A regular step, as in marching. but the distance between the back of the first soldier and the front of the second soldier is reduced to about four inches, so that they must all march in step. It is a common method of controlling prisoners while moving them from place to place. It is an illegal step for anyone other than a prisoner.
Military term used to describe the action a paratrooper smacking into the ground after their parachute fails to open.
1. Naval slang for a Boatswain’s Mate. 2. Anyone in the Navy.
A red stripe displayed on the outer seam of dress blue uniform trousers. It is worn by noncommissioned officers, warrant officers and commissioned officers, traditionally to honor the high number of casualties among the ranks at the Battle of Chapultapec in the Mexican War.
1. Found on an ancient insignia used in the Marine Corps to designate a warrant officer with the MOS that entitles him or her to be called “gunner”. 2. Found on the enlisted grade insignia of master gunnery sergeant.
Nineteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps. A Tennessee native, he was born Aug 31, 1893 and died June 4, 1970. He served as Commandant from Jan 1, 1948 until Dec 31, 1951 in the rank of General.
Any piece of paper authorizing something (light duty chit, leave chit, etc.) within the Naval establishment.
The President of the United States (POTUS). Prior to 2002, it was also used to indicate the senior officer in a unified command. In June of 2002, the Secretary of Defense decreed that the only the POTUS can serve in this position.
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (used to register dependents for CHAMPUS/TRICARE and numerous other programs).
An open deck on board most ships at the bow, usually where the anchors were secured. Generally a place for off duty sailors to gather, tell sea stories and smoke. (pronunciation: fok’ sil.)
1. An order to clear space for an approaching senior officer. 2. Also a ladder or ramp used to board and debark a ship. (see Make A Hole)
(Okinawa or Japan) A female in a Turkey Bar who provides oral sex for a fee.
Artillery or other weaponry in which the barrel does not contain rifling (lands and grooves) used to spin a projectile for greater accuracy.
(Vietnam) Serving (or having served) in Vietnam. (Iraq) Serving (or having served) in Iraq. Often used to refer to any current combat zone.
Boots designed to meet the peculiar climate of Vietnam. Made from standard field boots the upper leather was replaced with a breathable canvas that would dry while being worn and the sole was reinforced with a steel shank in response to the Punji Sticks.
An authorized absence from duty. Marines earn 30 days of leave each year and are encouraged to take the time off.
A frame cap with a leather bill and a metal hoop frame for the cloth covering. It has a chin strap which is usually worn setting above the bill and is adorned with a large eagle, globe and anchor above the chin strap.
Eleventh Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Pennsylvania native was born on Dec. 17, 1853 and died on Feb. 25, 1923. He served as Acting Commandant in the rank of Colonel from Dec. 1, 1910 until Feb. 2, 1911, when he was appointed Major General Commandant and served until Feb. 12, 1914. During his command, the term of office was set, by law at 4 years.
A rank in the Royal Marines, equivalent to Brigadier General in the U. S. Marine Corps.
1. A phrase spoken by a junior when overcoming a senior prior to passing. 2. With your permission. 3. A request to be allowed to depart. Usually followed by “sir” or “ma’am”.
Twenty-fourth Commandant of the Marine Corps, serving from Jan. 1, 1968 until Dec. 31, 1971. He was born Nov. 3, 1913.
Directional anti-personnel mine with plastic explosive-propelling ball bearings. Often used in perimeter defense.
Leaving the normally assigned duty area, usually as a unit, to serve temporarily in another area, normally on board ship. (see Float.)
Term used for the field telephone used in World War II and Korea. (background) Actually the official term was Telephone, Field, EE-8. After telling a young Marine to go get a “Double Easy-8 a few times, it was inevitable that sooner or later he would be sent to find a “TR- Double-E”. After a time he would be laughed at for searching for a “tree.”
Honor bestowed on the U. S. Marine Corps by the Secretary of the Navy on Aug. 9, 1876. It means that Marines take the place of honor in any Naval formation.
