If you're an American producer and you want to get some impressive combat scenes in your movie, you can call the [[UsefulNotes/ThePentagon Department of Defense]] ([=DoD=]) and ask for some of their fancy equipment, plus any of the appropriate servicemen who happen to be free. As the examples show, Uncle Sam can be very generous to filmmakers and help you avert tropes like ArtisticLicenseMilitary, ImproperlyPlacedFirearms, and JustPlaneWrong.

One reason for this is, if the film is positive about the military, it is good public relations, and thus the movie supports the mission. If the movie is ''really'' good -- both a positive portrayal of the military and a box-office success -- it may even be [[TheRedStapler a boon for military recruiting]]. Indeed, the Navy stated that after the release of ''Film/TopGun'', the number of young men enlisting with a desire to be Naval aviators went up by 500 percent.

There's a catch -- a Department of Defense project officer will keep an eagle eye on the script and production phases. If they don't like the portrayal of the military in your film, they will yank the co-operation. This was a major reason for the failure of the TV series ''Supercarrier''. Other movies [=DoD=] rejected include ''Film/ForrestGump'' (because the army protagonist was stupid), ''Film/MarsAttacks'' (because '''[[HumansAreMorons everyone]]''' [[HumansAreMorons was stupid]]), and ''Film/IndependenceDay''. By the way that last one should tell you Pentagon refusal isn't always about wanting to look good but for any number of reasons that may seem arcane to non-DOD personnel. ''Film/IndependenceDay'' wasn't supported because it infringed on [[{{Area 51}} certain (then classified) facilities]] that the [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Pentagon cannot legally either confirm or deny]] regardless of its dissemination into pop-culture, certainly not in film.

Still, if your film just ''has'' to have a full-sized aircraft carrier, where else can one turn? There are options for creative filmmakers. For instance, Creator/TheAsylum filmed its ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' knockoff ''[[TheMockbuster American Warships]]'' on a museum ship, and CGI can accomplish a lot. But for sheer accuracy and time-saving, Pentagon backing remains an enticing option.

Note that while production assistance rarely comes from ''all'' the military services, nevertheless all projects must, without exception, be approved by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, or his designee, before any full official support can be granted at all. If a production is for instance primarily about the Navy and Marine Corps, the production team will probably only maintain contact with representatives from the Department of the Navy. Which can occasionally lead to some amusing results. The Navy technical advisors will be very careful about getting Navy details right and making sure the Navy looks good on the screen... but [[InterserviceRivalry might not care one bit if it makes the Army or the Air Force look bad]]!

As might be gleaned from that list, movies can certainly succeed and even thrive without the [=DoD's=] help. Still, it costs quite a bit more money to go it alone, so some filmmakers give concessions on the script rather than face studio rejection. Sometimes this can be subtle, while other times it becomes almost a form of ExecutiveMeddling. [[http://film.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/Guardian/0,4029,543821,00.html This article]] covers things in a little more depth.

This is not a solely American trope, of course - it has happened on both sides of the Iron Curtain (the UsefulNotes/RedArmy supplied extras in astonishing numbers to several epics), and elsewhere. The Irish Army lent forces to ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', leading to suggestions that it was their biggest operation for years. Nazi Germany's propaganda minister also got the German Army to loan thousands of troops for extras in use in historical epic films, notably [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_King The Great King]] in 1942.

Itís also not limited to the military. If you're shooting a motion picture or television series about any kind of specialized public profession with either lots of hardware or specific locations; such as a police department, fire department, [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} space agency]], or even [[Series/{{Baywatch}} ocean lifeguards]]; it can be very beneficial from both an artistic and financial point of view to get help from the real thing.



