It's no picnic, I'll tell you that much. My troops are out here every day dying for the NCR, but they've left us out to dry.

Major Joseph Polatli is the commanding officer of Camp Forlorn Hope in 2281.


As the commanding officer of Camp Forlorn Hope, Major Polatli has much to deal with on a daily basis; extensive casualties, a severe lack of supplies, and the dangerously low morale of his Troopers being just the usual issues, and Legion raiding parties from Nelson and issues with communication with the Rangers preventing him from acting to fix them.

In conversation it is clear that while he wishes to make the best of the situation and end the hell his men are enduring, he feels that his hands are tied, and that the risk of failing any operation is too great to try. If the Courier steps in on the side of the NCR, however, his tone changes as the issues around camp are solved. Soon, he becomes more confident and battle-ready, and tries to have his men prepared as well as they can be before they assault Nelson. After the battle, he is very grateful to the Courier for making victory possible, but retains his strong, military discipline afterwards.

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  • Restoring Hope: Polatli informs the player that Camp Forlorn Hope is in need of some external help to retake Nelson.
  • No, Not Much: The Courier must come to Camp Forlorn Hope and ask Polatli to send reinforcements to Bitter Springs. (If killed from the quest We Are Legion, this quest will have already been failed and not available.)


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
NCR trooper armor 9mm pistol Case, 9mm x9
Bottle cap x7
NCR dogtag


Major Joseph Polatli appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • xbox360Icon xbox360 He may be stuck on the dialogue that he says when the player meets him for the first time. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc On the Polish version of the game, No, Not Much cannot be completed because Major Polatli does not have a 4th dialogue option. [verified]