U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

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Meat Tag

Meat Tags or Dog tag tattoos are tattoos that are usually featured on the torso of a soldier, and can be used for identification in case the deceased is otherwise unidentifiable. Other places becoming common for meat tags include the extremities such as arms and the neck.

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Moto Run

Moto Run or Motivational Run

Moto Run or officially known as the Motivational Run that takes place during Basic Training during Family Day (the last full day before graduation). The run is performed by Recruits on Family Day (by company, then by platoon) yelling Marine Corps Cadences, past their families; circling the base and ending at the parade deck.

Marine Recruits preparing for the Moto Run

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Moto

The term ‘moto’ commonly used within the Marine Corps came from the word Motivation. The Marine Corps has a way of developing it’s own terms. Moto is just the USMC’s term for Motivation. Example:

“That explosion was moto (motivating)!”

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Recruit Rights

Recruits Rights. The following rights are fundamental to the welfare of all recruits and will not be denied:
1 Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, except under certain conditions
2 One hour of free time daily, except during processing, forming, and weapons and
field/combat training, and the Crucible Event.
3 20 minutes to consume each meal.
4 Attend sick call.
5 Attend scheduled religious services.
6 Request mast via the chain-of-command.
7 Make and receive emergency phone calls.
8 Receive mail on the day it is received by the parent company
except for Sundays, holidays, and during the Crucible Event.
9 Send mail.
10 Make head calls.
11 Use medication prescribed by a certified military medical
12 Receive visitors in accordance with Depot Standard Operating
Procedures (SOPs). The Depot CGs will establish when, where, and under what
circumstances recruits may receive visitors. The SOP will give special
consideration for recruits in Medical Rehabilitation Platoon who have
demonstrated the appropriate level of maturity to have visitors on Sunday. The
right to receive visitors as specified in the Depot SOPs will not be subject to
additional limitations by the DIs.
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Recruit Punishment

Unofficial punishments given to recruits by drill instructors for minor infractions of the rules. While at the time some of them may sound cruel they are, in fact, essentially harmless and are good tools for teaching a lesson.

Some of them are:

  • Duck Walk
    Walking with the knees bent 180 degrees
  • Extended Port
    The recruit is ordered to port arms and then directed to extend the arms until the elbows are not bent. In this position the weapon becomes heavy and the arms ache. (Ca. 1962)
  • Funeral Services
    A recruit at attention does not move for anything unless an order is given. Some times a bug or, at Parris Island, a sand flea may cause a recruit to flinch or smack at the pest. On seeing this a drill instructor would order that the pest be given an honorable funeral. Sometimes they were then later ordered to dig it up and reenter it somewhere else. (Ca. 1955, from the movie “The DI” starring Jack Webb)
  • Group Tighteners
    The entire purpose of the first portion of weapons training is to fire and make tight groups on the target. From there it is simple to adjust the sights and account for wind to bring the group onto the bull’s eye. After the first day of live firing a drill instructor might ask if anyone would like to be issued “group tighteners”. On lining up the hapless recruits received some form of painful reminder to tighten their groups. (Ca. 1962);
  • Watching TV
    A series of uncomfortable positions that the recruit is put into. (Ca. 1962)
  • Channel 1
    The recruit lies on the tile or wood deck on his or her stomach and elevates on the toes and the elbows.
  • Channel 4.
    The recruit backs to the edge of his or her rack, grabbing the outside bars with both hands while moving the feet far enough forward to keep the rear end off the bed and suspended in air.
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M & M

Abbreviation for marine mattress. Slang term for a woman or guy that only gives up the booty to marines.

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M224

60 mm Mortar consisting of the M225 cannon, the M170 bipod and the M64 sight as well as two types of base plates, the circular M7 and the rectangular M8.

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M79

Shoulder-held, 40 mm, single shot grenade launcher with a range of 400 meters. Called a “blooper” from the sound it made when fired.

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Mameluke Sword

The sword worn on parade and formal occasions by Marine commissioned and warrant officers. The first Mameluke sword was presented to Marine Lieutenant Presley N. O”Bannon, by Prince Hamet Bey the Pasha of Tripoli in 1805 during which the United States flag was flown for the first time in the Old World.

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Marine Regs

A term used in the Navy to refer to Navy medical or dental personnel who opt to wear Marine Corps uniforms while serving with Marine Corps units. They agree to meet Marine Corps uniform regulations including grooming and physical standards.

