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* In Gillian Bradshaw's ''Island of Ghosts'', this is most of Ariantes's motivation, although most of his time is spent keeping them from picking fights and falling into debt.
-->'''Eukairios''': Lord Flavinus, I have written, at my master's dictation, some sixty or seventy letters about the dragon's pay and allowances. He's given presents to officials in the legate's office, the governor's office, the grain commissary, and the treasury. He has, as you know, come up with complicated schemes to pay for the horses. We've worried over the price of glue to mend bows and the cost of a blacksmith's furnace. Would you have thought there was any detail of this troop's finances he didn't know about?
-->'''Longus:''' No...
-->'''Eukairios''': The commander's pay.

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* Always practiced by the TropeNamer for TheBrigadier in ''Series/DoctorWho.'' No matteer what kind of "space thuggery" was invading Earth this week, he never asked his people to do anything he was unwilling to do himself, and his first priority was always taking care of them. Like in the Narnia example above, he always led first, and retreated last.


* Many version of Optimus from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' share this philosophy.

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* Many version versions of Optimus from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' share this philosophy.



** Amberley's footnotes also point out that he follows this trope without even noticing. For example, one time a group of men swarm a tank ([[InsertGrenadeHere yes, like into melee range]]) and instead of using the anti-tank weapon he has a and killing some of them, Cain runs off to save the tank's target directly.

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** Amberley's footnotes also point out that he follows this trope without even noticing. For example, one time a group of men swarm a tank ([[InsertGrenadeHere yes, like into melee range]]) and instead of using the anti-tank weapon he has a and killing some of them, Cain runs off to save the tank's target directly.



* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': Imperial Grand Admiral Pellaeon makes good use of this trope, in contrast to the [[WeHaveReserves usual Imperial doctrine]]. A combination of looking out for the welfare of his troops, [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when retreat is called for]], and a lack of grandstanding or vanity projects helps him live long enough to, essentially, become top dog by default.
** He learned most of this from [[TheChessMaster Grand Admiral Thrawn]]. While at times he would administer hard discipline on his men (especially when they make ''stupid'' mistakes), when one makes a rather ingenious IndyPloy in an attempt to tractor in Luke's X-Wing? He promotes him despite it failing, and tasks him to find a counter for Luke's maneuver. This causes the entire crew of his ship to follow him to the death.

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': Imperial Grand Admiral Pellaeon makes good use of this trope, in contrast to the [[WeHaveReserves usual Imperial doctrine]]. A combination of looking out for the welfare of his troops, [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when retreat is called for]], and a lack of grandstanding or vanity projects helps help him live long enough to, essentially, become top dog by default.
** He learned most of this from [[TheChessMaster Grand Admiral Thrawn]]. While at times he would administer hard discipline on his men (especially when they make ''stupid'' mistakes), mistakes) when one makes a rather ingenious IndyPloy in an attempt to tractor in Luke's X-Wing? He promotes him despite it failing, failing and tasks him to find a counter for Luke's maneuver. This causes the entire crew of his ship to follow him to the death.



** In ''Invincible'', Desjani says that the bear-cows must have herd-leaders not officers -- officers would not have broken off from a disabled ship and left the men behind.

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** In ''Invincible'', Desjani says that the bear-cows must have herd-leaders herd-leaders, not officers -- officers would not have broken off from a disabled ship and left the men behind.



** In "Arsenal Port", Heim contemplates his motives for keeping on plugging in the wearisome, dangerous and unlikely to succeed journey; one might be this, though he's not sure.

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** In "Arsenal Port", Heim contemplates his motives for keeping on plugging in the wearisome, dangerous dangerous, and unlikely to succeed journey; one might be this, though he's not sure.



** This is essentially why Bran surrenders Winterfell to Theon and Theon's Ironborn men. He is hoping for peaceful resolution where no one got hurt. Unfortunately, that is not what happens.

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** This is essentially why Bran surrenders Winterfell to Theon and Theon's Ironborn men. He is hoping for a peaceful resolution where no one got hurt. Unfortunately, that is not what happens.



* General Hammond of ''Series/StargateSG1'' would often see to it that his people where taken care of before himself. Jack had shades of this as well.

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* General Hammond of ''Series/StargateSG1'' would often see to it that his people where were taken care of before himself. Jack had shades of this as well.



