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Anime and Manga
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, Germany attempts to whip Italy into shape, only to find that Italy is only good at running away.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OAV 4 "Yet Another Man's Battlefield" is an Adaptation Expansion 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 Maes Hughes and the result of befriending fellow cadet Heathcliffe/Heiss Clif Arber, who happens to be Ishvalan.
- In Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, it is the protagonist who organizes a boot camp on two occasions, playing the Drill Sergeant Nasty. And he's very good at it.
- Much of the middle portion of Legionnaire involves training Twilight Sparkle to be able to merely survive her upcomming mission.
- The Lion King Adventures has two stories featuring this trope.
Live Action TV
- Done in The Andy Griffith Show 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 The Colbert Report's series from Iraq featured Stephen going through a boot camp. Stephen never broke character, and the Drill Sergeant Nasty never cracked a smile.
- Family Matters had Urkel and Eddie infiltrate a boot camp in order to convince an emotionally hurt Waldo to leave.
- Heartbreak High: A plotline involving two characters wanting to join the army leads to several episodes in basic training.
- JAG: A first season episode had Meg go undercover as a female Marine recruit, to investigate the suspicious death of another female recruit.
- 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 "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."
- Laverne & Shirley had a two-part episode where they joined the army. Vicki Lawrence guest-starred as their Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- Murdoch Mysteries: The B-plot of the episode "Kommando" involves the veteran Inspector Brackenreid re-enlisting to fight against the Boers in South Africa. After a rather rocky start, his experience and leadership skills (mentoring a younger fellow recruit on how to use a bayonet) prompt the drill instructor to offer to falsify his age on his enlistment papers. Brackenreid negotiates for a full decade deduction on the records, but later changes his mind after his wife insists he be the one to explain his decision to their two young sons.
- NCIS: The eleventh episode of season three, "Model Behavior", has a reality show with models set at a boot camp.
- Done on Popular as a method of punishment, and to introduce another Glass sibling.
- In Raumschiff GameStar, the newly-appointed Number Two Stangl organizes one for the rest of the crew, with himself cast as a Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch had her get sent there by her aunts for crashing a train into the living room.
- The kids on Saved by the Bell had a rudimentary training experience in one episode (rope climbing, running through tires).
- Shortland Street has done at least one arc about it, with Daniel Potts being sent there as punishment for selling bootleg MP3 players.
- The Star Trek: Voyager episode "Learning Curve" has Tuvok put four Maquis through a crash course in Starfleet training.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season two episode "Goodbye To All That" has John enroll in military school and Derek sign up as a teacher.
- An instance where the "episode" lasted most of the series: Beetle Bailey 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 two love interests. He's been in Camp Swampy ever since.
- Shoe had a running gag where Skyler wound up spending every summer in Marine Corps boot camp.
- Bill Mauldin's Willie And Joe was this for the first three years.
- For part of Rocket Age's Trail of the Scorpion campaign the heroes are sent to the Rocket Rangers' training camp, to prepare for the final push.
- The 2 Stupid Dogs were sent to a "cartoon boot camp" in "Cartoon Canines".
- One of the Warner Siblings shorts in Animaniacs has them discovering boot camp (They all think it's summer camp, Dot thinks it has to do with fashionable footwear). Hilarity Ensues.
- A similar thing occurred in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, but with prison camp. Similar hilarity ensues though.
- Aqua Teen Hungerforce 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 Ironic Echo Cut.
- Bugs Bunny was once enlisted in the army in Forward March Hare.
- He was also enlisted in the U.S Marines during WW2, and retired at the end of the war a Master Sergeant...
- CatDog gets a military-style experience... at a clown school.
- In the Code Lyoko episode "I'd Rather Not Talk About It", the Lyoko Warriors go to boot camp under Jim to get in shape.
- Codename: Kids Next Door 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 Father arrives to steal the Code Module.
- Dave the Barbarian: when Dave and Fang joined the Mongrel Horde.
- Donald Duck had a number of boot camp episodes all while under Sergeant Pete. There was Donald Gets Drafted, The Vanishing Private, Sky Trooper, Fall Out Fall In and The Old Army Game.
- The Fairly Oddparents: In "Operation F.U.N." Timmy inadvertently wishes to send him and his friends to a boot camp named Camp F.U.N. after a lie by Remy Buxaplenty. Later on the episode "Wishing Well" has Timmy sentenced by Jorgen to a boot camp where he could learn to accomplish tasks by himself without wishing for anything.
- On Family Guy Stewie signs himself and Brian up for the military after Brian tries to get Chris out of a recruitment contract.
- In Futurama, Fry and Bender enlist in order to take advantage of a discount for recruits in "War is the H-Word" (saving them 5 cents on the pack of gum they want to buy). They ask the recruiter if they can resign at any time with no consequences. The recruiter confirms this is true, "unless war were declared". Almost immediately, war were declared.
- Generator Rex 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 by passing.
- An episode of Disney's 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, Cloud Cuckoolander Icarus warms up to the military lifestyle.
- Invader Zim, "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 R. Lee Ermey.
- The Jetsons 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.
- Johnny Bravo accidentally joins the army rather than the Dodgeball Camp.
- King of the Hill had an episode where Cotton wanted Bobby to go to a boot camp to be toughened up.
- The short-lived Laverne & Shirley animated series had them joining the army. Their drill sergeant was a talking pig.
- The Little Lulu 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.
- Daffy Duck joins the Marines in The Looney Tunes Show episode "Semper Lie".
- The Mask: The season two episode "The Green Marine" showed how The Mask accidentally enlisted himself in the Marines.
- This was the Plot Point of the Mr. Bogus episode "Battle Action Bogus", where Bogus finds himself getting enlisted in a military base camp in Bogusland.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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 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).
- On Phineas and Ferb, the titular boys are sent to a boot camp after Candace actually manages to bust them. The camp (run by an evil drill sergeant) is designed to smother and stifle their creativity. It works. They get better. And then...
- In The Proud Family, Penny becomes a bad girl while coming up with an interesting story about The Gross Sisters for the school newspaper, and is sent to a boot camp style reformatory.
- The Ren and Stimpy episode "In the Army" features the duo in a boot camp. Just when Ren thinks he can't take anymore, the Drill Sergeant Nasty announces that they made the cut and are now "full-fledged tank paratroopers".
- In The Simpsons 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 The Simpsons Homer joins the Naval Reserve (Simpson Tide), and later the Army (G.I.-Annoyed Grunt).
- Star Wars Rebels:
- In the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode "Zach and the Alien Invadors", Zach is sent to a boot camp for constantly Crying Wolf 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.