!!!US examples

* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' did make a major change to the true story, possibly at the Pentagon's behest. The clerk was replaced by a fictional character, for the very good reason that that person had been convicted of sexually assaulting his own daughter.
* In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII set film ''Film/TheEnemyBelow'', the crew of the destroyer used for the film played the role of the ship's crew in the film, including the captain, who played the chief engineer.
* Pearl Harbor film ''Film/ToraToraTora'' was filmed on the various active military bases around Oahu attacked that day, and featured a lot of pyrotechnics set off on said bases. It also featured a large number of US naval vessels standing in for ships that were there that day, causing a lot of unavoidable anachronism.
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' did ''not'' have Pentagon approval, and had to shoot in alternate locations.
* Another movie about Marines, ''Film/HeartbreakRidge'', was initially backed by the military, until they saw the amount of profanity/crudity spouted by Creator/ClintEastwood's character (and others). They pulled their support after that.
* ''Film/TheFinalCountdown'' features a considerable number of the crew of the real USS ''Nimitz''. About the only thing they couldn't do was ask the captain to actually sail into Pearl Harbor (the ''Nimitz'' was stationed in the Atlantic at the time).
* One of the biggest bumps in the live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie was that most of the military hardware was going to become the vehicle mode of the Decepticons (bad guys), from a modified Abrams tank for [[strike:Devastator]] Brawl to the top-of-the-line F-22 used for Starscream. In fact, according to the DVD's special features, it was the military's liaison officer who managed to convince them to let the shoot continue, as, good or evil, the Decepticons were being portrayed as the most ''badass'' robots in existence -- for example, that an ace flier like Starscream, forced to adopt a disguise to hide in an inferior culture, would naturally go with the most dangerous fighter in the world. It also probably helped that ([[PunyEarthlings unlike the series on which it is based]]) this was one of the only [[AdaptationDisplacement alien invasion movies]] where the military have weapons ''[[ImmuneToBullets that actually work]]'' (the military men being the good guys who side with the good robots with the intelligence officers being the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat obstructive bureaucrats]] who try to capture and study the evil robots was likely a factor). In fact, the two V-22 Ospreys in Qatar at the start of the movie were the ''only'' two such aircraft in the USAF at the time.
** Naturally, they're going UpToEleven [[http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2008-12-28-transformers-main_N.htm in the sequel]], where most of the soldier extras present are actual soldiers.
** Creator/MichaelBay has been honest in calling himself a "world class ass kisser." The military looks good in his films and he is proud of that fact. He also talked about how obsessed with details they are, the uniforms are accurate and the terminology used was filmed as a training scenario with the actual people who do those things. One scene had a young analyst slipping into a private meeting ''in the Pentagon'' held by the Secretary of Defense. The technical advisors said that there is no ''way'' that would ever happen -- security in such meetings is too strong. A compromise was made: someone knocked on the glass, acknowledging that the analyst was being observed.
* Another Creator/MichaelBay film, ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', had official support from both NASA and the Pentagon. NASA probably regretted this decision, as it now uses the film as a test for hiring managers: spot all the inaccuracies in the film.
* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' got US backing too. The real USN nuclear aircraft carrier USS ''Enterprise'' was unavailable and had highly classified and moderately radioactive interiors though, so USS ''Ranger'' stood in.
** As with ''Transformers'', ''Star Trek IV'' had only intelligence officers portrayed unsympathetically. That's presumably why the two guys who interrogate Chekov are from the [=FBI=].
*** Of course, in war movies, Intel guys are always AcceptableTargets.
* ''Film/TopGun''. [[JustPlaneWrong Yep]]. The Navy wanted some good publicity - and got a huge increase in interest as a result (also on the USS ''Ranger'' [CV-61]).
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'': The film-makers were allowed in the real USS ''Dallas'' to take photos of non-classified areas. Scot Glenn (who portrayed the CO of the Dallas, rode and trained aboard an actual submarine at sea. Though the actual USS Dallas was unavailable for shooting and was portrayed by the USS Houston for most scenes.
* In an inversion, ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' was a success in spite of the Pentagon refusing to supply anything for the film. As were ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' and ''Film/IronEagle''.
* In TheMovie of Creator/TomClancy's ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'':
** the carrier that was attacked was originally to have been sunk, but in order to keep military support for the film, the script had to be adjusted so that the carrier survived, though it was mission killed (that is, couldn't do much of anything except limp away).
** When the time came to film the nuclear detonation scene, in which the Presidential motorcade is severely damaged by the blast[[note]]though their electronic devices, including civilian cell phones that aren't hardened against EMP, continue to work just fine[[/note]], the director used real military personnel that were trained specifically for that situation. All he had to do was point to the overturned limo and tell them "The President is in that car!"
* Creator/TomClancy's ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' likewise underwent several revisions between book and film at the Pentagon's request. Most notably, a scene in which Ryan convinces the crew of an Air Force helicopter to fly a rescue mission - without proper orders - was changed to him purchasing a civilian helicopter with CIA funds.
** Similarly, the novel depicts an Air Force F-15 shooting down unarmed aircraft without warning.[[note]]The planes were known to be carrying drugs.[[/note]] This was changed in the movie to having the commando team blow up a smuggler's plane on the ground.
** A secondary plot line in which the crew of a Coast Guard cutter conducts a mock execution in order to get a pirate to confess is omitted almost entirely, the film only showing the pirates' capture.
* Amazingly, the Army approved ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' because they thought it would be a good recruitment tool. Even more amazingly, they were right!
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' featured real Apache helicopters flown by real Army pilots. Odd, as most of the film deals with fantastic vehicles and weapons that bear no resemblance to the real military.
* ''Film/CrimsonTide'' depicted a mutiny on a US Navy submarine, so naturally didn't make the cut. To get around this the filmmakers used chase helicopters to follow an actual submarine out to sea so they could film it diving. They also used a French aircraft carrier for some scenes.
* The scene in ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'' in the US Consulate in Switzerland features a team of US Marines who are the actual guards of US Embassies and other State department buildings.
* The US, British and French militaries supplied about 23,000 troops during the filming of ''Film/TheLongestDay''.
* In ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'', the USMC provided a number of troops to serve as extras, and lent a huge amount of aircraft such as various helicopters and even V-22 Ospreys. They also allowed the crew to film some parts of the movie in Camp Pendleton. Behind the scenes, the cast were trained at a boot camp run by military advisors to make sure they acted, fought, and spoke like Marines. Creator/AaronEckhart joked that they were [[InsistentTerminology very particular about the terminology they used]], such as calling a helicopter a "helo" instead of a "chopper".