To kill a superior, usually by throwing a fragmentation grenade into the room or area where he or she is located (such as a hootch or a head). 2. Bombard with excess for the purpose of causing a problem or creating a distraction. 3. A fragmentary order giving subordinate commanders the information they require to conduct their portion of an operation. (origin) Vietnam
Rank given to Winfield Scott after the Spanish-American War.
(Iraqi Freedom)An Iraqi citizen. A local (usually a good guy). (background) Also Haggie, from the Johnny Quest cartoon who has a sidekick named Haggie (supposedly meaning friend).
Living quarters, originally occupied by enlisted Marines, the word later become a general term for wherever a Marine was living. The civilian word crib is essentially the same. (origin) Vietnam
A statue of a World War I Marine at Quantico, VA with a copy on Parris Island, SC. (background) The original was made by the government of France to thank the Americans for their aid in World War I. When it was presented to General Pershing he noticed that the Doughboy holding aloft an M1911 A1 pistol had a Marine Corps emblem on his helmet. Pershing refused to accept the sculpture and it was given to the Marines.
The small town outside of Camp Hansen in the Northern part of Okinawa.
The fifth grade of commissioned officer, indicated by a silver oak leaf on the collar of the uniform. The pay grade is O-5 and is the same in the Army and the Air Force. In the Navy and the Coast Guard, the rank is commander and is additionally indicated with three broad gold bands topped by an insignia representing a branch (usually a gold star in the Navy and a gold shield in the Coast Guard) on shoulder boards or cuffs.
1. Automatic withdrawal from a military member”s monthly pay. 2. Authorized for payments to businesses, individuals or agencies.
An artillery unit equivalent to an infantry company. Usually six guns used in support of an infantry battalion.
Eagle, Globe and Anchor (usually used by short-timers).
In the Marine Corps it is official Recruit Training. It is conducted at Marine Corps Recruit Depots at Parris Island, SC and San Diego, CA. Parents, friends and other relatives of Marine Corps recruits can find help and understanding among the members of myMarine.
To leave quickly, usually as a unit, as in An individual would “bug out”.
To fire at something or someone. see Busting Caps. From the act of busting the primer cap on a round of ammunition. (origin) Vietnam
Stupid and petty stuff usually directed by someone of more rank or authority.
Navajo Marines who were recruited during World War II to serve as field radio operators. They would take the orders of the various commanders and translate them into Navajo and sending the information to another Code Talker who would translate it back into English. It is the only field code never broken by the Japanese.
A material used to make dress shoes and boots that has a high gloss finish. A registered product of the DuPont Company. (see Spit Shine.)
Date of Enlistment for officers. Seldom used as precedence among officers.
Historically, a sailor’s idea of heaven. Many petty officer clubs on Navy installations are given this name.
Fifteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Michigan native, born Feb. 27, 1870, graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and was appointed Major General Commandant on the death of Wendell Neville, July 9, 1930. He served until Feb. 28, 1934, and died June 8, 1937.
1. Government Issue. 2. A military member. 3. The stamp on buckets indicating galvanized iron.
An alcoholic beverage issued to sailors and Marines aboard ship until the Civil War. The recipe varied but was usually half rum and half water. (see Splice the Main Brace.)
1. The civilian community outside the main gate of MCAS Cherry Point, NC. 2. Also a cloth hanging from the back of a cap or hat to protect the neck (a la the French Foreign Legion). 3. Once part of the U. S. Navy uniform hat it now exists only on the female dress hat in a much smaller form.
The complete book of what to do (and when to do it) that guided the Marine Corps through most of the 20th Century. Now, obsolete copies are prized by professional Marines for the wealth of information and simple approach to leadership, morale, discipline, warfighting and professionalism.
The tank crewman on a gun tank responsible for operating the .30 caliber machine gun and loading the 90 mm cannon.
World War II era beer. (background) Made in San Jose, CA. Sent to the South Pacific specifically for Marine units. It came in both a green and a brown bottle but only the brown-bottled beer was fit to drink. The green bottles contained a liquid that smelled like a skunk.
An unofficial betting pool, the winner is whomever come closest to the time logged by the Officer of the Deck for dropping or weighing anchor.
Being transferred, shipped out or the process of moving to new quarters. From the act of dragging the sea bag from place to place.