** In one episode Hawkeye refuses to leave to work for a general, because the men come first. He demands that the general admit it, and the general, with a sigh, does.

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** In one episode Hawkeye refuses to leave to work for a general, general because the men come first. He demands that the general admit it, and the general, with a sigh, does.



* ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' has a subverted civilian example. David Brent is constantly asserting that he places his staff above all other concerns, including his own career goals, but in reality he's just sucking up to be liked and will secretly sell out his staff to get promoted.

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* ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' has a subverted civilian example. David Brent is constantly asserting that he places his staff above all other concerns, including his own career goals, but in reality reality, he's just sucking up to be liked and will secretly sell out his staff to get promoted.



** Although far more prominent in novels (see the multiple listings under Literature), exemplifies this with the Imperial Guard. While all armies do field their military leaders as "HQ" units, the Guard has several choices to make. Certain builds for the generals are explicitly this (leading from the front with heavy armor so that their lower-ranked riflemen can [[BeamSpam do what they do best]]), and are typically fluffed as the "first in, last out, make sure the men are safe and supplied" types.

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** Although far more prominent in novels (see the multiple listings under Literature), it exemplifies this with the Imperial Guard. While all armies do field their military leaders as "HQ" units, the Guard has several choices to make. Certain builds for the generals are explicitly this (leading from the front with heavy armor so that their lower-ranked riflemen can [[BeamSpam do what they do best]]), best]]) and are typically fluffed as the "first in, last out, make sure the men are safe and supplied" types.



* In Theatre/TheGentlemanRanker Violet, a nurse, steals Lieutenant Harfords brandy for the men under her care when the hospital runs out. Harford begins to object, but Colonel Graylen overrules him, saying that of course it's the right thing to do.

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* In Theatre/TheGentlemanRanker Violet, a nurse, steals Lieutenant Harfords Harford's brandy for the men under her care when the hospital runs out. Harford begins to object, but Colonel Graylen overrules him, saying that of course it's the right thing to do.



** This is part of Ashley's family history. Her grandfather fought in the brief First Contact War, and surrendered to the turians to protect civilians and his (starving) troops. Unfortunately, the Alliance brass didn't see it that way, and unofficially blacklisted his entire family.

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** This is part of Ashley's family history. Her grandfather fought in the brief First Contact War, War and surrendered to the turians to protect civilians and his (starving) troops. Unfortunately, the Alliance brass didn't see it that way, way and unofficially blacklisted his entire family.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' Major Strickland of the U.S Marines is a fine example of this. After your team leader is captured he takes over as Nomad's commanding officer and provides support throughout the rest of the game. A very skilled and tough commander he always comes down on the battlefield himself and fights his battles alongside his Marines, he is always the first one on the battlefield and the last to be evacuated. In his final appearance in the game he even takes it so far as to stay behind to provide covering fire so his men can evacuate [[spoiler: leading to his death]], even in the face of extreme danger he takes it all in stride his final words to his men during this exchange are a testament to his status as a Marine:

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' Major Strickland of the U.S Marines is a fine example of this. After your team leader is captured he takes over as Nomad's commanding officer and provides support throughout the rest of the game. A very skilled and tough commander he always comes down on the battlefield himself and fights his battles alongside his Marines, he is always the first one on the battlefield and the last to be evacuated. In his final appearance in the game game, he even takes it so far as to stay behind to provide covering fire so his men can evacuate [[spoiler: leading to his death]], even in the face of extreme danger he takes it all in stride his final words to his men during this exchange are a testament to his status as a Marine:



* As he lays dying in the end of the Char campaign in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'', staring up at the Queen of Blades herself, [[spoiler: General Warfield's]] only request is that she let his wounded make it to safety. [[CharacterDevelopment She agrees.]]

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* As he lays dying in at the end of the Char campaign in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'', staring up at the Queen of Blades herself, [[spoiler: General Warfield's]] only request is that she let his wounded make it to safety. [[CharacterDevelopment She agrees.]]