* ''Film/TheGreenBerets'' is one of the most famous examples of this. Legend has it that Creator/JohnWayne personally requested support from UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson.
* Similarly to ''Platoon'', ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' didn't have military backing, partially because of budget issues. One might think the film's much-criticized lapses in military procedure would have been fixed had they had Army consultants. They didn't... but, curiously, when director Kathryn Bigelow and producer-screenwriter Mark Boal were making ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, they discovered that several highly-placed officials in [=DoD=] and the CIA (including then Director of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta, who went on to become Secretary of Defense) were [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/08/28/zero-dark-thirty-documents/ fans of the film, and they ''did'' receive considerable assistance from those agencies]].
* ''Film/IronMan1'' - The Air Force provided material with the then-new Airman's Battle Uniform's camouflage patterm. Actor Terrance Howard also did some immersion research with airmen to prepare for the role.
* The Pentagon backed out of supporting ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', specifically because of the ambiguous role of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the movie (part of the U.S. military? An international organization?), and as a result, what sort of Constitutional authority, if any, it would have over U.S. military personnel. The movie's OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness appears to be multinational, and even if it isn't, it's not clear that they're properly in the military chain of command.
* In Jack Webb's ''TheDI'', active-duty Marines portray all but one of the recruits.
* In the film adaption of ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', the US Navy bent over backwards to provide both locations and personnel for the shoot. Those extras and even most of the named characters in the film? Serving personnel, some of them playing themselves.
* ''Film/ActOfValor'' (which started life as a recruitment film) takes this to an even greater extreme, as the main characters are all played by real U.S. Navy SEALS (who were between deployments at the time of shooting), the crew was given unparalleled access to Navy equipment, live ammo was used for most scenes (not to mention a scene where a truck gets blown up with an RPG that was done for real without any effects) all the tactics used in the film are real, and several things in the film are based on real life missions. It's worth mentioning that the film gained a considerable amount of support after UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden was killed by U.S. SEALS.
* ''Literature/SevenDaysInMay'' was pointedly ''not'' given any Pentagon backing, due to the storyline concerning a rogue Air Force general (modeled after real-life generals Curtis [=LeMay=], then Air Force Chief of Staff, and recently-retired USAF General Edwin Walker) planning a MilitaryCoup. This led to situations where John Frankenheimer resorted to guerilla filmmaking -- they needed a shot of Col. "Jiggs" Casey (played by Creatro/KirkDouglas) entering into the Pentagon, a shot that, without [=DoD's=] explicit OK, would have been considered close to espionage. Frankenheimer set up a camera in a station wagon and had Douglas, in full costume, walk up the Pentagon steps. The two soldiers who saluted Douglas were giving genuine salutes, not realizing he was a Hollywood star and not a marine colonel. However, the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, President UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, '''did''' back the film, to the point of vacating the White House whenever they wanted to film there. It says something about the truths of the film that the President's backing wasn't enough to get the Pentagon to back it (and he's their commander!).
* ''Film/SgtBilko'' has a note at the end of the film which gratefully acknowledges the total lack of cooperation from the Army.
* Creator/SamuelFuller was an actual US First Infantry Veteran and he became a major film-maker but his insistence on telling difficult truths meant that despite being a soldier his films averted this trope:
** ''Film/TheSteelHelmet'' was famous for getting Fuller an invitation to the Pentagon ''in 1950'' for its cynical portrayal of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar which mocked the UsefulNotes/ColdWar propaganda (by highlighting how America's racism back home negated its mission of upholding democracy abroad), as well as showing US Soldiers as boors. One scene in the film showed a US Soldier executing an enemy combatant in custody, which was a violation of the Geneva Convention. This was the main reason why they invited Fuller there, and Fuller insisted that while he knows its a war crime, ''it happens all the time''.
** ''Film/TheBigRedOne'' was mostly shot in Israel without American help, and Fuller was quite proud after a screening of his film drove General Patton's son to lament that "the film had no recruiting potential".
* The {{CIA}}'s involvement with ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' actually became a major component of the controversy that surrounded the film, with [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/criticalintel/10180-The-Pentagon-Goes-Hollywood some]] feeling that this was the reason for the film's depiction of the CIA's EnhancedInterrogationTechniques. While director Creator/KathrynBigelow and writer Mark Boal may or may not have approved of the use of torture, there was a strong chance that the CIA liaisons advising them ''did''.
* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', original version, was another film where the army refused to help-they didn't like the film's peaceful message. The filmmakers ultimately got their tanks and weaponry from the National Guard instead.
* For the film ''{{Film/Stealth}}'', the US Navy allowed the crew to film mockups of the fictional F-37 and other scenes on their aircraft carriers such as the USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Nimitz, and USS Carl Vinson. Allegedly, the Russian military initially panicked when their satellite surveillance photos showed a previously unseen, futuristic fighter plane on US aircraft carriers.
* The military was very helpful with their portrayal in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', as they ultimately help save the planet alongside Superman.
* The Georgia Army National Guard provided assistance to ''Film/InvasionUSA1985'''s production, including [[spoiler:the Patton tanks, Huey helicopers, M113 [=APCs=], and the soldiers you see towards the end of the movie]].
* Navy [=SEALs=] were involved in the making of ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl''. They were inside the underwater tank used for the "underwater kissing" scene.
* The Department of Defense served as advisers for the portrayal of the Navy in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' while also providing ships and aircraft for use in filming. The [=DoD=] wanted the Navy in particular to be used for the film because they had relatively little presence in films of the previous decade compared to the Army and Air Force. It was reportedly a tricky balancing act between portraying the military in a heroic manner and showing them as largely useless against the NighInvulnerable monsters they face. [[http://www.army.mil/article/126174 This article]] also describes some of the behind the scenes things that took place for this film.
** Notably, military vehicles have no positive effect on the monsters and sometimes a detrimental one to humans (Godzilla taking out the Golden Gate Bridge can be directly attributed to the Navy ships firing on it, the helicopter attack in Hawaii only succeeds in destroying several passenger jets in a crash), but military personnel on foot do make successful strikes or delaying actions.
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' had Eddie Egan and Buddy Rosso, the real-life cops the story was based on, hired as consultants. They were able to use their connections to get a verbal agreement with the NYPD and MTA to shoot the ending chase scene in Brooklyn. The law required trained personnel to operate the train, so real MTA staff, including the conductor, played their respective parts in the film.