A Naval term meaning to work off advance pay onboard ship–the period before you start earning money again. see Dead Horse.
(Vietnam) Unofficial field command to hit a target with an M79 grenade launcher.
A cargo trailer converted by adding bus doors to the right side, sealing the back doors and adding bench seating. It was pulled by a truck utilizing a fifth-wheel and it was employed at Parris Island and Quantico until the late 1960s to transport recruits and officer candidates.
Quickly or in a hurry. (origin) Derived from Chinese by the old China Marines.
A general officer in charge of a unit with authority to dispense justice appropriate to his or her rank.
Individual meals used in the field from World War II until Vietnam. (background) They came in a box containing cans of food and a foil accessory pack. They were replaced by the Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE).
A cut or low spot in the ground used for cover by tanks and personnel.
A term reserved for Navy enlisted medical corpsmen assigned to duty with Marine Corps combat units. These sailors are generally given the same respect that one Marine gives to another Marine. In fact, Navy corpsmen who earn service medals during duty with the Marine Corps are authorized to wear a miniature eagle, globe and anchor on their ribbon; this is something not even authorized for Marines.
Called a Fox Hole by the Army, it is an entrenched position for one or more Marines in a static warfare situation.
Reference to a unit of Marines who are under the control of someone and are standing, walking, marching, sitting or even lying in a prescribed manner. It is said that whenever two Marines are walking together, one is in command and the other is formed.
Slang term for M67A2 Flame Thrower Tank, since it was used mostly in Vietnam to burn garbage dumps.
Thirteenth Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps having served from June 30, 1995 until June 30, 1999. He was born Jan. 19, 1950 in North Carolina.
1. One of the five uniformed military branches. 2. Air Force, a unit consisting of multiple wings and given a numerical designation (e.g. 8th Air Force). Used from World War II until the 1970s.
Informal command to continue what you were doing or to indicate a correction to a previous order or comment.
1. A Marine who does nothing but stay in the barracks all day watching television and playing video games. 2. The Marine equivalent of a couch potato. 3. Also a woman who hangs around a barracks, BEQ or BOQ for the purpose of giving or selling sexual favors.
1. Any small vessel incapable of making regular independent voyages on the high seas. 2. Traditionally, a submarine.
First of the Flag Officer ranks, signified by a silver star on the collar of the uniform. (background) The pay grade is O-7 and is the same in the Army and the Air Force. In the Navy and Coast Guard, the rank is Rear Admiral (lower half) and at some times the rank of Commodore has been used. The rank is additionally indicated on the sleeves of various uniforms by a two-inch gold band topped by a one-inch gold band and an insignia indicating the branch of the service to which the officer is assigned (most often a gold star indicating a line officer). Shoulder boards are mostly gold with a silver-foiled anchor and one silver star.
A student at the U. S. Military Academy, U. S. Air Force Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps units as well as other officer procurement organizations. (see Aviation Cadet.)
Tenth Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps having served from June 28, 1983 until June 26, 1987. He was born in Tewksbury, MA on June 2, 1931.
A marching pace which is double “quick time”, in which the arms are bent at the elbow and the troops run in step.
No such thing. Once a Marine, always a Marine. (see Former Marine.)
The senior noncommissioned officer in a company or squadron indicated by three chevrons and rockers with a diamond (lozenge) between chevrons and rockers. The pay grade is E-8 and is the same in the Army. In the Navy and Coast Guard, the rank is senior chief petty officer with a star above the eagle. First sergeant in the Air Force is a billet and is indicated by a lozenge between chevrons and rockers on any insignia between master sergeant and chief master sergeant.
Most of the area along the DMZ that is a “no man’s land” where standing orders allow for anyone seen in that area to be fired upon. Toward the end of Vietnam it became necessary to radio in a sighting and request permission to fire (widely ignored by the troops on the line). (origin) Vietnam
A wartime rank. The rank insignia is five silver stars in a circle worn on collar points. Only “Hap” Arnold has held this rank. He was promoted to General of the Army in 1944, and in 1949 was made General of the Air Force.
