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19th Apr '18 1:55:57 AM zequeins
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** The Death Korps of Krieg are such MartyrdomCulture due to trying to atone for past misdeeds, that Commissars assigned to the Korps are said to have never executed any of them, and instead had to ''rein in'' their tendency to perform [[SenselessSacrifice Senseless]] or StupidSacrifice. When the Commissars actually tell you to stay alive, you know your priorities are... interesting.
18th Feb '18 11:09:41 AM nombretomado
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* The [[RedOctober Civil War-era]] Red Army is the Trope Codifier for these guys. They also played a large role early during WWII, only to be deactivated in 1942 when a reliable structure of regular commanding officers was finally established. Later the guys were renamed "zampolits" (political assistants) or "politruks" (political guides) and became little more than advisors to commanding officers and lectors on Communism among soldiers. After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, they were further nerfed and now are known as "educator officers", completely depoliticized and acting more like army psychologists than anything else.

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* The [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Civil War-era]] Red Army is the Trope Codifier for these guys. They also played a large role early during WWII, only to be deactivated in 1942 when a reliable structure of regular commanding officers was finally established. Later the guys were renamed "zampolits" (political assistants) or "politruks" (political guides) and became little more than advisors to commanding officers and lectors on Communism among soldiers. After TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, they were further nerfed and now are known as "educator officers", completely depoliticized and acting more like army psychologists than anything else.
23rd Dec '17 11:33:50 AM AgProv
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* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser explains, in ''Series/McAuslan'',, in a vivid and memorable way, exactly why the British Army doesn't have political officers and why if it did they would prove utterly ineffectual. "Orientation" of soldiers tends to be insisted on by [[theBrigadier out of touch senior officers]] who express shock and consternation at the lack of political acumen of the Other Ranks. And who consequently demansd the troops be steered with at least ''some'' awareness of why they are in uniform, and the social and cultural values that they are defending. "Orientation", in practice, tended to be led by dogsbody junior officers who were not especially good at it. It also tended to happen as the last scheduled duty of the week on a Friday, when most men'd thoughts turn to weekend leave. And as Fraser's alter ego Lieutenant Dand [=McNeill=] discovered, trying to explain the history of the Reformation and religious dissent (upon which Scottish liberty is based) to an udience drawn equally from Glasgow Protestants and Glasgow Catholics led to a massive pitched brawl. [=McNeill=] also observed that no soldier on earth has a bullshit detector more acutely tuned than the British, as well as a strong aversion to being told what to think.

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* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser explains, in ''Series/McAuslan'',, in a vivid and memorable way, exactly why the British Army doesn't have political officers and why if it did they would prove utterly ineffectual. "Orientation" of soldiers tends to be insisted on by [[theBrigadier [[TheBrigadier out of touch senior officers]] who express shock and consternation at the lack of political acumen of the Other Ranks. And who consequently demansd the troops be steered with at least ''some'' awareness of why they are in uniform, and of the social and cultural values that they are defending. "Orientation", in practice, tended to be led by dogsbody junior officers who were not especially good at it. It also tended to happen as the last scheduled duty of the week on a Friday, when most men'd thoughts turn to weekend leave. And as Fraser's alter ego Lieutenant Dand [=McNeill=] discovered, trying to explain the history of the Reformation and religious dissent (upon which Scottish liberty is based) to an udience drawn equally from Glasgow Protestants and Glasgow Catholics led to a massive pitched brawl. [=McNeill=] also observed that no soldier on earth has a bullshit detector more acutely tuned than the British, as well as a strong aversion to being told what to think.
23rd Dec '17 11:33:05 AM AgProv
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* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser explains, in ''Series/McAuslan'',, in a vivid and memorable way, exactly why the British Army doesn't have political officers and why if it did they would prove utterly ineffectual. "Orientation" of soldiers tends to be insisted on by [[theBrigadier out of touch senior officers]] who express shock and consternation at the lack of political acumen of the Other Ranks. And who consequently demansd the troops be steered with at least ''some'' awareness of why they are in uniform, and the social and cultural values that they are defending. "Orientation", in practice, tended to be led by dogsbody junior officers who were not especially good at it. It also tended to happen as the last scheduled duty of the week on a Friday, when most men'd thoughts turn to weekend leave. And as Fraser's alter ego Lieutenant Dand [=McNeill=] discovered, trying to explain the history of the Reformation and religious dissent (upon which Scottish liberty is based) to an udience drawn equally from Glasgow Protestants and Glasgow Catholics led to a massive pitched brawl. [=McNeill=] also observed that no soldier on earth has a bullshit detector more acutely tuned than the British, as well as a strong aversion to being told what to think.
22nd Nov '17 6:06:29 AM mquinn1984
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* The ''Literature/{{FallenEmpire}}'' novella "Discovery and Flight" features a political officer who both functions as a morale officer and loyalty inspector and (possibly) a spy on his superiors. To his credit, he [[spoiler:spends the battle comprising most of the novella encouraging the gunnery crews at great risk to his own life.]]