* ''Film/TheMartian'' consulted extensively with NASA to ensure an accurate depiction of the Mars mission, to the point where the Ares missions in the movie are based on actual NASA plans for similar missions in the 2030s.
* Very pointedly averted on ''Film/TheDayAfter''. The military was pretty happy to help the filmmakers so long as the script was changed for it to explicitly say that the nuclear exchange that appears on the film was the result of the Russians firing their nukes first. The director and screenwriter refused to do this change (the reason being that the film's message was that it didn't mattered ''who'' fired first, those who survived would be screwed by [[AfterTheEnd the subsequent devastation]] anyway). And so the military refused to provide help (meaning that the scenes where we see NORAD personnel detecting incoming missiles and getting ready to fire retaliatory nukes? That was footage from a declassified training film).
* ''Film/Apollo13'' received a lot of help from people at NASA, astronauts and ground crew alike, to ensure all the technical details were as accurate as possible. As a result, some of the reproduction shots were so good that ''they fooled NASA into thinking they were the real deal'', with Buzz Aldrin asking where they got such good stock footage of a Saturn V launch.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' is notable as a series that had a great deal of Navy & Marine Corps support starting with the third season, and many episodes that were clearly [[WriterOnBoard Military On Board]].
* JAG's spin-off series ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' also relies heavily on official support from the Navy cops it portrays, as does its own spin-off series ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''.
* Franchise/StargateVerse:
** Originally the Air Force just wanted to review the scripts to ''Series/StargateSG1'', but the producers decided to ask for advisors to avoid ArtisticLicenseMilitary, and actually listened to them (though a few errors still got through - Samantha's hair getting too long, Gen. Landry having his hands in his pockets, etc). Before long, the show was using real Air Force personnel playing many of its extras, and two Chiefs of Staff appearing as themselves: Generals [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_E._Ryan Michael E. Ryan]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_P._Jumper John P. Jumper]]. In a testament to how much the military likes the Franchise/StargateVerse, the real life NORAD has a door inside the building labeled "Stargate Command"[[note]]it's a broom closet[[/note]], and Richard Dean Anderson was named an honorary Air Force brigadier general for his role as Jack O'Neill.[[note]]O'Neill would go on to outrank his actor, eventually shown as a 3-star lieutenant general on ''Series/StargateUniverse''.[[/note]]
** In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', the Navy let them film the outside and inside of a real nuclear attack submarine, in the Arctic, doing a number of through the ice-pack surfaces for it. Not to be outdone, the Air Force let them film inside real F-15's.
** InUniverse, ''[[ShowWithinAShow Wormhole X-Treme!]]'' is backed by the Air Force to provide PlausibleDeniability to the stargate program. That was the idea, anyway: it ended up getting [[{{Series/Firefly}} cancelled after the third episode and then got a movie several years later.]]
* Common to pretty much all shows produced by Jack Webb:
** ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' was backed very heavily by the Los Angeles Police Department, and many off-duty officers became extras. Rather than let the producers of the show make mock-ups of the LAPD's distinctive shield-shaped badges, the two main characters were allowed to borrow genuine ones that were brought to the set every day by a police adviser. Reportedly, Joe Friday even had a working phone number. When Jack Webb, the actor who played Sgt. Joe Friday died, the badge number he used, 714, was retired from the LAPD, and is now buried with him.
** ''Series/AdamTwelve'' also had lots of LAPD assistance.
** ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' was backed by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
** ''Series/ProjectUFO'' was backed by the United States Air Force.
* Gunnery Sergeant (Honorary) Creator/RLeeErmey. A retired Marine drill instructor, he's portrayed similar roles in several movies and served as military technical adviser as well. He's hosted two military-themed shows ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail_Call Mail Call]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_N%27_Load_with_R._Lee_Ermey Lock 'n Load]]), and never had a problem accessing military bases and the biggest explosion-making toys they could offer.
* Due to being filmed in New York, the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' franchise has been able to use the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops NYPD's]] Movie/Television Division to full effect.
* The various incarnations of ''TopGear'' often manage to get the participation of military services and their hardware:
** The original ''Series/TopGear'' pitted a British Army Apache attack helicopter against a Lotus Exige, to see if the car could outrun or evade it.[[note]][[CurbStompBattle Of course it couldn't.]] Helicopters don't have to follow roads or go around buildings like cars do.[[/note]]
** [[Series/TopGearUS The American version]] redid the "attack helicopter vs. sports car" scenario with a Cobra and a Dodge Viper, but without official military participation (it was a retired and privately-owned Cobra.) ''Top Gear Korea'' apparently did a similar bit, [[http://www.leftlanenews.com/top-gear-korea-cobra-helicopter-turbines-fail-crashes-in-arizona-desert-video.html which ended up with the helicopter crashing]].
** Played straight in another episode of Series/TopGearUS, where the hosts tried to use a Mercedes G-Class to outrun the 101st Airborne Division. They filmed in an actual military training ground, and the 101st used everything at their disposal, from helicopters to drones to Oshkosh [=M-ATVs=].
* ''Series/KVille'' was filmed on location in New Orleans and the show was allowed to use the real-life uniforms and logos of the New Orleans Police.
* Oddly enough, ParanormalInvestigation shows get backing from the military as well. The ''Series/GhostHunters'' were asked to investigate the USS ''Lexington'' and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base while the ''Series/GhostAdventures'' crew were asked to investigate the USS ''Hornet''.
** FridgeBrilliance when you think about it. What better way to attract tourists than to have a frequently-watched TV show say your ship is haunted?
* The documentary miniseries ''Series/VictoryAtSea''.
* For most of the latter half of the 20th century, the city of Chicago rarely permitted television shows or movies to use their police department's insignias, reportedly after ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' mucked up their reputation. Shows and movies often had to make due with CaptainErsatz versions of the CPD (''Series/HillStreetBlues'' was supposedly set in a metropolis resembling Chicago that was never named). ''Series/TheChicagoCode'', on the other hand, depicted the CPD quite accurately and was filmed on location. One possible explanation for the change was the fact that while the original ban was put into place by Mayor Richard J. Daley, his son and successor Richard M. Daley left office shortly before the show began production. This would be followed by ''Show/ChicagoFire'' in 2012, with assistance from the Chicago Fire Department, and ''Show/ChicagoPD'' in 2014, albelt the 2nd series ever to gain assistance from the CPD.
* The first show produced by Creator/GeneRoddenberry was ''The Lieutenant'', about a young U.S. Marine Corps officer. It was filmed with cooperation and technical support from the Marines, who withheld approval of one script that dealt with racial themes (and had Nichelle Nichols, who would go on to star on [[Franchise/StarTrek another of Roddenberry's shows]], in a guest star role). The official position, apparently, was that the military did not have racial problems. Roddenberry went ahead and filmed the episode anyway, [[MissingEpisode but it was not aired]].
* ''Series/TheAgency'' was Backed By The CIA, and was advertised as being the first time filming was allowed inside the actual CIA headquarters.
* ''Series/WithoutATrace'' was filmed with the support of the FBI. In exchange, each episode was accompanied by a PSA about a real missing person.

