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5th Mar '18 3:03:42 PM Ccook1956
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* ''In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', Gen. Ripper tells Captain Mandrake to relay "Wing Attack Plan R" to the squadron airborne over Russia--it calls for the planes to attack Russian targets. Mandrake thinks it's a drill. Ripper says otherwise.

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* ''In In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', Gen. Ripper tells Captain Mandrake to relay "Wing Attack Plan R" to the squadron airborne over Russia--it calls for the planes to attack Russian targets. Mandrake thinks it's a drill. Ripper says otherwise.
5th Mar '18 2:58:46 PM Ccook1956
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* ''In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', Gen. Ripper tells Captain Mandrake to relay "Wing Attack Plan R" to the squadron airborne over Russia--it calls for the planes to attack Russian targets. Mandrake thinks it's a drill. Ripper says otherwise.



-->(''with great urgency'') Attention, all personnel! General [=MacArthur=] has just passed checkpoint Able! He'll be here in seconds! This is now--repeat--this is not a drill! This is a real emergency!

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-->(''with great urgency'') Attention, all personnel! General [=MacArthur=] has just passed checkpoint Able! He'll be here in seconds! This is now--repeat--this not--repeat--this is not a drill! This is a real emergency!
5th Mar '18 2:55:24 PM Ccook1956
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* The ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Big Mac" gives us this announcement while the unit is rehearsing for a visit from General [=MacArthur=]:
-->(''with great urgency'') Attention, all personnel! General [=MacArthur=] has just passed checkpoint Able! He'll be here in seconds! This is now--repeat--this is not a drill! This is a real emergency!
23rd Dec '17 5:52:46 PM nombretomado
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The [[BritswithBattleships Royal Navy ]] simply add a prefix -- drills are preceded by 'For Exercise' three times. There's also the Safeguard Rule -- when this is in force, no mention is made of drills/exercises, and everything is announced as if it was real. Any genuine incidents are preceded by the word 'Safeguard'. It's a distinctive word, and everyone knows what it means, so there is no need to remind people that 'This is not a drill'. Nothing makes people freeze like hearing 'Safeguard, safeguard, safeguard!' over the main broadcast.

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The [[BritswithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy ]] simply add a prefix -- drills are preceded by 'For Exercise' three times. There's also the Safeguard Rule -- when this is in force, no mention is made of drills/exercises, and everything is announced as if it was real. Any genuine incidents are preceded by the word 'Safeguard'. It's a distinctive word, and everyone knows what it means, so there is no need to remind people that 'This is not a drill'. Nothing makes people freeze like hearing 'Safeguard, safeguard, safeguard!' over the main broadcast.
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.
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