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30th Nov '17 3:55:34 PM foxley
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* The file card for Stake Out, one of the characters in the ''[[Franchise/GIJoe Action Force]] SAS'' line of action figures, states that he was convicted of armed robbery and released from prison specifically on the proviso that he join Action Force.
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29th Sep '17 9:14:07 PM drakensis
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* In ''Fanfic/AlongCameASpider'', Mechwarrior Diana is given the choice between prisoner of war camp or fighting for her captors. Her only reservation is that she's not sure she'd be able to fight against her biological father.
29th Sep '17 5:03:07 PM StarSword
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** Alan in ''Into the Dark'' was recruited from jail, and sexually assaults Alexis while drunk. After fighting him off, she lies to spare him from hanging and he swears off drinking and becomes a model sailor. [[spoiler:He eventually acts as a ReverseMole when a SpacePirate overpowers Alexis's prize crew, saving her life, and is killed in the process of regaining control of the ship. Someone later remarks that the man he was pre-Alexis would have gone over to the pirates for real.]]
** In ''HMS Nightingale'', Alexis, now a lieutenant in command of a customs corvette, uses her power of impressment as a favor to a local magistrate to take some repeat offenders off his hands.



* In the pilot episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' Tom Paris was recruited by Captain Janeway from a prison for a dangerous mission into a hazardous nebula. Played with in that to the characters it was ''supposed'' to be a downplayed BoxedCrook situation (help with one specific mission, and you'll get help with your sentence), but then Voyager ended up stuck on the other side of the galaxy, and 'help with one mission' ended up becoming 'pilot and all-around expert for seven years straight'. By the time they got back his sentence had apparently become a non-issue, probably because he'd originally been jailed for involvement in terrorist attacks against the Cardassians, whom the Federation were at war with for much of Voyager's sojourn in the Delta Quadrant.

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In the pilot episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' Tom Paris was recruited by Captain Janeway from a prison for a dangerous mission into a hazardous nebula. Played with in that to the characters it was ''supposed'' to be a downplayed BoxedCrook situation (help with one specific mission, and you'll get help with your sentence), but then Voyager ended up stuck on the other side of the galaxy, and 'help with one mission' ended up becoming 'pilot and all-around expert for seven years straight'. By the time they got back his sentence had apparently become a non-issue, probably because he'd originally been jailed for involvement in terrorist attacks against the Cardassians, whom the Federation were at war with for much of Voyager's sojourn in the Delta Quadrant.Quadrant.
** In ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', Michael Burnham is dishonorably discharged and given a life sentence for mutiny at the end of the second episode. Captain Gabriel Lorca of USS ''Discovery'' gives her a reprieve in exchange for her help ending the war with the Klingons, which she helped start.



** Can also be invoked by the player character to recruit [[spoiler:Teryn Loghain instead of executing him]], as well as Nathaniel Howe (who tries to kill the PC to avenge his father) and Anders (an apostate) in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening''.

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** Can also be invoked by the player character to recruit [[spoiler:Teryn Loghain instead of executing him]], as well as Nathaniel Howe (who tries to kill the PC to avenge his father) and Anders (an apostate) apostate mage) in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening''.
25th Sep '17 6:45:46 PM PaulA
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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', "It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier"

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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', "It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier"
Soldier", ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer''



* Music/TomLehrer's "It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier", as quoted above.

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* Music/TomLehrer's "It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier", as quoted above.from ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'', includes the tale of Pete, who stabbed a cop and went into the army instead of going to jail. He was pleased with the deal, because it gave him access to better weapons.
4th Sep '17 5:53:48 PM StarSword
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* One ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'' [[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.

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* One ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'' [[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 he [[TheGeneralsDaughter slept with the judge didn't like him.judge's daughter]].
21st Aug '17 2:45:37 PM StarSword
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* One episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' reveals that Detective Javier Esposito has a juvie record. A school teacher got him straightened out, and he went on to become a Special Forces sniper and eventually an NYPD homicide detective.
7th Aug '17 1:11:57 PM isolato
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* [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British Royal Navy]] during the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars used to supplement its crews, consisting primarily of volunteers and [[PressGanged pressed merchant sailors]], with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quota_System_(Royal_Navy) Quota System]], which in practice often resulted in inducting men who were [[GotVolunteered not quite voluntary]] trading bars for stripes.