* The [[http://carrierclassic.net/ Carrier Classic]], a Collegiate UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} game is played annually on the deck of an aircraft carrier (hence the name), with the agreement of the Navy. Rivals Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina played the first game on the deck of the USS ''Carl Vinson'' at Naval Base San Diego on Veterans Day 2011 (11/11/11). The [[http://espn.go.com/ncb/photos?gameId=313150127 visuals alone are freaking epic]], especially as the sun sets.
* Similar to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' using ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the developers behind ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' got help from Valve to recreate the set pieces of No Mercy, a level used in Valve's ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' series. This collaboration helped create the No Mercy DLC for PAYDAY which has familiar set pieces like the vending machines and being startled by the Witch.

* The music video for Music/{{Cher}}'s "If I Could Turn Back Time" was shot on the USS Missouri, with crew members as extras. The Navy [[OldShame found the video to be such an embarrassment]] that to this day, they have never allowed a music act to shoot a video on one of their ships.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' 2010 reboot as well as its direct sequel ''Warfighter'' received technical advice from actual Tier One operators in the U.S. military. It later turned out that these operators did ''not'' have Pentagon permission to advise on the games for ''both'' occasions, and they were subsequently disciplined, making this a SubvertedTrope.
* The U.S. Army commissioned a special version of ''VideoGame/{{BattleZone|1980}}'' from Creator/{{Atari}} as a trainer for the Bradley fighting vehicle.
* ''[[VideoGame/AmericasArmy America's Army]]'' was developed by the U.S. military for use as a recruitment tool.
* Sledgehammer Games enlisted the assistance of a "scenario planner" [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-got-help-from-actual/1100-6421964 from the Pentagon]] for ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In a non-military example, the WesternAnimation/SouthPark episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", which lampooned VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, received extensive support from Creator/BlizzardEntertainment, including the use of the Burning Crusade test servers to film the in-game portions of the episode.

!!!Non-US examples

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/YomigaeruSoraRescueWings'' revolves around Japan Air Self Defense Force search and rescue operations, and got considerable support from the Defense Agency (now the Defense Ministry). Footage from the show was later used in JASDF recruiting ads.
* The production crew for the anime of ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'' visited a Japan Air Self-Defense Force base in Komatsu (which, incidentally, is the same air base that ''Yomigaeru Sora'' above received much of its military advisors from) and recorded actual jet noises as they took off. Several officers from the JASDF also provided technical assistance on making sure the aerial lingo was accurate.
* ''Anime/RocketGirls'' was written with technical advice from UsefulNotes/{{JAXA}}, which is the Japanese counterpart to UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}. A JAXA astronaut even gets a cameo [[AsHimself As Herself]] in episode 7.
* ''Manga/UchuuKyoudai'' was created with advice from both NASA and JAXA. In fact, whenever space technology was shown in the anime it had to be approved by both organizations. By adhering to these rules the series was allowed to use NASA's logo during production. And in fact, JAXA astronaut made two cameos in the anime, one of them recorded while he was on the ISS.
* The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force provided technical assistance for the anime adaptation of ''Manga/ArpeggioOfBlueSteel'', and allowed the use of the destroyer ''Kirishima'' and their base at Yokosuka to film the music video for the opening theme song.
* The JSDF capitalized on the anime adaptation of ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' and incorporated it into [[http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1326971#msg40530813 a recruitment campaign.]]
* In 2015, the Japanese government opened a new organization dedicated to combating cyber-crimes related to internet usage and technology, and used ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' to promote it.