** The Warden may opt to do this at one point in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. When the party [[spoiler:goes to rescue Queen Anora from Arl Howe's estate, they are confronted by TheDragon, Ser Cauthrien, and a very large contingent of soldiers.]] All of the options boil down to either fighting or surrendering. The battle is very arduous, especially on higher difficulty settings, and so the player may have the Warden surrender peacefully rather than risk their friends. TheDragon is actually impressed by the tactic, and lets everyone else in the party go free (although if Alistair is present, he insists on staying with the Warden). [[spoiler: This allows Anora to sneak out right under their noses, which was the whole point.]]
** The Inquisitor, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', has a similar option when [[spoiler:Corypheus invades Haven. Upon learning that they are the one who the enemy wants, one of the possible dialogue choices allows them to say that they'll give themselves up if it means everyone else will be spared. However, that won't happen (the enemy will kill everyone anyway), so instead the Inquisitor prepares to confront the enemy alone in order to give the others time to escape.]]

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** The Warden may opt to do this at one point in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. When the party [[spoiler:goes to rescue Queen Anora from Arl Howe's estate, they are confronted by TheDragon, Ser Cauthrien, and a very large contingent of soldiers.]] All of the options boil down to either fighting or surrendering. The battle is very arduous, especially on higher difficulty settings, and so the player may have the Warden surrender peacefully rather than risk their friends. TheDragon is actually impressed by the tactic, tactic and lets everyone else in the party go free (although if Alistair is present, he insists on staying with the Warden). [[spoiler: This allows Anora to sneak out right under their noses, which was the whole point.]]
** The Inquisitor, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', has a similar option when [[spoiler:Corypheus invades Haven. Upon learning that they are the one who the enemy wants, one of the possible dialogue choices allows them to say that they'll give themselves up if it means everyone else will be spared. However, that won't happen (the enemy will kill everyone anyway), so instead the Inquisitor prepares to confront the enemy alone in order to give the others time to escape.]]



* Graven Ashe from ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' does this for his loyal army of the Disfavoured. This is both his greatest strength, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve as it is the source of his Archon power]] to [[HealingHands protect and heal his soldiers through his Aegis]], and his greatest weakness as he cares so much about his men that he is loathe to use them in military action: The reason he serves [[UltimateEvil Kyros]] in the first place is because Kyros used his army as hostages to make him JoinOrDie. [[spoiler:His Archon power is actually a literal case of the men first, as Ashe isn't so much 'healing' his soldiers as 'taking their wounds onto himself'. The Disfavoured rank-and-file are unaware of this caveat to his powers, and Ashe never tells them because [[UndyingLoyalty they would inevitably stop fighting if they knew they were hurting him]].]]

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* Graven Ashe from ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' does this for his loyal army of the Disfavoured. This is both his greatest strength, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve as it is the source of his Archon power]] to [[HealingHands protect and heal his soldiers through his Aegis]], and his greatest weakness as he cares so much about his men that he is loathe to use them in military action: The reason he serves [[UltimateEvil Kyros]] in the first place is because that Kyros used his army as hostages to make him JoinOrDie. [[spoiler:His Archon power is actually a literal case of the men first, as Ashe isn't so much 'healing' his soldiers as 'taking their wounds onto himself'. The Disfavoured rank-and-file are unaware of this caveat to his powers, and Ashe never tells them because [[UndyingLoyalty they would inevitably stop fighting if they knew they were hurting him]].]]



** It could be considered a {{Deconstruction}}, as the men are only put first because they are a mercenary group. No men, means no jobs, which means no money. And if the men mutiny, no men, jobs, money or life.

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** It could be considered a {{Deconstruction}}, as the men are only put first because they are a mercenary group. No men, men means no jobs, which means no money. And if the men mutiny, no men, jobs, money or life.



** General Ulysses S. Grant had the WeHaveReserves attitude precisely because of his disdain for the whole war. He wanted it to end, and fast. Despite popular belief he was far from an uncaring reserve expending butcher. Just ask [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Porter Horace Porter]].

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** General Ulysses S. Grant had the WeHaveReserves attitude precisely because of his disdain for the whole war. He wanted it to end, and fast. Despite popular belief belief, he was far from an uncaring reserve expending butcher. Just ask [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Porter Horace Porter]].