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* [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British Royal Navy]] during the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars used to supplement its crews, consisting primarily of volunteers and [[PressGanged pressed merchant sailors]], with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quota_System_(Royal_Navy) Quota System]], which in practice often resulted in inducting men who were [[GotVolunteered not quite voluntary]] trading bars for stripes.
7th Aug '17 1:07:41 PM isolato
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* [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British Royal Navy]] during the UsefulNotes/NapoleonicWars used to supplement its crews, consisting primarily of volunteers and [[PressGanged pressed merchant sailors]], with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quota_System_(Royal_Navy) Quota System]], which in practice often resulted in inducting men who were [[GotVolunteered not quite voluntary]] trading bars for stripes.
23rd Jul '17 3:18:42 PM nombretomado
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* During WW2, the British armed forces and merchant marine reluctantly accepted drafts from prisons, of cons offered remission or pardon provided they joined up. Most of the time this worked, after a fashion, with close supervision and intelligent management. But the Merchant Navy slipped up with a draft from the notorious Barlinnie prison in Glasgow. Despite urgent advice, men from Barlinnie who had been part of street gangs were not broken up into smaller groups and separated. One ship out of Glasgow found (having accepted the superficially reasonable argument that "mates" should be allowed to serve together) that it had two of the most vicious [[ViolentGlaswegian Glaswegian]] street gangs forming a significant part of its ship's company. One protestant and one Catholic, who continually fought each other as well as antagonising the ship's regular company of sailors. Extra provosts had to be drafted aboard in mid-Atlantic to prevent things completely breaking down. Once in the USA, many of the Glaswegian gangsters rioted in New York and Boston, straining relations between the USA and Great Britain. Many simply deserted and joined New York gangs, bringing [[GlasgowGrin Glaswegian levels of violence]] to a city that already had the Mafia. Sorry, USA.

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* During WW2, [=WW2=], the British armed forces and merchant marine reluctantly accepted drafts from prisons, of cons offered remission or pardon provided they joined up. Most of the time this worked, after a fashion, with close supervision and intelligent management. But the Merchant Navy slipped up with a draft from the notorious Barlinnie prison in Glasgow. Despite urgent advice, men from Barlinnie who had been part of street gangs were not broken up into smaller groups and separated. One ship out of Glasgow found (having accepted the superficially reasonable argument that "mates" should be allowed to serve together) that it had two of the most vicious [[ViolentGlaswegian Glaswegian]] street gangs forming a significant part of its ship's company. One protestant and one Catholic, who continually fought each other as well as antagonising the ship's regular company of sailors. Extra provosts had to be drafted aboard in mid-Atlantic to prevent things completely breaking down. Once in the USA, many of the Glaswegian gangsters rioted in New York and Boston, straining relations between the USA and Great Britain. Many simply deserted and joined New York gangs, bringing [[GlasgowGrin Glaswegian levels of violence]] to a city that already had the Mafia. Sorry, USA.
27th May '17 2:17:15 PM nombretomado
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* [[SociopathicSoldier Animal Mother]] in ''The Short-Timers'', a VietnamWar era novel by Gustav Hasford, was given a choice between prison and the [[SemperFi Marine Corps]]. He came to regret his choice.

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* [[SociopathicSoldier Animal Mother]] in ''The Short-Timers'', a VietnamWar UsefulNotes/VietnamWar era novel by Gustav Hasford, was given a choice between prison and the [[SemperFi Marine Corps]]. He came to regret his choice.



* The US made use of this trope during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI First]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] and even as late as the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. It was not unusual for judges to [[LeonineContract offer this deal]] to those of [[{{Conscription}} draft age]]. However, this practice was banned by act of Congress at the request of the military after Vietnam, and nowadays it is very difficult to join up with a criminal record, even a juvenile one (you have to obtain a waiver, which is not easy). This [[http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/joinprison.htm page on About.com]] even cites various official military regulations that bar any such enlistments.

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* The US made use of this trope during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI First]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] and even as late as the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. It was not unusual for judges to [[LeonineContract offer this deal]] to those of [[{{Conscription}} draft age]]. However, this practice was banned by act of Congress at the request of the military after Vietnam, and nowadays it is very difficult to join up with a criminal record, even a juvenile one (you have to obtain a waiver, which is not easy). This [[http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/joinprison.htm page on About.com]] even cites various official military regulations that bar any such enlistments.
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