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Maxwell, Smith

The most senior enlisted Marine on the battlefield at Bull Run during the Civil War. He had been busted from sergeant to private the previous December for drinking on duty. He was made Quartermaster Sergeant for the battle, then was rated Sergeant until December when he was again “reduced to the ranks” and a few days later discharged for completion of his 4 years of service.

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MedalofHonor

The nation”s highest award for bravery. It is not the Congressional Medal of Honor. More correctly it is the Army, Navy or Air Force Medal of Honor. (Navy version shown).

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MightyMite

M422-A-1. A small, Jeep-like vehicle made specifically for the Marine Corps by American Motors Corporation during the Vietnam War.

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Montezuma Red

1. The crimson color of the Blood Stripe on the dress uniform of Marine commissioned and noncommissioned officers. 2. The color of the lipstick worn by early Women Marines.

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Multi-fueler

A vehicle designed to use multiple types of fuel including gasoline, diesel or jet fuel. (see Deuce-and-a-Half.)

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NCOIC

Noncommissioned officer in charge. The senior enlisted Marine in detachments and guard units, particularly when there is no commissioned officer assigned. (see HMFIC)

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Number Ten

The worst. (origin) Vietnam.

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OIF

Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sometimes called the Second Gulf War.

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OSO

Officer Selection Officer.

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Pay Grade

A relational term consisting of the letter E, O or W, and the level of pay assigned to that grade. Below is a chart comparing Pay Grade to Rank in the Marine Corps. E-1 Private W-1 Warrant Officer O-1 Second Lieutenant E-2 Private First Class W-2 Chief Warrant Officer O-2 First Lieutenant E-3 Lance Corporal W-3 Chief Warrant Officer O-3 Captain E-4 Corporal W-4 Chief Warrant Officer O-4 Major E-5 Sergeant W-5 Chief Warrant Officer O-5 Lieutenant Colonel E-6 Staff Sergeant O-6 Colonel E-7 Gunnery Sergeant O-7 Brigadier General E-8 Master Sergeant or First Sergeant O-8 Major General E-9 Master Gunnery Sergeant or Sergeant Major O-9 Lieutenant General O-10 General

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Pinning On

A tradition among enlisted Marines in which anyone senior in rank to a newly promoted Marine is allowed to punch the new rank insignia, thereby pinning them on. In the mid-to-late 20th Century, it became a custom for Recon Marines to have their jump wings literally pinned on their naked chests in violent and bloody rite of passage. The barbaric hazing was soon rooted out as a cultural anomaly and is hopefully a historic footnote. (synonym) Tacking On.

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PoliceFlag

The national flag flown upside down. It was only used when an extreme situation confronts the captain on board ship. It is never used ashore. (synonym) Distress Flag.

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Powder Monkey

A Civil War era sailor in the rank of Boy whose job it was to keep gun crews supplied with gunpowder and shot during battle. At other times, they served in other menial ways earning little more than a cot and food.

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Punji Sticks

Bamboo sticks sharpened and often laced with poison. They were placed in holes and covered so a Marine would step in the hole and impale his foot or leg. (origin) Vietnam

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Rack

Bed, usually bunk beds.

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Regiment

A unit consisting of 4 to 6 battalions. It is generally commanded by a colonel. A number of regiments will make up a division.

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RM

Royal Marines.

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RTR

Recruit Training Regiment. The headquarters unit of the Recruit Training Battalions. (background) The RTR at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC currently (2005) has four battalions (including the 4th RTBn which is the only boot camp unit for female Marines) while the RTR at MCRD San Diego CA has three battalions.

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Sandy

A-1 aircraft.

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Secretary of the Navy

The civilian appointee of the President responsible for the efficient management of the Navy and Marine Corps. Abbreviated SecNav.

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Ship

A large vessel equipped for deep-water operation. A sailing vessel furnished with a bowsprit and three masts (a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast), each of which is composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast, and square-rigged on all masts.

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Sick Bay Commando

Someone who is frequently at sick call. A malingerer.

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SKS

Simonov Soviet or Chinese made semiautomatic 7.62 x 39 mm rifle. Standard Viet Com infantry rifle with a distinctive sound and high accuracy.

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Snoopin’ and Poopin’

Patrolling or walking in the bush. (origin) Vietnam

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Spit Shine

An unauthorized reference to “high gloss footwear”. It came by its name honestly as it had been customary to use saliva when shining leather shoes and boots before Corfam” became the norm.

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StackingSwivel

1. A clip near the muzzle of most military rifles allowing for the stacking of weapons when in a garrison setting. 2. Often a euphemism for the neck. A drill instructor might, for instance, threaten to grab a recruit by the stacking swivel if he or she were particularly upset with the recruit.