* The filmmakers of the original ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' film were denied this support but in an interesting way of getting around that they found out the schedule of a military convoy (on its way to be decommissioned) and filmed it twice along its route without permission. This does explain why miniatures for military vehicles are used here and in later ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies even in scenes that don't feature any of the {{Kaiju}}. It was also filmed in cooperation with the Japanese Coast Guard.
* The Film/JamesBond film ''Film/GoldenEye'' was backed by the French navy, who lent the crew a frigate and a helicopter for a scene in which the helicopter is stolen (the helicopter is a model in later scenes though).
** In return, the French Naval officer who was to be killed by Xenia Onatopp during sex had to be turned into a Canadian.
** During the production of ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', [=MI6=] initially moved to block the filming of the scene where a bomb is set off through rigged money, citing security concerns - but were overruled by Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, saying "After all Bond has done for Britain, it was the least we could do for Bond."
* The ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies used the New Zealand army to do tasks from landscaping Hobbiton to filling out their legions of extras. The Mordor and Black Gate scenes were filmed on an abandoned minefield, being the only place in [[SceneryPorn New Zealand]] with the right amount of ash and desolation.
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' had the help of the Irish Army, Navy, and British [=MoD=] reserves for use as extras during the Omaha Beach sequence.
* Irish Army Reservists also served as extras for ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. Since as Craig Charles put it, "(they) see very little real action and were probably making the best of it", [[FightingIrish on-site medical personnel were kept rather busy during the fight sequences]].
* The sixties Danish monster movie ''Film/{{Reptilicus}}'' featured dozens of soldiers and displays of some of the best gear possessed by the Danish army at the time (apparently unusual at the time; most similar movies had to rely on StockFootage). That didn't stop the movie from being [[SoBadItsGood hilariously awful]], though.
* In ''Film/{{Hero}}'', starring Creator/JetLi, the extras playing the soldiers of the Qin army were actual Chinese soldiers provided by the PLA. This was once again done in the Three Kingdoms period pieces ''Film/RedCliff'' and ''Red Cliff 2'' where the soldiers of the Wei, Shu and Wu armies were PLA soldiers.
* ThoseWackyNazis used thousands of soldiers, some diverted from fighting positions at considerable cost, as extras in the 1945 movie ''Film/{{Kolberg}}'', about the unsuccessful (though it was successful in the film) resistance of the fortress-town of Kolberg against the French in 1807. By the time the movie came out there were few theatres left unbombed to watch it in, so its propaganda effect was minimal to say the least.
** ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' had a fictional depiction of this, though only showing one actual soldier involved in the [[ShowWithinAShow film]].
* Despite being set in a galaxy far, far away, Franchise/StarWars films have often had help from real-world militaries.
** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Norwegian reservists played the soldiers in the Battle for the Ice Planet Hoth.
** In ''Film/RogueOne: A Star Wars Story'', the Imperial stormtroopers that are stationed on Scarif are portrayed by members of the Maldivian Army. Likewise, the rebel soldiers who emerge from the U-Wing transport ship in the final battle are all U.S. Army veterans.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and ''Film/TheLastJedi'' had Irish Navy vessels provide perimeter security around Skellig Michael during filming. In honour of the franchise, the ''Samuel Beckett'' adopted Yoda as their ship's mascot.
* French director Abel Gance was able to get military assistance in making the anti-war film ''JAccuse'' (1919) by convincing them it was going to be a propaganda movie. 2000 soldiers on leave from the Battle of Verdun played soldiers who rise from their graves to condemn the uncaring civilians. [[HarsherInHindsight Within a few weeks of their return to the front, eighty per cent of these soldiers had been killed.]]
* In ''Film/TheBeastOfWar'', Captain Dale Dye negotiated to get an old Russian tank from the Israeli Defence Forces. The film, set in Afghanistan, was shot in the Sinai desert.
* Possibly the most epic example: Sergey Bondarchuk's 1968 ''Film/{{War and Peace|1966}}'' movie, featuring horses and entire ''military units'' (as well as a special "cinematographical cavalry corps") provided by the Soviet Ministry of Defense. But then, the Soviet Ministry of Defense was very fond of this trope in general, often providing soldiers for patriotic war films set during the Napoleonic Wars and the Russian Civil War.
** In fact, the aforementioned last real cavalry regiment in Soviet and then the Russian army - the 11th Cavalry Regiment - was really kept almost entirely for the filmmaking purposes. It is even unofficially called "Mosfilm regiment" after the country's largest film studio is is usually subordinated to. (Today it is the Cavalry Squadron of the Presidential Regiment, reporting as part of the Federal Protective Service.)
* Sergei Bondarchuk did the same thing in 1971 in ''Film/{{Waterloo}}'', where Soviet soldiers were used in huge shots featuring thousands of soldiers. HilarityEnsues in several known instances where the soldiers panicked and scattered during scenes with cavalry charges.
* Most of the U.S. Marines who invade the Bashaw's palace in ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' were actually Spanish Special Forces, as the movie was filmed in Spain, with Sevilla and Almeria standing in for Tangier.
* Many Vietnam War movies, such as ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' and the ''Film/MissingInAction'' series, were filmed in the Philippines, which has jungles, needs money, and most importantly, uses US military equipment. The Armed Forces of the Philippines often lent vehicles and aircraft such as F-5s and Hueys to the film makers in place of American military vehicles and airplanes.
** Ironically the helicopters in ''Apocalypse Now'' were taken away to fight real-life communist guerillas in mid-production.
** Speaking of the Philippines ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' featured real-life personnel of the Philippine National Police's Manila Police District in scenes shot in the capital in 2012.
** Likewise Creator/RogerCorman quickly realised the advantage of filming his exploitation cheapies there, such as the GirlsBehindBars movies which - besides the gratuitous nudity and mud-wrestling - also had plenty of action scenes.
* The Swiss comedy movie ''Achtung, Fertig, Charlie!' (English: ''Ready, Set, Charlie!') set in basic training of the Swiss Army was supported by the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (yes, it is rather odd) by providing vehicles, extras etc. Later on, said department criticised the moviemakers for their "unrealistic, comical illustration of basic training"...a claim most Swiss thought was silly, even if they agreed it was true, seeing as Switzerland has universal male conscription.
* According to Creator/TurnerClassicMovies, the castle in Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/ThroneOfBlood'' was a full-scale authentic Japanese castle, built by US Marine Engineers as a construction exercise for the production.
* The Mexican military was going to provide the vehicles for the movie ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'', but they changed their minds once they found out the villain was an army general. The filmmakers had to make do with donations from private collectors.
* The remake ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'' got official support from the Chinese government, and features several prominent scenes set in notable national landmarks.
* Sergei Eisenstein's films are made of this trope. The best example would have to be the film ''Film/{{October}}: Ten days that shook the world'' in which Eisenstein convinced the powers that be to actually have the Cruiser "Aurora" shell the Winter Palace again. Apparently more people were injured in its re-enactment of the storming of the palace than were in the actual, historical event.
* ''Film/LordOfWar'' is a subversion. Most of the military hardware - like the rows of battle tanks and the piles of rifles - is real. But, consistent with the theme of the movie, the lenders weren't governments but private arms dealers. In fact, several scenes had to be rushed because the weapons and vehicles being used had found a surprise buyer.
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' borrowed some Casspir {{APC}}s for the film, and also used them as part of the South African advertising campaign.
* The live-action adaptation of '"Rescue Wings'' was set at the Komatsu JASDF airbase, and featured actual F-15s, UH-60Js and support from both the Air and Maritime Self Defense Forces.
* ''Film/IronEagle'' had to make use of [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles IAF]] aircraft, as the USAF thought the script was so ridiculous that there was no way in hell they'd support it. This explains why [[{{Qurac}} the enemy country]] is [[JustPlaneWrong using Israeli "Kfir" aircraft]].
* In ''Film/WorldWarZ'', the American aircraft carrier is actually British.
* The 2005 French air combat film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_Fighters Sky Fighters]]'' had all the air sequences flown by actual pilots from the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French Air Force]]; there was [[RealityIsUnrealistic absolutely no CGI used whatsoever]]. Even the film's climax, a desperate race against time to stop a terrorist attack on Bastille Day, was real: the filmmakers were granted special permission by the French government to fly military aircraft over Paris for one day. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They made that one day count.]]
