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25th Aug '16 6:17:46 AM Khathi
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' [[TheCaptain Captain]] Otto Midas is a rare positive example, though he technically ''isn't'' a REMF anymore at the time, being assigned to the frontlines and thus becoming something of a ModernMajorGeneral. Still he's AFatherToHisMen and, being [[BadassBureaucrat a skilled desk pilot]], he knows his strengths and limitations, steadfastely standing by his crew.
11th Aug '16 6:25:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted with Lawrence Waterhouse in ''{{Cryptonomicon}}''. Initially he finds himself assigned to a marching band, but that doesn't stop him from being present on one of the ships sunk in the Pearl Harbor attack. After reasignment it's discovered that he is a cryptography prodigy and therefore one of the most valuable assets in the whole second world war, and the military spares no effort to keep him as far from danger as possible. And yet, at one point he still ends up on a dangerous enigma machine recovery mission, because the remote listening station where he is stationed at that point holds the only unit close enough to an enemy submarine in trouble.
* Commissar Blenner from ''GauntsGhosts'' aspires to be such an officer, and he spends decades of his career in rear-echelon garrison positions (not entirely without merit -- while he's something of a NonActionGuy, his [[BunnyEarsLawyer skill with morale and managing the common soldiery]] is very real). Naturally this gets a lot tougher when he signs on with the Ghosts. In ''Salvation's Reach'', he unofficially places himself in charge of a detachment of the regiments' less combat-worthy elements, including their brand-new colors band, which nobody, himself included, wants to see in combat. They end up driving and escorting supply trucks up to the Ghosts' lines, which he explicitly points out is a way to make them feel useful without getting the lot of them killed.

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* Subverted with Lawrence Waterhouse in ''{{Cryptonomicon}}''.''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}''. Initially he finds himself assigned to a marching band, but that doesn't stop him from being present on one of the ships sunk in the Pearl Harbor attack. After reasignment it's discovered that he is a cryptography prodigy and therefore one of the most valuable assets in the whole second world war, and the military spares no effort to keep him as far from danger as possible. And yet, at one point he still ends up on a dangerous enigma machine recovery mission, because the remote listening station where he is stationed at that point holds the only unit close enough to an enemy submarine in trouble.
* Commissar Blenner from ''GauntsGhosts'' ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' aspires to be such an officer, and he spends decades of his career in rear-echelon garrison positions (not entirely without merit -- while he's something of a NonActionGuy, his [[BunnyEarsLawyer skill with morale and managing the common soldiery]] is very real). Naturally this gets a lot tougher when he signs on with the Ghosts. In ''Salvation's Reach'', he unofficially places himself in charge of a detachment of the regiments' less combat-worthy elements, including their brand-new colors band, which nobody, himself included, wants to see in combat. They end up driving and escorting supply trucks up to the Ghosts' lines, which he explicitly points out is a way to make them feel useful without getting the lot of them killed.



-->''If foot soldiers in Vietnam have a single obsession, it�s the gnawing, tantalizing hope of being assigned to a job in the rear. Anything to yank a man out of the field � loading helicopters or burning trash or washing the colonel�s laundry. [...] Except for one or two of them, the men in Alpha Company were quietly, flippantly desperate for a rear job. The desperation was there all the time. Walking along under the sun, pulling watch at night, waiting for resupply, writing love letters � we thought and talked about all the rear jobs waiting back there. We were not all cowards. But we were not committed, not resigned, to having to win a war.''

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-->''If foot soldiers in Vietnam have a single obsession, it�s it's the gnawing, tantalizing hope of being assigned to a job in the rear. Anything to yank a man out of the field -- loading helicopters or burning trash or washing the colonel�s colonel's laundry. [...] Except for one or two of them, the men in Alpha Company were quietly, flippantly desperate for a rear job. The desperation was there all the time. Walking along under the sun, pulling watch at night, waiting for resupply, writing love letters -- we thought and talked about all the rear jobs waiting back there. We were not all cowards. But we were not committed, not resigned, to having to win a war.''
11th Aug '16 6:24:27 AM Morgenthaler
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-->''If foot soldiers in Vietnam have a single obsession, itís the gnawing, tantalizing hope of being assigned to a job in the rear. Anything to yank a man out of the field ó loading helicopters or burning trash or washing the colonelís laundry. [...] Except for one or two of them, the men in Alpha Company were quietly, flippantly desperate for a rear job. The desperation was there all the time. Walking along under the sun, pulling watch at night, waiting for resupply, writing love letters ó we thought and talked about all the rear jobs waiting back there. We were not all cowards. But we were not committed, not resigned, to having to win a war.''

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-->''If foot soldiers in Vietnam have a single obsession, itís it�s the gnawing, tantalizing hope of being assigned to a job in the rear. Anything to yank a man out of the field ó loading helicopters or burning trash or washing the colonelís colonel�s laundry. [...] Except for one or two of them, the men in Alpha Company were quietly, flippantly desperate for a rear job. The desperation was there all the time. Walking along under the sun, pulling watch at night, waiting for resupply, writing love letters ó we thought and talked about all the rear jobs waiting back there. We were not all cowards. But we were not committed, not resigned, to having to win a war.''



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* ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'' had a famous strip in which Terry, having just gotten his fighter wings, is given a speech by his instructor who makes it clear that he expects Terry to treat his support crew like the supply pilots and mechanics with respect.

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* ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'' had a famous strip in which Terry, having just gotten his fighter wings, is given a speech by his instructor who makes it clear that he expects Terry to treat his support crew like the supply pilots and mechanics with respect.



