U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

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A J Squared Away

1. Slang for the perfect Marine. 2. The opposite of Joe Shit the Rag Man.

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Aft

Behind (origin) Naval term for the after section of the ship.

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Alpha Whiskey

nickname for toilet paper (Ass Wipe).

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A/O

Area of Operations.

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AFU

All Fucked Up.

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AMF

(see Alpha Mike Foxtrot).

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ARVN

Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

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A-1 Sky Raider

Single engine propeller driven aircraft also called Sandy or Spad (origin) Vietnam Era

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Air Force

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.

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As You Were

Informal command to continue what you were doing or to indicate a correction to a previous order or comment.

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A-4 Sky Hawk

Medium-sized, subsonic, single-engine attack jet. (origin) Vietnam Era

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Ammunition Supply Point

The location, usually just behind the Forward Edge of Battle Area where line units receive their ammunition supply/replenishment. In the movies, an ASP is usually called an “ammo dump.”

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ASAP

As Soon As Possible.

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Abaft

Directional term meaning behind (aft) any given point on a ship.

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Air Strike

(see Close Air Support)

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Amtrac

Slang for Amphibious Armored, Tracked, Personnel Carrier. (LVT/AAV).

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ASP

Ammunition Supply Point.

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ACE

Air Combat Element.

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Air Wing

An aviation unit equivalent to an infantry division.

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Amtracker

An Assault Amphibious Vehicle crewman.

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Ass Hanging Out

An individual who is not squared away or whose ignorance is showing.

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ACE Medical

Battalion Aid Station for USMC Aviation units in the field.

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Airdale

Anyone serving in aviation.

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Anchor Clanker

1. Naval slang for a Boatswain’s Mate. 2. Anyone in the Navy.

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Ass Pack

The little first aid kit worn on web gear, and located in the middle of the lower back. Usually contained two field pressure dressings, a tourniquet, and some iodine. Sometimes, there was even geedunk in there.

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Acme Beer

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.

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Airman

1. A Navy or Air Force enlisted rank. 2. Generic term for anyone in the Air Force. (see Seaman and Airman First Class).

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Anchor Pool

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.

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Assault Line

Marine attack formation with troops advancing abreast.

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Actual

(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”.

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AK-47

1. Soviet-manufactured Kalashnikov semi-automatic/fully automatic combat assault rifle, 7.62-mm 2. Basic weapon of the Communist forces.

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ANGLICO

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.

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Assholes to Elbows

Troops or people standing close together. (synonym) Asshole to Bellybutton, meaning close together.

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AD

Active Duty.

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ALCON

Used in radio traffic to denote all concerned.

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AN-M14

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.

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ASVAB

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (skills test). Individuals must pass this test in order to join the Armed Forces.

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Administrative Discharge

1. A non-punitive discharge prior to completion of an enlistment. 2. Type of discharge that will not affect post-service benefits.

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Ali Baba

1. An enemy combatant. 2. Looter or bad guy. (background) “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.”. (origin) Operation Iraqi Freedom

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AN-M8

HC Smoke Hand Grenade. (specs) Weighs 25.5 oz, contains 19 oz of HC, which emits a dense smoke for up to 2.5 minutes, with a 2-second delay.

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Aviation Cadet

A student in military flight training. In some instances they have come from other officer procurement programs, while at other times they were stand-alone commissioning and flight training programs. (see Cadet.)

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Admiral

The highest Naval rank in peacetime. (see Fleet Admiral) (background) The Admiral insignia has four silver stars in a row. Prior to the Civil War, Captain was the highest Naval rank When placed in command of larger units, Admirals were sometimes designated a Flag Officer, but that was a billet, not a rank. The current admiral ranks (from junior to most senior) are: Rear Admiral (lower half), one star; Rear Admiral (upper half), two stars; Vice Admiral, three stars; Admiral, four stars and Fleet Admiral, five stars.

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Ant Hill

An outpost with major communications assets apparent from the large number of antennae in the vicinity.

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Aye

Yes. A Naval expression.

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Admiral of the Navy

A rank awarded to Admiral Dewey by an act of Congress in March 1899 to place him above all other admirals. (see Fleet Admiral).

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Allotment

1. Automatic withdrawal from a military member”s monthly pay. 2. Authorized for payments to businesses, individuals or agencies.

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ARA

Aerial Rocket Artillery. A Cobra AH-1G helicopter with four XM159C 19-rocket ( 2.75 inch) pods.

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Aye Aye

I understand your order and will comply. A Naval expression.

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Adrift

1. Floating aimlessly, usually without a rudder or compass. 2. Missing in action. 3. An individual who sets himself apart.

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Alpha

1. (Commtalk) the letter “A”. 2. Marine green uniform with blouse and ribbons. (synonym) Sometimes spelled ALFA.

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Arc Light

B-52 bombers dropping their entire load of 2,000 lb bombs on suspected concentrations of enemy troops. (origin) Vietnam

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Azimuth

Compass heading toward an objective or target.

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AFRTS

1. American Forces Radio and Television Service or Armed Forces Radio and Television System 2. Provider of commercial-type radio and television programming to ships and overseas stations. (pronounced “A-farts.”)

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Alpha Mike Foxtrot

1. “Adios, Mother Fucker” or “Adios, My Friend”. 2. Goodbye.

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Arlington Ridge

Site of the Marine Corps Memorial, a sculpture of Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima in World War II. (background) Location in Arlington, VA, north of the National Cemetery, overlooking the Potomoc River and Washington DC.

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AFSC

Air Force Specialty Code. The Air Force equivalent of an MOS.

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Alpha Unit

Nickname for a Marine’s spouse. (see Dependent Wife)

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Armed Services

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. (see Uniformed Services).

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