* In stark contrast to the above, the 2011 [[http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/sky-fighters Chinese air combat film]] ''[[NamesTheSame Sky Fighters]]'' (which apparently is also known as ''Lock Destination'') is filled with CGI planes, despite being made with the full cooperation of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (specifically the Air Force Political Department of the People's Liberation Army). The plot takes great "inspiration" from ''Film/TopGun'' but if reviews of the film are any indication, it's a lot more of a snoozefest.
* ''Another'' air combat movie, the South Korean film ''Soar Into the Sun'' ([[MarketBasedTitle internationally released as ''R2B: Return to Base'']]) was released in 2012. It had the full support of the [[UsefulNotes/SouthKoreansWithMarines Republic of Korea Air Force]] and it shows in the usage of F-15Ks and T-50 fighter jets. It stars Korean superstar/heartthrob Rain as the main character, who after wrapping up filming, immediately enlisted in the military to fulfill his two years of mandatory national service.
* The Scottish gangster film ''The Wee Man'', about the life and crimes of the [[ViolentGlaswegian notorious Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris]] (and featuring him as a production consultant) is a spectacular aversion; not only did Strathclyde Police refuse to cooperate, the entire City of Glasgow refused to allow filming in its council ward, forcing the film-makers to use London instead.
* The first filming of ''Literature/TheUnknownSoldier'' was denied any actual military equipment from the Finnish Defense Forces due to disagreements with the director, with only authentic footage from battles in the Continuation War edited in to the film as well as theater props being used. The FDF however extensively backed the 1985 re-filming despite it being much darker and edgier - and, depending on whom you ask, more realistic and loyal to the book than the 1955's heavily romanticized version. The FDF did the same thing again for the 2017 version, which was on the basis of the uncut Sotaromaani version of the novel, but also was reportedly assisted by French military firm Rafale International, whose fighter planes have been recently in consideration to replace the Finnish Air Force FA-18 Hornets, as movie sponsor and one of the financial backers.
* ''Film/AhBoysToMen'', a series of Singaporean-made comedy movies was one of the few films to have ever been completely backed up by the [[UsefulNotes/SingaporeansWithStealthFrigates Singapore Armed Forces]] and the Ministry of Defence ([=MINDEF=]). The ActionPrologue featured real soldiers, vehicles ([[Main/ComputerGeneratedImages with slightly-adequate CGI]]) and tactics used by the Army, Navy and Air Force. Also notable; it is the first feature length film to have ever been filmed on Pulau Tekong, an nearby island used exclusively by the military where most recruits begin training.
** Speaking of Singapore, the 1991 movie ''The Last Blood'' and 1999's ''2000 AD'' featured Singapore Police Force personnel. A 3rd film, 2003's ''After School'', was released by the National Crime Prevention Council to promote teenage issues and to educate viewers about criminal acts affecting teens and students.
* The Dutch Army backed the production of ''Film/ABridgeTooFar''. Their post-war Leopard 1s play Panthers in the film.
* The Egyptian Cavalry Corps played the Pharaoh's chariot host in ''Film/TheTenCommandments''. The Egyptian Air Force also helped to create sand storms for the film with their fighter jet engines.
* Many scenes in ''Film/SinkTheBismarck'' were filmed using real [=WW2=] warships, thanks to producer John Brabourne being the son-in-law of the Chief of the Defence Staff and using this influence to obtain full cooperation of the Admiralty.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the climactic battle of the serial "The Invasion", most of the [=UNIT=] members are actual British soldiers of the Coldstream Guards. Highly impressive, considering ''Doctor Who'''s usual budget (a third of a shoestring).
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils The Sea Devils]]" saw the Royal Navy waive fees on StockFootage and many extras were played by volunteering sailors.
** The new series appears to be getting quite a bit of military backing, culminating in the appearance of Challenger II battle tanks in one of the Christmas specials.
* A Polish 1960s cult series on WWII called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Four tank men and a dog]]'' had its equipment granted (free of charge) by the Army. Either through connections or simply thanks to magic of Television. Someone called the general: "Comrade, we need a thousand men and a tank squad for two weeks, it's for TV series", and boom.
* ''TopGear'' frequently has appearances from members of the British Army or Royal Marines, taking part in all sorts of hijinks under the guise of car tests. This includes hunting down Jeremy Clarkson in a tank and more recently having the new Ford Fiesta take part in a Royal Marine beach assault.
** In one episode, the RAF[[note]]described as "a bunch of aeroplane enthusiasts"[[/note]] lend a Eurofighter Typhoon jet and pilot to race Richard Hammond's Buggati Veyron.
** Segments have taken place on the deck of an aircraft carrier at least twice.
* The production for CCTV's live-action TV adaptation of the ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' had some help from the People's Liberation Army, who provided a few divisions of troops for use as extras.
* The 1973-77 BBC series ''Warship'' was filmed on a number of Royal Navy vessels.
* ''Series/TheBill'' was backed By Scotland Yard and was allowed to use real police logos, actual uniforms and real equipment. When the show ended they bought all their props to prevent criminals getting hold of them.
* The Mexican show ''El Equipo'' (tagline: "They know Good Defeats Evil"), basically a 60-minutes long government ad, used troops of the security agencies. And vehicles. And equipment. ''And'' classified locations...
* In a decisively non-military example: The Australian series ''[[Series/H2OJustAddWater H2O: Just Add Water]]'' was backed by Australia's Gold Coast tourist board and Sea World, providing much of the SceneryPorn.
* The Iranian 2012 24-episode series ''Passion for Flight'' is a [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory dramatized account]] of the life of legendary Iranian ColonelBadass Abbas Babaei. It was financed by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_of_Martyrs_and_Veterans_Affairs Foundation of Martyrs and Veteran Affairs]], which is an Iranian governmental entity that receives funding from the government's [[StateSec Revolutionary Guards]]. The entire series is available on [[https://www.shiatv.net/plist.php?plist=2779 ShiaTV.net]] with English subtitles.
* UsefulNotes/{{JAXA}} (the Japanese NASA counterpart mentioned in the Anime folder) gave their support to ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''; best seen with the use of the Tsukuba Space Center in the opening sequence and in a few episodes.
* 6 Mediacorp Channel 8 Chinese dramas were co-produced with the assistance of the Singapore Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence: ''Army Series'' (1983), ''Air Force'' (1988), ''Navy'' (1990), ''Be Somebody'' (2004), ''The Recruit Diaries'' (2013) and ''When Duty Calls'' (2017).
** 6 Chinese Dramas on Channel 8 were co-produced with the Singapore Civil Defence Force and were allowed use of equipment, facilities and vehicles for filming.
** Aside from police documentaries Crimewatch (1986-present) and True Crimes (1982-87), ''a record 20 television dramas and 2 television movies'' on Singaporean television were produced with the help of the Singapore Police Force. It also helps that the first ever police drama, the Mandarin Chinese ''Seletrar Robbery'' of 1982, is considered Singapore's 1st ever locallly-produced Chinese language TV drama. Its lead actor, the late Huang Wenyong, would later be the first ever Chinese TV superstar in Singaporean history, leading the way for other Singaporean Chinese actors and actresses to follow.
** Speaking of Chinese language dramas in Mandarin Mediacorp has always made partnerships with Chinese film and TV production companies within the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR inclusive, given that the pioneer generation of Singapore TV drama cast members came from Hong Kong during its British colonial period. Thanks to these and to backing from the national and local governments, Mediacorp's landmark Chinese historical dramas have always been mostly filmed within Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, if not within Singapore itself if the historical drama is set in the city state, given its small size.
* Malaysia has had the same case as in Singapore. For example, two currently running firefighter dramas are co-produced with the help of the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia - Astro Ria's ''Abang Bomba I Love You'' and TV 2's ''Hero''. Same case falls for military and police dramas (with assistance from the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Royal Malaysia Police, the Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Ministries of Defense and Home Affairs).
* Cuba's near distance from the US makes it the only socialist country (and only Carribean country) that makes US-style police dramas, which are co-produced since 1988 by the Film and Cinematic Laboratories of the Ministry of the Interior's National Revolutionary Police (termed as ''policiaco'' in Spanish). The first such drama, Cubavision's ''Dia y Noche'' (Day and Night), which debuted two years before ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' in the US, was a LongRunner, running until the early 2000s.

