualSuccessor, although the stat maxima are considerably lower.
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