** General Grant's reputation for having a WeHaveReserves mindset is mostly based on the Wilderness Campaign and is not really deserved. Grant was quite careful with his men, as the earlier western campaigns showed. When he had the real option of using more tactical finesse, such as during the Siege of Vicksburg, he could pull off great maneuvers that minimized casualties while winning spectacular victories. In the Wilderness he was trying for a war of maneuver but General Lee wouldn't let him and is the one who turned it into a meat grinder.
*** While Grant did send more troops into harm's way than previous generals, the soldiers did not complain because Grant did something no previous general did: Grant kept them moving forward, never in retreat. Being constantly on the offensive towards Richmond improved morale because it made the troops feel like they were closer to ending the war. Grant also improved the supply lines to where by mid-1864 the Army of the Potomac had every need taken care of: food, clothes, shoes, clean sheets, high-grade rifles and enough ammo for months, the works.

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** General Grant's reputation for having a WeHaveReserves mindset is mostly based on the Wilderness Campaign and is not really deserved. Grant was quite careful with his men, as the earlier western campaigns showed. When he had the real option of using more tactical finesse, such as during the Siege of Vicksburg, he could pull off great maneuvers that minimized casualties while winning spectacular victories. In the Wilderness Wilderness, he was trying for a war of maneuver but General Lee wouldn't let him and is the one who turned it into a meat grinder.
*** While Grant did send more troops into harm's way than previous generals, the soldiers did not complain because Grant did something no previous general did: Grant kept them moving forward, never in retreat. Being constantly on the offensive towards Richmond improved morale because it made the troops feel like they were closer to ending the war. Grant also improved the supply lines to where by mid-1864 the Army of the Potomac had every need taken care of: food, clothes, shoes, clean sheets, high-grade rifles rifles, and enough ammo for months, the works.



* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat had an example where his men were desperately lacking drinking water after a forced march through desert. They assembled what they had, in a helmet, and gave it to their commander. Alexander dumped it out on the sand with the line, "There is not enough for everyone, and if I drink, the others will faint." This gave a huge boost to morale: "So extraordinary was the effect of this action," says Arrian, "that the water wasted by Alexander was as good as a drink for every man in the army."

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* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat had an example where his men were desperately lacking drinking water after a forced march through the desert. They assembled what they had, in a helmet, and gave it to their commander. Alexander dumped it out on the sand with the line, "There is not enough for everyone, and if I drink, the others will faint." This gave a huge boost to morale: "So extraordinary was the effect of this action," says Arrian, "that the water wasted by Alexander was as good as a drink for every man in the army."



** As an example of Shackleton's leadership, the crew had decided to portion out food each day (determining who would get the most to eat that day) by drawing straws. Shackleton ''rigged the draw'' to ensure that the crewmen most in need received the food they needed to survive, and that the officers and himself never received more than the other men.
* In the Air Force Cadets, you line up for food in rank order, lower ranks eat first, higher ranks eat last,although this is the case in all types of cadets, not just Air.

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** As an example of Shackleton's leadership, the crew had decided to portion out food each day (determining who would get the most to eat that day) by drawing straws. Shackleton ''rigged the draw'' to ensure that the crewmen most in need received the food they needed to survive, survive and that the officers and himself never received more than the other men.
* In the Air Force Cadets, you line up for food in rank order, lower ranks eat first, higher ranks eat last,although last, although this is the case in all types of cadets, not just Air.



* It is difficult to overstate how much this trope made Julius Caesar's career as a general. He was known to have lax but fair discipline in the camp, he would overpay his soldiers and would even give them part of his own personal wealth if they couldn't be paid from the senate or hadn't captured any booty. He would also engage in their hardships with them and never ate, drank or slept while his soldiers were in danger. The amount of trust and fanatical devotion he got as a result was phenomenal and it was what enabled him to (get a map) march them from France to Rome, then to Spain (in record time) to fight a bloody war and back to Italy, then engage in a dangerous winter Mediterranean crossing to the modern Balkans while running a NavalBlockade during which he lost a third of his men, to fight a war against Pompey the Great in which he suffered heavy losses, down to Egypt to resolve a civil war and fight another war in Modern Tunisia, back up and through Syria to Asia minor to fight ANOTHER war, then back across to Spain to fight the bloodiest war of his life. All in about 3 years.

