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11th Nov '16 3:31:06 PM theLibrarian
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* Back during the Enlightenment era, many countries would fill their armies out with prisoners if they thought it necessary.
11th Nov '16 3:27:20 PM theLibrarian
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* A variation on this is implemented in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with the Night's Watch, which guards the massive Wall at the edge of the known world against threats from beyond. Since the Watch is perpetually low on men, many thieves, rapists, murderers and other criminals in Westeros are often offered a choice: face their punishment, or "take the black" and join the Night's Watch for life.

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* A variation on this is implemented in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with the Night's Watch, which guards the massive Wall at the edge of the known world against threats from beyond. Since the Watch is perpetually low on men, many thieves, rapists, murderers and other criminals in Westeros are often offered a choice: face their punishment, or "take the black" and join the Night's Watch for life. This is actually the antithesis of what the Watch ''used'' to be; thousands of years ago many men would volunteer to take the black, but nowadays the Night's Watch is only seen as guarding against the barbarians beyond the Wall instead of ice monsters and their zombie thralls, and is only a tenth of the strength it used to be.
8th Nov '16 4:59:56 AM Anicomicgeek
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8th Nov '16 4:59:45 AM Anicomicgeek
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* Part of Viol Scarletta's backstory in ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' is joining the army to avoid jail time after he's caught stealing, then did the [[FromCamouflageToCriminal inverse]] once he comes back and resumes being a criminal.

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* Part of Viol Vito Scarletta's backstory in ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' is joining the army to avoid jail time after he's caught stealing, then did the [[FromCamouflageToCriminal inverse]] once he comes back and resumes being a criminal.criminal and joins the Mafia.
5th Nov '16 5:04:08 PM Anicomicgeek
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* Part of Viol Scarletta's backstory in ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' is joining the army to avoid jail time after he's caught stealing, then did the [[FromCamouflageToCriminal inverse]] once he comes back and resumes being a criminal.
28th Oct '16 2:12:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* A variation on this is implemented in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' with the Night's Watch, which guards the massive Wall at the edge of the known world against threats from beyond. Since the Watch is perpetually low on men, many thieves, rapists, murderers and other criminals in Westeros are often offered a choice: face their punishment, or "take the black" and join the Night's Watch for life.

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* A variation on this is implemented in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with the Night's Watch, which guards the massive Wall at the edge of the known world against threats from beyond. Since the Watch is perpetually low on men, many thieves, rapists, murderers and other criminals in Westeros are often offered a choice: face their punishment, or "take the black" and join the Night's Watch for life.
6th Oct '16 9:29:08 AM StarSword
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* One ''TerminalLance'' strip features a Marine who ''wanted'' to go to prison, but was sent into the military because the judge didn't like him.

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* One ''TerminalLance'' strip [[http://terminallance.com/2012/05/01/terminal-lance-ultimatum-marine-corps-times/ strip]] features a Marine who ''wanted'' to go to prison, but was sent into the military because the judge didn't like him.
3rd Oct '16 7:51:27 PM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/AlexisCarew'' the New London Royal Navy regularly recruits crewmen from jails.
30th Jun '16 6:57:38 AM TheWanderer
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May overlap with ArmyOfThievesAndWhores and LegionOfLostSouls. Also a subtrope of ConsequenceCombo, as you either fight for TheGovernment and clear your record, or do time.

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May overlap with ArmyOfThievesAndWhores and LegionOfLostSouls. Also a subtrope of ConsequenceCombo, as you either fight for TheGovernment and clear your record, or do time.
time. The inverse is FromCamouflageToCriminal, where someone turns to a life of crime after leaving the military.
16th May '16 12:04:41 AM Fireblood
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* ''Film/FemaleAgents'': Jeanne has been convicted of murdering her pimp and sentenced to death. She agrees to become an SOE operative in return for a stay of execution. [[spoiler: She is later hanged by the Nazis in Ravensbruck.]]
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