Twenty-ninth Commandant of the Marine Corps, serving from July 1, 1987 until June 30, 1991. The New Jersey native was born June 22, 1928.
Term used in the U.S. military for person of Arab/Middle Eastern descent.
A thick wool blanket or the heavy wool overcoat once issued to all Marines and seldom worn.
The mythological God of the Sea. He always presides, with his court, at Line-Crossing Ceremonies.
The Navy and Coast Guard rank equivalent to a Marine major. (see Major.)
1. (Commtalk) the letter “A”. 2. Marine green uniform with blouse and ribbons. (synonym) Sometimes spelled ALFA.
A rectangular medical dressing carried into battle by each Marine.
A disrespectful reference to the modern emblem of the Marines, the eagle, globe and anchor.
A uniform combination consisting of the utility uniform (the uniform worn in the field) and boots. Most often prescribed for physical training events.
Wall, from the Naval term for the water-tight structure between compartments on a ship.
1. The third grade of commissioned officer and most senior of the company grade officers indicated by two silver bars on the collar of the uniform. The rank insignia for a Captain of Marines differs from every other service’s rank insignia (the tie-bars are at the ends of the rank bars rather than somewhat inboard like a railroad track–no one seems to know why and most reference sources use it incorrectly). 2. The pay grade is O-3.
The sixth grade of commissioned officer and senior field grade officer indicated by a silver eagle on the collar of the uniform. Air Force and Marine colonels wear two eagles, while Army colonels wear the eagle only on the left collar while the insignia of their branch of service is worn on the other. The pay grade is O-6. Navy and Coast Guard call the rank captain.
An abbreviation for the word corporation which is frequently incorrectly used in place of the word Corps.
For enlisted personnel, this is the third level used to determine precedence among individuals of the same rank. The first level is earliest date of rank (DOR) and the second level is earliest date of enlistment (DOE).
To move in such a manner as to be extremely cool. Diddy; to move on, usually quickly.
The musician in charge of a band or musical unit. Usually elaborately dressed and carrying a baton, used to signal changes in march and to provide tempo. Usually a staff noncommissioned officer.
The place where airplanes are parked on the airfield. Newbies are sent to find this intangible line.
Financial assistance provided to people who have or are serving in the military for educational and home purchasing purposes. Administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Originally GI Bill of Rights.
A person who walks in front of a tank in congested areas like tank parksm to guide the tank by the use of recognized and standardized hand signals.
An early Marine helicopter designation often used to request a helicopter they would say “get me a huss.” Later it came regularly to mean do me a favor or help me out as in “Cut me a huss.” (origin) Vietnam
Traditionally, the civilian who moves in on your girl while you are serving in the Marine Corps.
Light Antitank Weapon. It was contained in a collapsible, disposable fiberglass tube.
The firing line command to put the weapon’s safety to the “on” position, load the weapon with ammunition and await further orders from the range officer. In combat, an informal command to prepare to fight.
(Commtalk) Radio call sign to speak with the commander of a unit. (example) If the unit call sign is “Brownbag”, the unit commander will be “Brownbag Actual”.
Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. (background) Composed of 4-man “fire control teams”. A fire control officer (FICTO – usually a Lt, but due to their limited number in the reserves, may be led by a Captain in the Reserves). Like a true team, the officer shares the load of radios (UHF, VHF and HF), batteries and rifles – just like the Lance Corporal. ANGLICO members are usually parachute and SCUBA qualified. ANGLICO rarely works with Marine Corps units. You will find ANGLICO teams attached to and supporting U.S. Army (often to 82nd & 101st Airborne) and Foreign Forces, giving these forces the capability to use U.S. Naval Gunfire and close air support from Navy and Marine Aircraft. Used in the Vietnam era, and reduced from four to two companies in 1997 (both surviving companies were reserve units), and brought back for the Afghanistan operations.
An unappetizing meal delivered in a paper bag, mostly during Marksmanship Training at boot camp but also at other times in the fleet.
M79 grenade launcher. At least one is assigned to each squad of infantry Marines.
A person in charge of a unit with authority to dispense justice appropriate to his or her rank.