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* The ''Literature/{{FallenEmpire}}'' ''Literature/{{Fallen Empire}}'' novella "Discovery and Flight" features a political officer who both functions as a morale officer and loyalty inspector and (possibly) a spy on his superiors. To his credit, he [[spoiler:spends the battle comprising most of the novella encouraging the gunnery crews at great risk to his own life.]]
22nd Nov '17 6:05:44 AM mquinn1984
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* The ''Literature/{{FallenEmpire}} novella "Discovery and Flight" features a political officer who both functions as a morale officer and loyalty inspector and (possibly) a spy on his superiors. To his credit, he [[spoiler:spends the battle comprising most of the novella with the gunnery crews at great risk to his own life.]]

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* The ''Literature/{{FallenEmpire}} ''Literature/{{FallenEmpire}}'' novella "Discovery and Flight" features a political officer who both functions as a morale officer and loyalty inspector and (possibly) a spy on his superiors. To his credit, he [[spoiler:spends the battle comprising most of the novella with encouraging the gunnery crews at great risk to his own life.]]
22nd Nov '17 6:04:24 AM mquinn1984
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* The ''Literature/{{FallenEmpire}} novella "Discovery and Flight" features a political officer who both functions as a morale officer and loyalty inspector and (possibly) a spy on his superiors. To his credit, he [[spoiler:spends the battle comprising most of the novella with the gunnery crews at great risk to his own life.]]
3rd Nov '17 4:15:37 PM rigpig
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* Tom Sharpe’s apartheid-era South African satires Literature/{{RiotousAssembly}} and Literature/{{IndecentExposure}} feature Luitnant Verkramp, who is much feared and distrusted because of he is believed to be an agent of BOSS (although whether this is actually true, is open to question given that Konstabel Els, in particular, is believed to be of mixed race and well known for his enthusiasm for inter-racial intercourse)

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* Tom Sharpe’s apartheid-era South African satires Literature/{{RiotousAssembly}} Literature/{{Riotous Assembly}} and Literature/{{IndecentExposure}} Literature/{{Indecent Exposure}} feature Luitnant Verkramp, who is much feared and distrusted because of he is believed to be an agent of BOSS (although whether this is actually true, is open to question given that Konstabel Els, in particular, is believed to be of mixed race and well known for his enthusiasm for inter-racial intercourse)intercourse, consensual or otherwise)
3rd Nov '17 4:13:06 PM rigpig
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* Tom Sharpe’s apartheid-era South African satires Literature/{{RiotousAssembly}} and Literature/{{IndecentExposure}} feature Luitnant Verkramp, who is much feared and distrusted because of he is believed to be an agent of BOSS (although whether this is actually true, is open to question given that Konstabel Els, in particular, is believed to be of mixed race and well known for his enthusiasm for inter-racial intercourse)
1st Nov '17 7:47:21 AM Premonition45
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Face of the Enemy", Troi is disguised as a Tal'Shiar officer who fills this role on a Romulan warship. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation It could also be said that this is also her role on the Enterprise]].

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Face of the Enemy", Troi is disguised as a Tal'Shiar [[SecretPolice Tal Shiar]] officer who fills this role on a Romulan warship. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation It could also be said that this is also her role on the Enterprise]].
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