* Mexican singer Luis Miguel does this in his 80's music video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMWN5yHUv4o La Incondicional]]'', since the video is basically [[FollowTheLeader a Mexican version of]] ''Film/TopGun'', and the Mexican Air Force lended their equipment just for this video.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Similar to the ''America's Army'' example above, the Chinese FPS game 光荣使命 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glorious_Mission ("Glorious Mission")]] was developed by the [[UsefulNotes/ChineseWithChopperSupport People's Liberation Army]] as a recruiting tool & a means of recreation for active-duty soldiers. The initial version of the game was restricted for use only on military bases, followed by a civilian release sometime later calling itself [[GratuitousEnglish "Passion Leads Army"]].
* Russian Federal Drug Control Service financed a FPS game titled ''"Боец спецназа ФСКН Pоссии"'' [[http://www.gamer.ru/boets-spetsnaza-fskn-rossii ("Russian Special Forces Soldier FSKN ")]].
* The UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-themed game ''ValiantHearts'' was done with the support of ''Mission Centenaire 14-18'', the French government's official commission on remembrances for the Great War's 100th Anniversary.
* When Namco was developing ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'', Project ACES requested the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force to show them some fighter jets so they could get realistic sounds of the engines. With an F-22, they were only able to fire up 1 engine to about 40% max power before being told that the brakes would no longer hold it in place.