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Stroke Book

Pornographic magazine or pulp-paper book.

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TAD

1. Temporary Additional Duty. An assignment in addition to the normal billet, usually “at no additional cost to the government”. 2. Traveling Around Drunk

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TLA

Temporary Living Allowance.

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Tun Tavern

A tavern in Philadelphia where the first Marines were recruited for service in 1775. It was also the home of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Pennsylvania.

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Unified Commands

Units under the control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff containing elements from all of the U. S. armed forces. They are normally commanded by a four star general or admiral and are given the title Commander-in-Chief.

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WAC

Women’s Army Corps. (see Woman Marine.)

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White Hat

An enlisted sailor, from the headgear worn with the enlisted uniform. (see Dixie Cup)

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World, The

The United States of America. (origin) Vietnam

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Zipper Head

Any Oriental person. (origin) Vietnam

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M1

The U.S. rifle caliber .30 [30-06], M1, is an air-cooled, gas-operated, clip-fed, semiautomatic shoulder weapon. The primary infantry weapon of World War II and Korea. It replaced the Springfield M1903 and was replaced by the M14.

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M225

Cannon for the M224 mortar.

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M7A3CS

Riot Control Hand Grenade. This 19-oz weapon contains 9.5 oz of CS that, when ignited, gives off a thick cloud of irritating agent for approximately 60 seconds.

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Manning the Rails

When entering or leaving port, or when rendering special honors, the ship’s compliment will get in full dress uniforms and stand along the rails or in the rigging at the position of attention.

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MarineBand

The United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own”, is located at Marine Barracks 8th and Eye Street, Washington, DC. It is the official band of the Marine Corps. Other bands exist at division, air wing and depot levels throughout the Marine Corps.

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Mayday

The international distress signal, particularly during voice communication. see SOS and Police Flag.

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Medevac

Evacuation of wounded usually by helicopter. First used in the Korean War and perfected in Vietnam, it is now a standard medical term used worldwide.

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Montford Point

A section of Camp Lejeune, NC where black Marines were trained during World War II. Prior to that time there were no black Marines.

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Mundy Jr., Carl E

Thirtieth Commandant of the Marine Corps serving from July 1, 1991 until June 30, 1995. The native Georgian was born July 16, 1935.

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Neville, Wendell

Fourteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps and recipient of the Medal of Honor. Born May 12, 1870 in Virginia, he lived until July 8, 1930. A Naval Academy graduate, he was appointed Major General Commandant on March 5, 1929 and died in office.

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Numbnuts

Ignorant or untrainable. Used often by drill instructors to describe recruits.

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OIF II

Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The Iraqi War after the “mission accomplished” announcement of the “end of major hostilities.”

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Out

(Commtalk) “I am signing off. Do not reply.” Thus, “over and out” is a contradiction.

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PC

Politically Correct. Used herein to identify things that are not Politically Correct as in the next entry.

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Piss ‘n Puke

(Seagoing Marines) Confinement to the brig on bread and water. (synonym) Apparently, Piss ‘n Punk is used in some quarters.

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Pollywog

(see Shellbac.k)

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Precedence

A formal list of commissioned officers in the Naval Service and their position of authority relative to each other.

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Pussy Patch

Medicated patch given to those who get seasick.

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Raghead

(Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom)(Not PC) Any Arab person. Refers to the common headdress of the region.

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REMF

1. Rear Echelon Mother Fucker. 2. A staff person.

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Rock

Idiot, as in “That rock is really stupid.”

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Rubber Lady

Air mattress. Sometimes called a Rubber Whore.

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Sarge

An army diminutive of sergeant, and a good way to get your ass kicked when talking to a Sergeant of Marines.

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Sea Dip

An effect of over-tightening the hoop in a Frame Cover, causing the sides to curve downward. A sign of saltiness sometimes considered fashionable among enlisted Marines. Never done by any officer other than a Mustang, and then only with great subtlety.

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Secure

To stop work or to lock up for safe keeping.

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Sick Call

A designated time and place for people to report themselves as sick and unable to perform their duties.

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Slack

To treat with a reduced level of emphasis, i.e., to give someone slack. To ease off.

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Snot Locker

The nose. Used mostly as in “I’m gonna hit you in the snot locker.”

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Splash

To drive an Amtrac off the back of an amphibious ship.

