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ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, an episode where the characters (accidentally or [[JoinTheArmyTheySaid not]]) become recruits at the MilitaryAcademy, or in case of children they go to the MilitarySchool as punishment, either way HilarityEnsues.

Expect to see lots of PeelingPotatoes, training TheSpartanWay, plenty of PhysicalFitnessPunishment, the obligatory DrillSergeantNasty and maybe even battlefield action. Male characters will probably [[ImportantHaircut be shaven bald]] upon arrival (female recruits usually just have to resort to a tight ponytail or bun).

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', it is the protagonist who organizes a boot camp on two occasions, playing the DrillSergeantNasty. And he's ''very'' good at it.
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', Germany attempts to whip Italy into shape, only to find that [[CowardlyLion Italy is only good at running away]].
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' OAV 4 "Yet Another Man's Battlefield" is an AdaptationExpansion of the manga gaiden "His Battlefield Once More", featuring an 18-year old Roy Mustang at boot camp. It shows how he became friends with [[KnifeNut Maes Hughes]] and the result of befriending fellow cadet [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Heathcliffe/Heiss Clif]] Arber, who happens to be also Ishvalan.
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[[folder:FanWorks]]
* ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' has two stories featuring this trope.
** ''Dig It'' features Simba being sent to a desolate camp where he is forced to [[Literature/{{Holes}} dig holes all day.]]
** ''Return to Camp Kazi'' portrayed it as more like a summer camp. [[spoiler: It was being ruled over by a soul-sucking SurferDude alien, though.]]
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* ''FamilyMatters'' had Urkel and Eddie infiltrate a boot camp in order to convince an emotionally hurt Waldo to leave.
* ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' season two episode "Goodbye To All That" has John enroll in military school and Derek sign up as a teacher.
* ''LaverneAndShirley'' had a two-part episode where they joined the army. Vicki Lawrence guest-starred as their DrillSergeantNasty.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had her get sent there by her aunts for crashing a train into the living room.
* Done on ''{{Popular}}'' as a method of punishment, and to introduce another Glass sibling.
* Done in ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' when Gomer Pyle joins the Marine Corps, which leads to the spinoff series, ''Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.'' In this episode, Andy gives Gomer a ride, accompanies him onto the base, and even interacts with Gomer several times, all with the intent of talking Gomer out of his decision. The pilot episode of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. led to some disconinuity as many of the scenes were re-enacted without Andy being present.
* A segment of ''Series/TheColbertReport'''s series from Iraq featured Stephen going through a boot camp. Stephen never broke character, and the DrillSergeantNasty never cracked a smile.
* The kids on ''SavedByTheBell'' had a rudimentary training experience in one episode (rope climbing, running through tires).
* ''ShortlandStreet'' has done at least one arc about it, with Daniel Potts being sent there as punishment for selling bootleg MP3 players.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': A first season episode had Meg go undercover as a female Marine recruit, to investigate the suspicious death of another female recruit.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}:'' The eleventh episode of season three, "Model Behavior", has a reality show with models set at a boot camp.
* ''[[Series/{{Jake20}} Jake 2.0]]'': Jake has to infiltrate a specialized black-ops army corps. His powers allow him to keep up with the soldiers' extreme training, but the real problem is adapting to their mentality. The episode is called "[[MilitaryAlphabet Whiskey Tango Foxtrot]]."
* In ''Series/RaumschiffGamestar'', the newly-appointed NumberTwo Stangl organizes one for the rest of the crew, with himself cast as a DrillSergeantNasty.
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* ''EndersGame'' is this. They send young kids to battle school, to train super-geniuses to command a fleet against alien invaders.
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[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
* An instance where the "episode" lasted most of the series: BeetleBailey was originally a slacker college student, when one day in the first year of the strip's run he ran into an army recruiter office to hide from his [[BettyAndVeronica two love interests]]. He's been in Camp Swampy ever since.
* Bill Mauldin's ''ComicStrip/WillieAndJoe'' was this for the first three years.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}'' had a running gag where Skyler wound up spending every summer in Marine Corps boot camp.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* [[http://www.sincomics.com/phpAlbum/main.php?cmd=imageview&var1=DDG%2FDDG81.jpg&var2=2 This]] ''{{DDG}}'' arc.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mqqsn7_nJ8 Moving Targets]] episode of ''{{Eddsworld}}''.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* In ''TheSimpsons'' Bart is forced to go to military school after blasting a soundwave through the town (and Lisa joins him after being bored with public school education).
** In two other ''TheSimpsons'' Homer joins the Naval Reserve (''Simpson Tide''), and later the Army (''G.I.-Annoyed Grunt'').
* In ''{{Futurama}}'', Fry and Bender enlist in order to take advantage of a discount for recruits in "War is the H-Word". [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin Almost immediately]], [[NotMyLuckyDay war was declared]].
* ''JohnnyBravo'' accidentally joins the army rather than the Dodgeball Camp.
* On ''FamilyGuy'' Stewie signs himself and Brian up for the military after Brian tries to get Chris out of a recruitment contract.