Ninth Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps having served from Aug. 16, 1979 until June 27, 1983. He was born in Sharon, WV on Feb. 16, 1930.
A recruiting procedure which allows a person to enlist in the inactive reserve prior to being ordered to active duty. It legally binds the person to enlistment and gives them seniority when ordered to active duty. (see Poolee.)
A commissioned officer in the Navy with a degree in medicine, dentistry, psychology or other allied profession, usually referred to by their military rank.
The hotel in the Dominican Republic that was headquarters for the 6th Regimental Landing Team (including BLT 3/6) in 1965.
Fuck It, I Got My Orders. Often written FIGMO. Someone who has received permanent change of station orders or is ending their term of service. Either way they are Short Timers and don’t much care about anything but leaving.
An acceptable term for a Marine who is not currently serving, but make no mistake, that person is a Marine and always will be a Marine.
Any place where civilized comforts, such as showers and cots, can be found. Not in the boonies.
An individual award given to an enlisted Marine for three consecutive years of undetected crime while on active duty.
Head Mother Fucker In Charge. An Ebonic version is MFWIC for Mother Fucker What’s In Charge.
An artillery shell that burns upon impact, usually stuffed with white phosphorous.
(First World War – Korea) Canvas. leather or cloth bindings, strapped, buckled, tied or wrapped to the ankles for support and to keep out mud, snow and water. (background) By the Korean War, the Army had abandoned the use of them but the Marine Corps retained them for their distinctive look. When a dispatch from a Chinese Communist general was found, in which he ordered his troops not to engage the “yellow legs” and to seek out the less fierce Army units, the U. N. command ordered the Marines to stop wearing the leggings.
Twenty seventh Commandant of the Marine Corps serving from July 1, 1979 until June 30, 1983. Born Feb 5, 192 2.
A personal decoration originally intended for valorous service. (background) By the end of the 20th Century it was being given out for many non-combat acts, it even became known as the “officer”s good conduct medal”. The value of the award was deflated so much that a metal “V” device to be worn on the medal’s suspension ribbon was issued to indicate valor.
Marine Corps issued boots. The predominant form of transportation for recruits and infantry Marines.
A Viet Communist soldier, abbreviated VC or Victor Charlie, thus Charlie. (origin) Vietnam
An inexact distance derived from artillery sightings in which each click of site elevation would move the impact point depending on a number of diverse options. Roughly either a mile or a kilometer. Used mostly since Vietnam. (background) Legend has it that when the GP (jeep) vehicle was first introduced the odometer would click every one fifth of a mile and that soldiers soon learned to judge distance by the click so that they could pay attention to road hazards and enemy positions.
Many of the officers of the CSM were formerly officers or noncommissioned officers in the U. S. Marine Corps who resigned to “go south”. Their headquarters were at the fort at Drewry’s Bluff on the James River, keeping the U. S. Navy from firing on Richmond, the Confederate capital.
Combined Unit Pacification Program. Units consisting of Marines and South Vietnamese soldiers. (origin) Vietnam
The government of France honored the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments and the 6th Machinegun Battalion with the Fourragere for their fighting skills during World War I. Those units still wear the award today.
A rank given to General John Pershing in 1919 to place him above all other general officers. Unlike Generals of the Army, Pershing did retire. He turned down the offer to wear five stars. ( see Iron Mike.)
A person apparently intending to serve on active duty until retirement. One with extensive experience. (see Refil)
1. “Adios, Mother Fucker” or “Adios, My Friend”. 2. Goodbye.
500 cubic feet field space cooler/air conditioner. Requires a dedicated generator.
A service green uniform jacket with a faux belt and no skirt. (background) Used from World War II until the mid-1960s. (see Ike Jacket)
The center or highest scoring part of a target often called a Bulls-Eye.
1. The sixth commissioned officer grade. The rank is lieutenant and is additionally indicated on the shoulder boards and sleeves of various uniforms by two broad gold bands topped by the insignia indicating the branch of the service to which the officer is assigned (most often a gold star indicating a line officer) or, in the Coast Guard, a gold shield. 2. The pay grade is O-6.
