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14th May '17 10:38:59 AM nombretomado
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* In the Franchise/StarCraft [[ExpandedUniverse novel]] ''[[StartOfDarkness I, Mengsk]]'', the protagonist Arcturus Mengsk joins the marines, after the recruiter, a gorgeous captain, told him recruits have a 25% chance of seeing combat. She later mentioned, after he becomes a lieutenant and is about to see combat for the first time, that most recruits never pass basic training or even die or are badly maimed in training. The chances of a ''successful'' recruit seeing combat is nearly 100%.

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* In the Franchise/StarCraft ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' [[ExpandedUniverse novel]] ''[[StartOfDarkness I, Mengsk]]'', the protagonist Arcturus Mengsk joins the marines, after the recruiter, a gorgeous captain, told him recruits have a 25% chance of seeing combat. She later mentioned, after he becomes a lieutenant and is about to see combat for the first time, that most recruits never pass basic training or even die or are badly maimed in training. The chances of a ''successful'' recruit seeing combat is nearly 100%.
9th May '17 3:19:52 AM LB7979
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* Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet: Judy, an undercover cop, has an interview at the P.R. department of the police, who make it seem it is a glamorous job. When she gets the job, it turns out to consist of her having to wear a [[GoofySuit milk carton suit]] and helping children cross the road. [[spoiler:The only reason she applied for the job in the first place, was that Jump Street was disbanded, but luckily the program and team was continued again, and she quickly and happily returned to Jump Street]].
2nd Jan '17 11:32:18 AM StarSword
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2nd Jan '17 11:28:41 AM StarSword
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* ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'' [[http://terminallance.com/2010/04/09/terminal-lance-28-false-advertising/ #28: "False Advertising"]]. First panel: Marine grunt in combat. Second panel: Three Marines in dress uniform with ceremonial rifles, with the "The Few. The Proud." recruiting slogan across it. Third panel: Guy in fatigues standing in front of a recruiting poster with a mop. TheRant even says that "making fun of the cheesy recruiting commercials is one of the favorite pass times ''[sic]'' of Marines."
--> '''Mop guy:''' Well, anything seems cool if you say it like that...
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10th Sep '16 1:57:12 AM eroock
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13th Aug '16 10:16:32 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Some recruitment commercials can get a little absurd, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62tnJtLBQzQ like this one]]. (Hopefully, no recruits take such things seriously.)
13th Aug '16 10:13:27 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** This is the whole point of the old army song "Gee Mom, I Want To Go Home". Each verse has two lines relating what recruits are told, followed by an exaggerated description of the fact. For example:
-->''The biscuits in the Army''
-->''They say are mighty fine,
-->''One rolled off the table,''
-->''And killed a pal of mine.''
14th Mar '16 7:55:25 PM Willbyr
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10th Mar '16 1:45:15 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' features an over-the-top parody example of this, who grabs Bill at the start of the book/series. And then [[spoiler: a DistantFinale shows that Bill ends his military career as an ethics-free recruiting sergeant himself.]]

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* ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' (a specific parody of ''Starship Troopers'') features an over-the-top parody example of this, who grabs Bill at the start of the book/series. And then [[spoiler: a DistantFinale shows that Bill ends his military career as an ethics-free recruiting sergeant himself.]]
7th Mar '16 9:56:32 AM justanid
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A sister trope to JoinTheArmyTheySaid, which is about the recruitment pitches themselves, although the {{Stock Phrase|s}} itself is likely to be used in regard to this trope. It is worth noting that not all recruiters are like this, but amongst the military, they can have a reputation not entirely unlike that of HonestJohnsDealership. See also FencePainting.

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A sister trope to JoinTheArmyTheySaid, which is about the recruitment pitches themselves, although the {{Stock Phrase|s}} itself is likely to be used in regard to this trope. It is worth noting that not all recruiters are like this, but amongst the military, they can have a reputation not entirely unlike that of HonestJohnsDealership.HonestJohnsDealership.

Compare with PropagandaMachine.
See also FencePainting.



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