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* It is difficult to overstate how much this trope made Julius Caesar's career as a general. He was known to have lax but fair discipline in the camp, he would overpay his soldiers and would even give them part of his own personal wealth if they couldn't be paid from the senate or hadn't captured any booty. He would also engage in their hardships with them and never ate, drank drank, or slept while his soldiers were in danger. The amount of trust and fanatical devotion he got as a result was phenomenal and it was what enabled him to (get a map) march them from France to Rome, then to Spain (in record time) to fight a bloody war and back to Italy, then engage in a dangerous winter Mediterranean crossing to the modern Balkans while running a NavalBlockade during which he lost a third of his men, to fight a war against Pompey the Great in which he suffered heavy losses, down to Egypt to resolve a civil war and fight another war in Modern Tunisia, back up and through Syria to Asia minor to fight ANOTHER war, then back across to Spain to fight the bloodiest war of his life. All in about 3 years.



** Do note that Montgomery spent his entire career specialising in training his troops to the point of perfection, and insisting on making sure they had their every need met. He may have a reputation as an unimaginative commander, but his troops went into battle in good physical shape (as good as the UK could manage under wartime rationing), well-trained, with excellent logistics, and the good morale that goes with it. In fact, Monty even got into trouble when he decided to fight the incidence of VD not just by punitive measures, but by distributing condoms.
* This philosophy is the primary reason underlying the lopsided victories in the Falklands War and the two Gulf Wars, which demonstrated conclusively that professional volunteers led from the front can easily defeat three times their number of reluctant draftees commanded from behind. Militaristic societies like Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Argentina under the former military Junta tend to treat their officer corps like aristocrats with better food, uniforms and social privileges than their common soldiers; ironically this attitude tends to make their soldiers much less effective on the battlefield.

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** Do note that Montgomery spent his entire career specialising in training his troops to the point of perfection, perfection and insisting on making sure they had their every need met. He may have a reputation as an unimaginative commander, but his troops went into battle in good physical shape (as good as the UK could manage under wartime rationing), well-trained, with excellent logistics, and the good morale that goes with it. In fact, Monty even got into trouble when he decided to fight the incidence of VD not just by punitive measures, but by distributing condoms.
* This philosophy is the primary reason underlying the lopsided victories in the Falklands War and the two Gulf Wars, which demonstrated conclusively that professional volunteers led from the front can easily defeat three times their number of reluctant draftees commanded from behind. Militaristic societies like Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Argentina under the former military Junta tend to treat their officer corps like aristocrats with better food, uniforms uniforms, and social privileges than their common soldiers; ironically this attitude tends to make their soldiers much less effective on the battlefield.



** As the evacuation proceeded, it came under heavy fire. A Coast Guardsman, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Albert_Munro Douglas Munro]], put his boat in between the men evacuating and the enemy. He was killed in action, but received the Medal of Honor, the only Coast Guardsman ever to do so.

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** As the evacuation proceeded, it came under heavy fire. A Coast Guardsman, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Albert_Munro Douglas Munro]], put his boat in between the men evacuating and the enemy. He was killed in action, action but received the Medal of Honor, the only Coast Guardsman ever to do so.

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** Do note that Montgomery spent his entire career specialising in training his troops to the point of perfection, and insisting on making sure they had their every need met. He may have a reputation as an unimaginative commander, but his troops went into battle in good physical shape (as good as the UK could manage under wartime rationing), well-trained, with excellent logistics, and the good morale that goes with it. In fact, Monty even got into trouble when he decided to fight the incidence of VD not just by punitive measures, but by distributing condoms.


* Captain Brett Crozier of the carrier USS ''Theodore Roosevelt'' wrote a letter expressing concerns that his sailors were not adequately protected from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, which was then leaked to the press. Because of this, [[ShootTheMessenger he was relieved of command]]. [[https://twitter.com/Sotero269/status/1246034450225430529 His sailors chanted his name in tribute as he left the ship.]]
** The Acting Secretary of the Navy then flew to Guam to address the crew of the ''TR'', [[KickTheDog insulted their former captain]], was roundly booed and shouted down, and [[LaserGuidedKarma was forced to resign]] because of all the embarrassment he caused the Navy.