Abbreviated CNO, this is the highest ranking Naval Officer, reporting to the Secretary of the Navy. He sits as a regular member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and is eligible to serve as Chairman. He holds the rank of admiral. The Commandant of the Marine Corps does not report to the CNO.
By regulation, the most senior sergeant (E-5) in the Marine Corps. He or she is assigned to 8th and Eye and has charge of the official colors of the Marine Corps.
The first of the noncommissioned officer ranks. Indicated by two chevrons and crossed rifles below them worn on both sleeves. The pay grade is E-4 and is equivalent to: corporal in the Army, senior airman in the Air Force and petty officer third class in the Navy and Coast Guard.
Simulated rifle fire used to teach correct positions for firing on the rifle range. A shooter would be in position and a buddy would slam the bolt to the rear when he or she heard the pin forced front.
The art of getting the job done despite the limitations. (see Tootsie Roll)
A physician and Navy Medical Officer who specializes in aviation medicine for the Navy and the Marine Corps.
Latrine or toilet, from the Naval term. (background) In the sailing navy the forecastle (pronounced folk-sill) was the most forward deck open to the weather and was the place sailors were allowed to gather to relax and entertain each other. One corner of the forecastle, with a wide scupper, was where sailors went to the bathroom. As the forecastle was in the front or “head” of the ship, a sailor on the way to relieve himself would declare that he was on the way to the head.
Inspector and Instructor. The active duty cadre assigned to a Marine Corps reserve unit.
Coffee. (background) Josephus Daniels (18 May 1862-15 January 1948) was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Among his reforms of the Navy were inaugurating the practice of making 100 Sailors from the Fleet eligible for entrance Naval Academy, the introduction of women into the service, and the abolishment of the officers’ wine mess. From that time on, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships could only be coffee and over the years, a cup of coffee became known as “a cup of Joe”. into the
Load Bearing Equipment. Often “web gear” worn by infantry personnel to hold packs and tools and weapons and first aid kits and whatever is worn by the person in the field
(Vietnam) Listening Post usually set up at night to provide warning of an enemy attack.
Incendiary (Thermite) Hand Grenade. (specs) Weighs 32 oz, contains 26.5 oz of TH3 thermite mixture. It is designed to start fires with its 40 seconds of 4,300oF.
A pejorative term for a Woman Marine (background) broad-assed Marine. Never used much in the presence of female Marines. Women Marine recruits in the 1960s, when it was most used, were taught that the letters meant “Beautiful American Marine”. Known to have been used as early as World War II. It fell out of use in the late 20th Century.
1. Stop. 2. Make fast, from the Naval practice of tying off a line with a belaying pin. 3. Disregard, as in “Belay my last”.
1. The service or dress coat worn by Marines. 2. Act of tucking pant legs into boots so that the fabric slightly overhangs the boots (worn mostly by Army personnel and in utility uniforms). 3. Act of tucking in a shirt with military creases so that it appeared tight over the entire belt line and caused a slight overhang between the two outside creases in the back.
The fiercest and most costly battle in the Korean War. A retreat under fire in 30 below temperatures against a well-trained, much larger force. “Chesty” Puller and all of the Marines were professional in all aspects of the operation. They won the respect of everyone from General MacArthur to the newest Army private who fought with them. (see Puller, Lewis B.)
Any weapon which requires more than one Marine to fire. Most artillery pieces, tanks and large machine guns fit in this category.
An aide to a general officer whose duties are so varied, they defy explanation.
Dominican Republic beer in 1965, when the Marines landed there. (origin) Dominican Republic
A physical fitness test given near the end of recruit training to determine if a recruit has improved sufficiently, based upon the results of the Initial Strength Test.
The original motto of the Marine Corps, Latin for fortitude. It has been replaced by Semper Fidelis.
A uniform cover invented in the 20th Century. Consists of a cap running fore and aft on the head displaying the eagle globe and anchor on the front left, and the rank insignia of commissioned and warrant officers on the front right. No rank is worn on the cap by enlisted personnel. (synonyms) Pisscutter, Cunt Cap.
Gung Ho, but usually to express “in an inexperienced, just-out-of-recruit-training” way.
