Fourth Commandant of the Marine Corps. Born in Ireland on Sept 17, 1782, as a young Marine officer serving in the Ganges he had been struck by a Navy junior officer whom he “called out” and shot. The action was deemed honorable by Commandant William Burrows. Following the death of Commandant Wharton in 1818, the position was filled in an acting capacity by Adjutant and Inspector, Brevet Major Samuel Miller, and later by Brevet Major Archibald Henderson. Gale’s short tenure as Lieutenant Colonel Commandant was punctuated with the dislike of the Secretary of the Navy who charged him in a court martial. The specifications included, “being intoxicated in common dram shops and other places of low repute.” He pleaded not guilty by reason of temporary insanity, but was found guilty and sentenced to dismissal from the service. He died circa 1843 and his burial location is unknown. He also remains the only Commandant for whom no likeness exists.
Navy Chief Petty Officer’s quarters. From the Naval tradition that goats brought on board for milk were under the charge of the chiefs. Probably the origin of the phrase Old Goat. (see Menopause Manor.)
The person responsible for the unit guidon. First unit member in front of the formation. Sets the marching pace.
Highest rank in the Marine Corps. The Commandant of the Marine Corps is a general. The pay grade is O-10 and is designated by four silver stars worn on collar points. The rank is the same in the Army and Air Force. In the Navy, the rank is admiral and is additionally designated by a two-inch gold band and four one-inch gold bands topped by a star on the jacket sleeves. The shoulder boards are mostly gold with a silver foiled anchor and four silver stars.
The relative position of a person to other persons of similar rank. (see pay grade.)
A standard grid square on a military map is 1000 meters by 1000 meters. (synonym) A click.
Similar to a Cluster Fuck, except that this activity comes from the Head Shed.
The official pennant of a platoon or company. At battalion or squadron level or above, the unit has official colors and they parade relative to the national flag.
Blanket lint, much like drier lint, that accumulates on the deck as if by magic.
A large field, usually paved, upon which formations and parades are held. (see Parade Deck.)
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.
Rank given to Winfield Scott after the Spanish-American War.
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.)
Slang term for M67A2 Flame Thrower Tank, since it was used mostly in Vietnam to burn garbage dumps.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Division or Wing Intelligence. Also a common reference to a person’s intelligence.
Given to someone who usually is in need of a shower but who refuses. The offender is forced into the shower (sometimes blindfolded) where others scrub him or her with scrub brushes or steel wool. The intent is to encourage him or her to maintain minimal standards of cleanliness and the outcome is often painful and even bloody. It is an illegal assault and can be punished under the UCMJ. It happens rarely.
A sub-division of an Air Wing. Equivalent to a regiment in infantry terms.
A building used to train recruits and Marines on how to respond during a nuclear, biological or chemical attack. Various gasses are used in training; all of them are noxious, but none are fatal.
An evil mythical creature that whispers advice and ideas into the ears of military leadership, causing hundreds unnecessary changes and countless wasted man-hours every year. The Good Idea Fairy should be shot on sight if seen in your area.
A Marine warrant officer in the MOS 0306 Infantry Weapons Officer. The name is often erroneously given to all warrant officers. A person of this rank will replace the insignia of rank on his right collar with a bursting bomb insignia. The name was also often given to an enlisted machine gunner (MOS 0331). (see Lipstick Lieutenant)
A wartime rank. The rank insignia is five silver stars in a circle worn on collar points. (background) Generals of the Army do not retire. This rank has been held by George Marshall, Douglas McArthur, Dwight Eisenhower and “Hap” Arnold, all with dates of rank of Dec. 1944. Omar Bradley was promoted to this rank in Sept. 1950.
A derogatory term used by Marines to mean the Marine Corps. Also used regularly by the Army to proudly describe the Army.
brAnother nonexistent search & fetch item for rookies, i.e., bucket of steam 2. A placebo drop of solvent or oil placed on the sights of the weapon of an unsuspecting marksmanship trainee, placed there by a range instructor as a last resort to instill confidence and get the idiot qualified, 3. Adult beverages employed by competition marksmen to either relax after a day of dealing with recruits or to combat match butterflies prior to competing. (see Recruit Punishment.)
Things. Personal things such as clothing and equipment or unit things such as 782 gear. Essentially all things.
A phrase delivered with the usual Marine exuberance, meaning I am ready or the piece of equipment is ready or that despite what may appear to be obstacles, the mission will be completed.
1. A noncommissioned officer in pay grade E-7 who wears three chevrons and two rockers with crossed rifles between them on both sleeves or collar points as appropriate. 2. In the Army that pay grade is a sergeant first class (essentially the same insignia in different colors without the crossed rifles). 3. In the Air Force it is master sergeant (the insignia of a technical sergeant with one chevron above the five rockers. In the Navy and Coast Guard it is chief petty officer (three inverted chevrons with an inverted rocker above, upon which is perched an American eagle).
Commissioned Officers in the ranks of: Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General and General. Also called Flag Officers because federal law authorizes a flag to be flown whenever a general officer is present or on board.
The steel pot helmets before Kevlar”. They came with a cover that had green camouflage on one side and brown on the other. The decision of which color was to be worn to a formation was often left to a second lieutenant who couldn’t make up his or her mind resulting in frequent changes and confusion. The term came to mean the leadership was confused as usual.
Division or Wing Logistics (which includes supply, operations, facilities and food service).
Originally a pejorative term for Infantry Marines but now a source of pride.
(Not PC) A pejorative term for anyone of oriental extraction–particularly an enemy. (North Korean, North Vietnamese).
A term of respect for a gunnery sergeant but not generally used by junior Marines. see Company Gunny.
There are eleven general orders and every Marine must memorize them.
Sometimes the Big Green Weenie. It’s what the Marine Corps uses to screw you.
The building containing the majority of the division staff organizations (designated G-1, G-2, G-3 etc.) at Camp Pendleton, CA.
1. A snack bar on ship. Any place that candy and pogey bait are sold. 2. Candy or snacks.
A take-off on “scoop”, it suggests that information is from a reliable source.
The highest condition of alert on board ship, it pulls the crew from their normal work assignments to a warfighting stance. (background) In wooden ships with rigging, a portion of the Marine Detachment would report to the rigging as sharpshooters while others would report to a gun crew. In the modern Navy, the Marines usually manner one or more guns (which were usually painted with an eagle globe and anchor and generally were know to have the highest accuracy of all gun crews). Since 1998, there have been no Marines assigned as part of the ship”s crew of any U. S. Navy ship.
Twenty-third Commandant of the Marine Corps serving from Jan. 1, 1964 until Dec. 31, 1967. The Naval Academy graduate was born Dec. 27, 1907 and died March 8, 2003. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Thorns indigenous to California. On field exercises, they stick to everything and are a major nuisance.