Screwup Brigade YKTTW Discussion

Screwup Brigade
That one outfit where the military assigns all the incompetents, so they can do as little damage as possible.
Needs Examples Tropeworthy?
(permanent link) added: 2013-02-23 09:12:59 sponsor: Triterope (last reply: 2013-03-05 02:40:08)

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Any large organization is going to have its share of idiots, misfits, klutzes, jerkasses, and other people whose mere existence threatens the overall mission.

One way of dealing with such people is to put them all in one group, and then put that group as far away from the action as possible.

The Screwup Brigade usually has an innocuous name similar to other units witin the organization. But everyone knows what an assignment to 'that' unit really means.

Not quite the same as Reassignment To Antarctica or Punishment Detail, because the assignment doesn't have to be unpleasant. Oftentimes it's just boring, away from any meaningful duty. Similar to Army of Thieves and Whores, but incompetent instead of evil.

Subtrope of Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. Can result in Reassignment Backfire.


In the first Police Academy movie, it is heavily implied that the main characters' D Squad is this.

The Misfits in Fallout: New Vegas.
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