* In ''TheProudFamily'', Penny becomes a bad girl while coming up with an interesting story about [[TerribleTrio The Gross Sisters]] for the school newspaper, and is sent to a boot camp style reformatory.
* In a [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Flashback Episode]] of ''TransformersAnimated'', Bumble Bee and Bulkhead go through basic training.
* One of the Warner Siblings shorts in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has them discovering boot camp (They all think it's summer camp, Dot thinks it has to do with fashionable footwear). HilarityEnsues.
** A similar thing occured in an episode of SpongebobSquarepants, but with ''prison'' camp. Similar hilarity ensues though.
* An episode of ''Disney's Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has Herc and Icarus infiltrate Spartan Military Academy to save Adonis, who has to go through basic training in accordance to family tradition. Ironically, ButtCuckoolander Icarus warms up to the military lifestyle.
* ''InvaderZim'', "Hobo 13": Zim is sent to the military training world 'Hobo 13' and told that if he survives he can have a big sack of battle tanks. The drill instructor is a hulking cyborg played by [[RLeeErmey R. Lee Ermey]].
* ''XMenEvolution'' also had an example (with both the good guys and the bad guys sent to a boot camp).
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' had one of these.
* ''KingOfTheHill'' had an episode where Cotton wanted Bobby to go to a boot camp to be toughened up.
** The trope is mostly averted however when Cotton discovers the camp has been turned into more of a military-themed summer camp for young boys. [[BreakTheCutie Then Cotton takes over as headmaster]], but utterly fails ([[spoiler:ironically, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own bragging]] on the wall of "the box" is what gives Bobby the resolve to perservere]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'': when Dave and Fang joined the Mongrel Horde.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'': The season two episode "The Green Marine" showed how The Mask accidentally enlisted himself in the Marines.
* The short-lived ''Laverne & Shirley'' animated series had them joining the army. Their drill sergeant was a talking pig.
* ''TheJetsons'' puts its spin on this trope in the episode where George, Mr. Spacely, and apartment handyman Henry have to report to a National Guard training camp.
* On ''PhineasAndFerb'', the titular boys are sent to a boot camp after Candace actually manages to bust them. The camp (run by an [[DrillSergeantNasty evil drill sergeant]]) is [[BreakTheCutie designed to smother and stifle their creativity.]] It works. They get better. And [[AllJustADream then]]...
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerforce'' had Meatwad inadvertently sign the titular trio up for the Marines while trying to buy gum. Shake decides to blow his face off with a shotgun reasoning that there's no way they'll take him in that condition. Cue IronicEchoCut.
* A ''RenAndStimpy'' episode features the duo in a boot camp.
* WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs were sent to a "cartoon boot camp".
* Happens rather frighteningly on ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''.
* BugsBunny was once enlisted in the army in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQnoH4_OkbU Forward March Hare]]
** He was also enlisted in the U.S Marines during UsefulNotes/WW2, and retired at the end of the war a Master Sergeant...
* DonaldDuck had a number of boot camp episodes all while under [[DrillSergeantNasty Sergeant Pete.]] There was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwjeBL01tz0 Donald Gets Drafted,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jQ32XGavR8 The Vanishing Private,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmz_YveSsf4 Sky Trooper,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIN0sViNhqA Fall Out Fall In]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiZmgMTkVHo The Old Army Game.]]
* ''GeneratorRex'' features an episode where the titular character and his friend Noah join a Providence boot camp. Even though Rex has superpowers, they still wind up failing [[spoiler: by passing]].
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' episode "Zach and the Alien Invadors", Zach is sent to a boot camp for constantly CryingWolf from reporting crimes that never occurred. No physical activity was shown, but Zach notices the fellow cadets are zombies controlled by two aliens disguised as officers.
* ''The LittleLulu Show'' episode "Iggy's New Leaf" had Iggy faced with the threat of getting sent to military school if he does one more bad thing, prompting Lulu, Tubby, and Willy to help him stay out of trouble. In the end, however, the three wind up getting sent to military school instead, because of the troubles that they got caught up in that they were trying to keep Iggy from committing, while Iggy gets off the hook.
* In the ''CodeLyoko'' episode "I'd Rather Not Talk About It", the Lyoko Warriors go to boot camp under Jim to get in shape.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Wonderbolts Academy" puts Rainbow Dash through this, though it's to join the Wonderbolts, a squadron of pegasus flyers, rather than the military.
** Though it still has a prominent military flavor, possibly due to the Wonderbolts themselves being a reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_angels Blue Angels]], and the fact that pegasi were the soldier-class during the pre-Equestria era (unicorns were the nobility, earth ponies were the farmers).
* DaffyDuck joins the Marines in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode "Semper Lie".
* ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has "Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G.", where Numbuh 2's little brother Tommy is in KND arctic training base. Subverted as everyone but Tommy and 2 other recruits are called away early in the episode and [[BigBad Father]] arrives to steal the Code Module.
* This was the PlotPoint of the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E5BattleActionBogus Battle Action Bogus]]", where Bogus finds himself getting enlisted in a military base camp in Bogusland.
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