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* In Finnish army, these people are known as '''töpinä'' (thumping) as they are seen nowhere, only thumping of their shoes is heard.
* In Swedish, the common term is ''kasernjägare''. ''Jägare'' literally means "hunter", but is used to denote units with special forces training (it is usually translated to "ranger"). In the Swedish armed forces, "jägare" are defined by their primary area of operations and/or their preferred way of fighting, for example "fjälljägare" (mountains) or "fallskärmsjägare" (parachute trained). ''Kasern'' means "barracks". Compare the English term "Chairborne Ranger".

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* In Finnish army, these people are known as '''töpinä'' (thumping) as they are seen nowhere, only thumping of their shoes is heard.
* In Swedish, the common term is ''kasernjägare''. ''Jägare'' literally means "hunter", but is used to denote units with special forces training (it is usually translated to "ranger"). In the Swedish armed forces, "jägare" are defined by their primary area of operations and/or their preferred way of fighting, for example "fjälljägare" (mountains) or "fallskärmsjägare" (parachute trained). ''Kasern'' means "barracks". Compare the English term "Chairborne Ranger".

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27th Jun '16 3:03:37 PM Qaianna
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** In a minor subversion, they choose warehouse duty, but not for its safety: it's because of how important supplies are to an army, and how much damage they can do by mishandling requisitions.
5th Jun '16 10:36:39 PM SantosLHalper
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* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' has [[TheNeidermeyer Corporal Himmelstoss]] - until he's sent to the front as punishment, after he overdid his [[TrainingFromHell usual training method]] on an especially unlucky bunch of recruits, one of whom turned out to be son of an important government official.

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* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' has [[TheNeidermeyer [[DrillSergeantNasty Corporal Himmelstoss]] - until he's sent to the front as punishment, after he overdid his [[TrainingFromHell usual training method]] on an especially unlucky bunch of recruits, one of whom turned out to be son of an important government official.
1st Jun '16 6:46:46 AM kquinn0830
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** Henry Jones, a [[EnsignNewbie green lieutenant]], fresh out of [[MilitaryAcademy West Point]], showed up late in the war, desperate for field experience. Everyone smirked at him and hoped he didn't get anyone killed. After one sortie across a river, he was promoted because he was related to someone and everyone shrugged it off.

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** Henry Jones, a [[EnsignNewbie green lieutenant]], fresh out of [[MilitaryAcademy West Point]], showed up late in the war, desperate for field experience. Everyone smirked at him and hoped he didn't get anyone killed. After one sortie across a river, he was promoted because he was related slated to someone serve in the post-war officers corps and everyone shrugged it off.
26th May '16 1:59:13 AM Chabal2
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** Some of the books touch on the 597's Third Company, which (while trained for infantry fighting) are mostly specialists, such as medical staff, quartermasters, and the regimental colors band. They do see action from time to time, such as during ''The Traitor's Hand'' when a Chaos dropship lands in headquarters, and acquit themselves well, all things considered.

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** Some of the books touch on the 597's Third Company, which (while trained for infantry fighting) are mostly specialists, such as medical staff, quartermasters, and the regimental colors band. They do see action from time to time, such as during ''The Traitor's Hand'' when a Chaos dropship lands in headquarters, and acquit themselves well, all things considered.considered (Jenit Sulla, a quartermaster, ended up becoming the first Lady General, the highest military rank in the Guard).
8th Apr '16 4:49:31 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Subverted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' by the Stewards and Builders of the Nights Watch. The Rangers do most of the fighting, but the other two groups are trained warriors as well, and, while some Rangers look down on the Stewards, and it's generally seen as the least prestigious of the three, most of the Nights Watch realise that, at the Wall, the guys who make sure everyone has food and fire are very important.

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* Subverted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' by ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': In the Night's Watch, the Rangers are the ones who venture beyond the Wall to fight wildlings, while the the Stewards and Builders of stay behind and get much less prestige. When Jon is assigned to the Nights Watch. The Rangers do most of Stewards rather than the fighting, but Rangers, he's extremely disappointed. He complains that rather than face wildlings in battle, he'll be changing the other two groups are trained warriors as well, and, while some Rangers look down on the Stewards, and it's generally seen as the least prestigious of the three, most of the Nights Watch realise that, at the Wall, the guys who Lord Commander's chamber pot. It takes Sam to make sure everyone has food and fire are very important.him realize that the Lord Commander is grooming him for command.
5th Mar '16 9:23:33 PM nombretomado
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* During World War II, CaptainAmerica had the secret identity of a clumsy infantry private who'd get stuck at the rear.

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* During World War II, CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica had the secret identity of a clumsy infantry private who'd get stuck at the rear.
29th Feb '16 7:07:02 AM LazyHunter
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** The PMC Green Moss looked down on a Legitimacy Kingdom force because they were soft from only supporting Objects while Green Moss had been fighting actual soldiers for years. Their commanding officer is enraged when some of her soldiers are killed by Quenser, viewing it as undignified. As far as Quenser can tell she doesn't really view him or his unit as human beings due to this trope.

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** The PMC Moss Green Moss looked down on a Legitimacy Kingdom force because they were soft from only supporting Objects while Moss Green Moss had been fighting trained to fight actual soldiers for years.in the Northern European Restricted Zone, where Objects are forbidden to enter by international treaties. Their commanding officer is enraged when some of her soldiers are killed by Quenser, viewing it as undignified. As far as Quenser can tell she doesn't really view him or his unit as human beings due to this trope.
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