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Staff Sergeant of Marines

The first staff non-commissioned officer rank is indicated by three chevrons with a single rocker connecting them and crossed rifles in between chevrons and rocker. The pay grade is E-6, and the Army equivalent is also a staff sergeant who wears the same insignia except for the color and without the crossed rifles. In the Air Force, the rank is Technical Sergeant which is indicated by five inverted chevrons with the top three partially covered with a blue circle containing a star. Navy and Coast Guard equivalents are Petty Officer First Class and their insignia of three inverted chevrons topped with a Navy eagle is worn on the left arm only.

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Stumps, The

Marine Corps Air-Ground Coordination Center, Twenty Nine Palms, California. The largest Marine Corps base right in the middle of the desert. It is said that a Marine can not go UA there because he or she can walk for three days and still be seen from mainside.

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Tail End Charlie

The last person or element in a line or column.

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TMO

Traffic Management Office. Where one goes to arrange for the shipment of household goods, vehicles or other items on a permanent change of station.

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Tuna Boat Driver

A pejorative term used by tankers in reference to Amtrac drivers.

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Uniform Code of Military Justice

The system of justice for the military services. It is a federal law enacted by Congress. It replaced the “Rocks and Shoals” system of justice practiced previously in the Naval service.

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WAF

Woman (or Women) in the Air Force. (see Woman Marine.)

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WIA

Wounded in Action.

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WR

Abbreviation for Woman Reserve, used from the time women were first allowed to join the Marine Corps Reserve, Feb. 13, 1943, until 1947 when they were allowed to join the active Marine Corps.

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Zippo

1. (World War II to present) A cigarette lighter made in Bradford, PA and prized by all military personnel because of their rugged construction and ability to stay lit in a typhoon. 2. Derogatory term for a flame-thrower tank.

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M1/M2

.30 cal. carbine rifle.

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M228

Hand grenade fuse.

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M8

Smaller, rectangular baseplate for the M224 mortar.

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Manual of Arms

The prescribed movements involving the use of weapons, including swords, in parades and ceremonies.

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MarineBrat

see Military Brat.

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MCAS

Marine Corps Air Station.

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MedicalBattalion

A Navy medical unit which provides additional support to Marine operational units in the field and to Marine units who do not have corpsmen assigned to them.

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Mikes

Millimeters or minutes as appropriate.

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Mustang

A commissioned officer who served previously as an enlisted person.

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Newbie

A new member of a unit, usually one with little military experience, who is the object of numerous practical jokes. One usually remains a newbie until the next newbie signs in.

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Nuts to Butts

Alignment of troops designed to save space in a mess hall. Usually aligned with left side against a wall.

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Oki

Okinawa. An island south of Japan owned by the U. S. Government until the 1970s when it was turned over to Japan. Still a major Marine Corps installation, it was used during Vietnam as a staging point for troops going into and out of Vietnam.

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Outfuckingstanding

A Marine expletive meaning very good.

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PCFSMFSOB

(Not PC) Piss, cunt, fuck, shit, mother fucker, son of a bitch. An expletive said quickly while angry or in pain. (Vietnam era)

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Pisscutter

A Marine”s garrison cover. The word was used extensively in the middle 20th Century, presently out of vogue due to a serious lack of political correctness. The etymology of the word is not known. One possible explanation comes from Kate Gladstone who says, “I have heard ‘pisscutter’ used by (elderly male) non-Marines to describe anything which has a sharp, spiffy-looking fold or edge or crease – e.g., a particularly well-made hat-brim, or an admirably crisp crease in a pair of pants.” In the novel Shogun, by James Clavell, the word is used to refer to a harbor that was particularly difficult to navigate. (synonym) Sometimes pisscover.

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Poncho

A multi-purpose rectangle of rubberized canvas. Has a hole in the middle for the head. It was used to fend off rain, as a tent or to carry bodies, among many other uses.

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President’s Own

Name given to the United States Marine Corps Band, the official band for the President of the United States, called “The President’s Own”.

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Puzzle Palace

Specifically the Pentagon or often any headquarters.

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RailroadTracks

Slang for the rank insignia of a Marine, Army or Air Force captain or a Navy or Coast Guard lieutenant.

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Remington Raider

Office personnel, from the reference to the Remington typewriter which was widely used. (Typewriter is the term for a mechanical device used prior to computers to create printed pages containing words and phrases generated by the operator–often known as a typist.)

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Rock and Roll

An alliteration of lock and load, it means to begin an action, to start. In Vietnam, it also meant to set the M16A1 to full-automatic fire (full-automatic fire used up ammunition so fast that later models were modified to fire only three-round blasts with each pull of the trigger on automatic).