Seventeenth Commandant of the Marine Corps. Born in Delaware Aug. 5, 1879 he was named Major General Commandant on Dec. 1, 1936. On Jan. 20, 1942 a new law provided for the Commandant to be a Lieutenant General and provided that the title be “Commandant of the Marine Corps”, dropping the reference to rank. He retired from the Marine Corps on Dec. 31, 1943 and the next day was promoted to General on the retired list the first Marine to hold that rank. He died May 24, 1965. Following his retirement he served as Ambassador to South Africa. (see Tombstone Brigadier General),
Physical exercise used as a punishment to instill motivation, particularly in a Marine recruit during boot camp. (synonyms) Quarterdecking or being pitted (as outside it is usually conducted in a special sand pit designed for the purpose)
An inspection of a Marine”s uniforms and equipment in which everything is laid out in a specified order on the bunk bed. Also called “things on the springs” or “sea bag inspection”.
Thirteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps. Legendary World War I commander he was the first Marine to command Army troops. Born in Louisiana on Jan 10, 1867 he died on Nov. 20, 194 2. He was first appointed Major General Commandant on July 1, 1920 and was the first Commandant to be reappointed, serving until March 4, 1929. He was also a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy.
Basic Allowance for Subsistence. Food allowance paid to individuals not living in barracks. Barracks residents use the military dining facilities. (synonym) Also Battalion Aid Station.
An unidentified object, usually an aircraft, ship or other mobile weapons system.
An old salt. (background) Until Secretary of Defense MacNamara, under President Kennedy, forced all of the services to use the same shoes, Marines were issued brown shoes. In the early 1960s the shoe color changed to black but the old salts continued to wear their brown shoes as long as they could get away with it. In the Navy, any member of the aviation community is called Brown Shoe in reference to the aviator’s brown flying boots.
A numerical code devised by aviators during the Vietnam War after they were admonished for their frequent use of profanity and unkind references to staff and command personnel. (background) The code was a three-digit number with each number having a specific meaning. It was used in the form “Charlie Echo 103″.
A concept developed by Marines during the Bananna Wars of the 1930s, copied by the Germans in World War II and perfected by the Marines. Aircraft strafe enemy positions or formations only yards from the Marine front line. Marine aviators are most proficient at it but flying sailors also do an acceptable job. The Navy calls it, “Moving mud to help out the grunts.”
A series of large scale obstacles that a Marine must overcome, particularly in boot camp. It is generally not a timed event and is most often an individual effort to overcome fears of height and to develop confidence in recruits. (synonym) Obstacle Course.
Combined Unit Pacification Program. Units consisting of Marines and South Vietnamese soldiers. (origin) Vietnam
A two and a half ton truck. (synonym) Six-By (it had six wheels on each side and each was a drive wheel). (see Multi-fueler)
The famous blue uniform of the Marines with a standing collar. The uniform is similar to the one worn by Marines in the Civil War. The “sky blue” infantry trousers are adorned by a red “blood stripe” down the outside seams on commissioned and non-commissioned officers. This uniform is worn with medals (without medals it was at one time called Undress Blues). Current usage refers to: Blue Dress A (with medals), Blue Dress B (with ribbons), Blue Dress C (sky blue trousers with khaki shirt, field scarf and ribbons) and Blue Dress D (short sleeved khaki shirt and ribbons).
Marines have been in the forefront of every American war since the founding of the Corps. They entered the Revolution in 1775, even before the Declaration of Independence was signed! Marines have carried out more than 300 landings on foreign shores. They have served everywhere, from the Arctic to tropics; their record for readiness reflects pride, responsibility, and challenge.
1. Nickname for the CH-46 helicopter, which sits with the rear portion of the craft lower than the front, squatting like a frog (some people spell it Phrog). 2. the green scarf worn wrapped around a Marine’s neck in winter 3. device attached to the duty belt upon which a sword is attached.
George Washington. A rank created on March 15, 1978 by Congress for General Washington to make it clear that he was the senior officer of the military services. Prior to that day he was in the grade of Lieutenant General.
Starlight Scope. The first generation of night vision equipment. First used in Vietnam, it was very large and very heavy.