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18th Sep '17 5:28:28 AM jormis29
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied it way back when they were a short on ''The Tracy Ullman Show''. One short has Homer waking the family and herding them into a bomb shelter yelling that "World War Three has begun" and "This is not a drill". When they get to the bomb shelter, he reveals to the viewers that it ''was'' a drill, and chastises his family for taking so long -- but they aren't listening due to being rightfully shivering in terror.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied it way back when they were a short on ''The Tracy Ullman Show''.''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''. One short has Homer waking the family and herding them into a bomb shelter yelling that "World War Three has begun" and "This is not a drill". When they get to the bomb shelter, he reveals to the viewers that it ''was'' a drill, and chastises his family for taking so long -- but they aren't listening due to being rightfully shivering in terror.
16th Sep '17 5:29:42 PM nombretomado
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In the [[YanksWithTanks US Air Force]], training messages are preceded by the announcement, spoken or written: EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE. Other announcements are assumed to be real world.

At least in the Submarine force of the [[YanksWithTanks US Navy]], drills are augmented with personnel, usually senior or experienced enlisted, who act as the Drill Team, who wear a distinctive item that signifies them as a member of the Drill Team (such as a red ballcap). The purpose of the Drill Team is to allow participants to take their actions with as much verisimilitude as possible, intervening only to keep the participant from taking an action (such as the above mentioned Halon example) that would cause harm to the ship or crew but otherwise letting them do everything else as if it were real. Reactor SCRAM drills actually involve [[GoingCritical SCRAM]]'ing the reactor for real. It's an interesting synthesis of the trope, because even though there is often no advance warning of a 'casualty,' the obvious presence of the Drill Team makes it clear that a Drill is being conducted for those in the affected space.

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In the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Air Force]], training messages are preceded by the announcement, spoken or written: EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE. Other announcements are assumed to be real world.

At least in the Submarine force of the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Navy]], drills are augmented with personnel, usually senior or experienced enlisted, who act as the Drill Team, who wear a distinctive item that signifies them as a member of the Drill Team (such as a red ballcap). The purpose of the Drill Team is to allow participants to take their actions with as much verisimilitude as possible, intervening only to keep the participant from taking an action (such as the above mentioned Halon example) that would cause harm to the ship or crew but otherwise letting them do everything else as if it were real. Reactor SCRAM drills actually involve [[GoingCritical SCRAM]]'ing the reactor for real. It's an interesting synthesis of the trope, because even though there is often no advance warning of a 'casualty,' the obvious presence of the Drill Team makes it clear that a Drill is being conducted for those in the affected space.
15th Jul '17 3:12:58 PM nombretomado
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** The classic historical example of its use is in the alarm bulletin sent out by telegraph on December 7, 1941: "[[ThisMeansWar AIR RAID]] [[WorldWarII PEARL HARBOR]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Harbor_attack#cite_note-96 THIS IS NOT DRILL]]".

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** The classic historical example of its use is in the alarm bulletin sent out by telegraph on December 7, 1941: "[[ThisMeansWar AIR RAID]] [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII PEARL HARBOR]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Harbor_attack#cite_note-96 THIS IS NOT DRILL]]".
15th Jul '17 3:11:22 PM nombretomado
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** Another story, ''Warriors of the Deep'' only had the computer of an underwater military base tell the crew whether or not it was a drill after they'd gone through the motions which would have launched the WorldWarIII WeaponOfMassDestruction missiles if it was not. Nobody was very surprised that the sync-operator (the guy that did the launching) was under stress.

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** Another story, ''Warriors of the Deep'' only had the computer of an underwater military base tell the crew whether or not it was a drill after they'd gone through the motions which would have launched the WorldWarIII UsefulNotes/WorldWarIII WeaponOfMassDestruction missiles if it was not. Nobody was very surprised that the sync-operator (the guy that did the launching) was under stress.
28th Jun '17 3:59:36 AM StarTropes
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* This warning comes up on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' when HQ suffers a bio-attack with ''Yersinia pestis'' bacteria--aka pneumonic plague.
5th Jun '17 5:19:06 PM StarTropes
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** In ''Film/CrimsonTide'', a fire breaks out in the kitchen. While the first mate is helping to put the fire out, the Captain orders a launch drill, although the actual wording of the announcement given by both the Captain and the XO is "This is an exercise."

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** In ''Film/CrimsonTide'', a fire breaks out in the kitchen. While the first mate XO is helping to put the fire out, the Captain orders a launch drill, although the actual wording of the announcement given by both the Captain and the XO is "This is an exercise."" The exercise is cut short, though, when a sailor dies from the fire. And later in the movie, a real launch order comes in.
24th May '17 10:07:52 PM LadyNorbert
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* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars Factions'' the Dragon Festival has a reinactment of the Nightfall invasion during the first ingame Dragon Festival and the reinactment requires actors dressed as Naga to stage a paniced mass exodus of Naga into Kaitan Village like the real Naga did during the Nightfall invasion to escape said invasion. As one of the gaurds in charge of the reinactment reveals when you reach her at Kaitan Village: the ''real'' Naga had decided to raid Kaitan Village presumably killing the actors playing them before attacking everyone else while the actors playing the part of the demons that drove said Naga out during the previous Dragon Festival take their places in the Naga's den unaware of the Naga attack(nor are the Naga aware that actors had moved into their den during said Naga raid either).

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* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars Factions'' the Dragon Festival has a reinactment of the Nightfall invasion during the first ingame Dragon Festival and the reinactment requires actors dressed as Naga to stage a paniced mass exodus of Naga into Kaitan Village like the real Naga did during the Nightfall invasion to escape said invasion. As one of the gaurds in charge of the reinactment reveals when you reach her at Kaitan Village: the ''real'' Naga had decided to raid Kaitan Village presumably killing the actors playing them before attacking everyone else while the actors playing the part of the demons that drove said Naga out during the previous Dragon Festival take their places in the Naga's den unaware of the Naga attack(nor attack (nor are the Naga aware that actors had moved into their den during said Naga raid either).
27th Mar '17 3:31:32 PM DavidDelony
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* "This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. If this had been an actual emergency, instructions would follow."

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* "This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. If this had been an actual emergency, instructions would follow."" The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Action_Notification Emergency Action Notification (EAN)]] is a nationwide activation of the Emergency Alert System which would serve this purpose. It can only be initiated by either the President or the Vice President.
1st Feb '17 11:28:38 AM hszmv1
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* Airforce regulations specifically bar anyone in the Presidential line of succession from participating in practices involving the Looking Glass planes (a special plane that will allow the President to conduct nuclear warfare from anywhere in the world) and will instead have a stand in to play the part of the President for the drill. The reasoning is because they know the plane's movement and use is closely watched as a possible early warning sign that the President is about to begin Nuclear War. The fear is that if the president enters the plane, it will be identified as Not A Drill and spark a Nuclear War by mistake.
30th Dec '16 9:06:02 PM KingLyger
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* Used in the beginning of the ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Adventure 2}}'' Dark Side Story when Dr. Robotnik attacks the military base where Shadow is kept.

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* Used in the beginning of the ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Adventure 2}}'' Dark Side Story when Dr. Robotnik Eggman attacks the military base where Shadow is kept.kept. As Eggman tears his way through the forces of GUN, the announcements become more and more frantic.
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