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* [[TheCaptain Captain Brett Crozier Crozier]] of the carrier USS ''Theodore Roosevelt'' wrote a letter expressing concerns that his sailors were not adequately protected from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, which was then leaked to the press. Because of this, [[ShootTheMessenger he was relieved of command]]. [[https://twitter.com/Sotero269/status/1246034450225430529 His sailors chanted his name in tribute as he left the ship.]]
** The Acting Secretary of the Navy then flew to Guam to address the crew of the ''TR'', [[KickTheDog insulted said their former captain]], captain was "either naive or stupid"]], was roundly booed and shouted down, and [[LaserGuidedKarma was forced to resign]] because of all the embarrassment he caused the Navy.


* Captain Brett Crozier wrote a letter expressing concerns that his sailors were not adequately protected from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, he was relieved of command. [[https://twitter.com/Sotero269/status/1246034450225430529 His sailors chanted his name in tribute as he left the ship.]]

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* Captain Brett Crozier of the carrier USS ''Theodore Roosevelt'' wrote a letter expressing concerns that his sailors were not adequately protected from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. pandemic, which was then leaked to the press. Because of this, [[ShootTheMessenger he was relieved of command.command]]. [[https://twitter.com/Sotero269/status/1246034450225430529 His sailors chanted his name in tribute as he left the ship.]]]]
** The Acting Secretary of the Navy then flew to Guam to address the crew of the ''TR'', [[KickTheDog insulted their former captain]], was roundly booed and shouted down, and [[LaserGuidedKarma was forced to resign]] because of all the embarrassment he caused the Navy.


* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Vimes, recovering from the Summoning Dark, insists on seeing how his men are doing.
** This occurs in previous books too. In ''Discworld/TheTruth'' Gaspode warns William that Vimes will "[[BerserkButton invent new ways of being angry just so he can try them on you]]" after William drops a particularly nasty scent-bomb in front of Angua.

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', ''Literature/{{Thud}}'', Vimes, recovering from the Summoning Dark, insists on seeing how his men are doing.
** This occurs in previous books too. In ''Discworld/TheTruth'' ''Literature/TheTruth'' Gaspode warns William that Vimes will "[[BerserkButton invent new ways of being angry just so he can try them on you]]" after William drops a particularly nasty scent-bomb in front of Angua.

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* Captain Brett Crozier wrote a letter expressing concerns that his sailors were not adequately protected from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, he was relieved of command. [[https://twitter.com/Sotero269/status/1246034450225430529 His sailors chanted his name in tribute as he left the ship.]]


* In ''Film/WeWereSoldiers'', two officers are contrasted. One wants to [[GloryHound win medals]]. The other is both obsessive about both detail and his men; during a forced march, he has his men take off their boots to check for injuries. On finding that the soldier he is examining has a truly squick-inducing burst blister, he tells him to report to the quartermaster for new boots. Hal Moore, the Unit C.O., approves this approach, clearly putting him in this class even before he delivers a speech that assures his men that "when we go into battle, I will be the first one to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together." Interview footage of the real Hal Moore shows that this was based on reality; while asking the American public to appreciate the strength of the ordinary fighting man, he becomes so audibly choked up that he can barely get the words out.
** And of course, when they do go into battle, [[NotHyperbole he is in fact the first soldier off the choppers, and the last one to leave the battlefield at the end.]]

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* In ''Film/WeWereSoldiers'', two officers are contrasted. One wants to [[GloryHound win medals]]. The other is both obsessive about both detail and his men; during a forced march, he has his men take off their boots to check for injuries. On finding that the soldier he is examining has a truly squick-inducing burst blister, he tells him to report to the quartermaster for new boots. Hal Moore, the Unit C.O., approves this approach, clearly putting him in this class even before he delivers a speech that assures his men that "when we go into battle, I will be the first one to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together." Interview footage of the real Hal Moore shows that this was based on reality; while asking the American public to appreciate the strength of the ordinary fighting man, he becomes so audibly choked up that he can barely get the words out.
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out. And of course, when they do go into battle, [[NotHyperbole he is in fact the first soldier off the choppers, and the last one to leave the battlefield at the end.]]



* In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye refuses to leave to work for a general, because the men come first. He demands that the general admit it, and the general, with a sigh, does.

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In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye refuses to leave to work for a general, because the men come first. He demands that the general admit it, and the general, with a sigh, does.



*** Of course, at the time, the rules actually ''were'' 'friendly wounded first, then prisoners'.


* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese]] [[PropagandaMachine propaganda]] tried to cover up atrocities against prisoners of war by claiming that it was the fault of American officers who had no compassion for their own men and refused to surrender until their men were already dying of hunger and disease. This is stunningly ironic when one considers the way most (but not all) Japanese Officers treated their own men.

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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese]] [[PropagandaMachine propaganda]] tried to cover up atrocities against prisoners of war by claiming that it was the fault of American officers who had no compassion for their own men and refused to surrender until their men were already dying of hunger and disease. This is stunningly ironic when one considers the way that most (but not all) Japanese Officers treated their own men.men ''in the exact same way.''


* Lesser example, but during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, General George [=McClellan=] was known for putting the welfare of his troops above anything else, including ''attacking Robert E. Lee''. This caused [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Lincoln]] a lot of consternation; after [=McClellan=] failed to pursue Lee's army after the bloody battle of Antietam, a move that almost certainly lengthened the war, Lincoln fired him. A more well-known and successful general (in terms of actual victories) was Ulysses S. Grant; who was more of the WeHaveReserves mindset and often lost more men than Lee, though the Union was more able to replace losses than the Confederacy.

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* Lesser example, but during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, General George [=McClellan=] was known for putting the welfare of his troops above anything else, including ''attacking Robert E. Lee''. This caused [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Lincoln]] a lot of consternation; after [=McClellan=] failed to pursue Lee's army after the bloody battle of Antietam, a move that almost certainly lengthened the war, war (And thus guaranteeing a greater death toll in it than if [=McClellan=] had the fortitude and initiative to fight more aggressively, especially in Antietam when the enemy's secret battle plans practically fell into his lap.), Lincoln fired him. A more well-known and successful general (in terms of actual victories) was Ulysses S. Grant; who was more of the WeHaveReserves mindset and often lost more men than Lee, though the Union was more able to replace losses than the Confederacy.


* Although far more prominent in novels (see the multiple listings under Literature), ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' exemplifies this with the Imperial Guard. While all armies do field their military leaders as "HQ" units, the Guard has several choices to make. Certain builds for the generals are explicitly this (leading from the front with heavy armor so that their lower-ranked riflemen can [[BeamSpam do what they do best]]), and are typically fluffed as the "first in, last out, make sure the men are safe and supplied" types.

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Although far more prominent in novels (see the multiple listings under Literature), ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' exemplifies this with the Imperial Guard. While all armies do field their military leaders as "HQ" units, the Guard has several choices to make. Certain builds for the generals are explicitly this (leading from the front with heavy armor so that their lower-ranked riflemen can [[BeamSpam do what they do best]]), and are typically fluffed as the "first in, last out, make sure the men are safe and supplied" types.


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** Inverted by Commander Chenkov of the Imperial Guard, who instead uses AttackAttackAttack (he once cleared an enemy fortress by sending wave after wave after wave of men at it without artillery or tank support) and WeHaveReserves (on the tabletop, a fresh unit of Conscripts shows up every turn) to the fullest. However, he's ''also'' an example of FrontlineGeneral who ''leads'' these men to battle (it's said his pistol has shot more cowards than enemies). Sure the losses are horrendous, but the Imperial Guard is literally trillions strong, and his every battle was a success justifying them.


Medical attention for the wounded is a high priority -- especially if doctors are trying to treat the officer, and [[GreaterNeedThanMine his injuries are less serious]] -- as is NoOneGetsLeftBehind, but in less critical situations, he keeps on eye on such things as their shelter and food.

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Medical attention for the wounded is a high priority -- especially if doctors are trying to treat the officer, and [[GreaterNeedThanMine his injuries are less serious]] -- as is NoOneGetsLeftBehind, but in less critical situations, he keeps on an eye on such things as their shelter and food.


** However in "Orbit", Avon is faced with a ColdEquation and decides to sacrifice Villa to save himself. Crossing his own MoralEventHorizon is a sign of Avon's increasing SanitySlippage in the final season.

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** However in "Orbit", Avon is faced with a ColdEquation and seemingly decides to sacrifice Villa to save himself. (A better solution presents itself before it gets to the point where we find out if he would have actually gone through with it.) Crossing his own MoralEventHorizon is a sign of Avon's increasing SanitySlippage in the final season.


--> -- '''[[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Field Marshal Sir William Slim]]'''

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