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Russell, John H

Sixteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps and fifth consecutive Commandant to graduate from the U. S. Naval Academy. The Californian was born Nov. 14, 1872 and was named Major General Commandant March 1, 1934. He served until Nov. 30, 1936 and died March 6, 1947.

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SAW

M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. The automatic weapon for each fire team. It replaced the BAR after Vietnam.

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Sea Snake

A legendary creature for which newer crew members would be sent to find or which would be used to intimidate inexperienced members of the ship’s complement. During Vietnam, however, great masses of white churning fish would follow the illuminated hull of the USS Repose (hospital ship) as she plied her course at Yankee Station.

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Semper Fidelis

Latin for “always faithful”. The current motto of the U. S. Marine Corps. Often expressed informally as Semper Fi.

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Ship’s Compliment

The sailors and Marines who make up the permanent party of a ship, as opposed to those who are assigned for a single cruise or action. (see Seagoing Marine.)

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Sierra Hotel

brShit Hot, meaning the best or in prime form.

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Slick

A Huey helicopter with the seats removed so that a larger number of combat troops could be transported (from the helicopter’s slick deck). (origin) Vietnam

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Snuffy

A low ranking enlisted Marine.

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Splib

A derogatory term for black people. Sometimes spelled Spliv. (origin) Vietnam

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Stanchion

On board ship, any pole or pillar used to support the overhead.

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Toe Chain

The smaller of two chains holding the dog tags. It could be draped on the big toe to identify a casualty while the tag on the larger chain went to Graves Registration.

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Turkey Bar

(Okinawa and Japan) A local bar where oral sex is performed for a fee. In the 1960s, some of the bars even advertised being Turkey Bars on their signs. The bar girls are called gobblers.

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Uniformed Services

The five armed services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard), plus the commissioned corps of the U. S. Public Health Service and the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

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WAG

Wild Assed Guess.

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Widow Maker

Unofficial and uncomplimentary name for the CH-53 helicopter.

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WTFO

“What the fuck, over.” A statement of disbelief or question using radio communication terminology .

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Zonk

Unofficial army command. Typically used during PT (physical training) formations during extremely shitty weather as a way of dismissing a unit from duty. After the command of “Zonk!!” is given the entire unit runs off screaming and shouting to their barracks rooms or cars.

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M103

Heavy gun tank with a 120 mm main cannon of extremely long range.

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M249

SAW or Squad Automatic Weapon, it replaced the BAR. The SAW is a gas-operated, belt/magazine-fed, air-cooled, automatic, shoulder-fired weapon 5.56 mm. Typically, there are nine SAWs in a basic infantry platoon.

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M9

Baretta 9mm pistol with 15 round magazine which replaced the M19llA1 in the 1990s.

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MarDet

Marine Detachment.

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MarineCombatTraining

Infantry training provided to every Marine not assigned an Infantry MOS. (see School of Infantry)

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MCAS

Marine Corps Air Station.

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MEF

Marine Expeditionary Force.

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Military Brat

The child of someone in the military. Originally a put-down, it is now a term embraced by most military brats. They take pride in the informal education that living with their military parent(s) in many and unique places has afforded them.

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Moose

An indigenous female in Korea or Vietnam who served as a mistress to a Marine while in the country. They would maintain an off-base home environment and sex for a small payment and black market supplies.

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NFG

No Fucking Good.

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NVA

North Vietnamese Army. (origin) Vietnam.

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Old Goat

(see Goat Locker.)

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Over

(Commtalk) “I am finished talking, it”s your turn to talk.”

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PCP

A special unit in Marine boot camp to which recruits who are unable to maintain minimal physical conditioning are sent. Their entire day is spent in physical conditioning and once they meet the standard they are placed back into training with a platoon which is at the point where they were taken out of regular training

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Pissing Contest

An argument, usually without purpose or value.

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Poncho Liner

A camouflaged, quilted, lightweight nylon blanket that ties to the inside of a poncho. It was usually the only blanket carried by troops in Vietnam.

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Prick25

Radio Set AN/PRC-25 (RT-505)(NSN 5820-01-857-0934). Man portable, nautical radio – one tube. Was the predecessor of the PRC-77. (origin) Vietnam

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PX

Post Exchange, an Army term. Now the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). (see Marine Corps Exchange)

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Rank

The military authority of an individual within the structure of the organization. Rank is represented by insignia showing relative authority. Rank increases in relationship to pay grade but is distinctly different. For instance a Major of Marines should not be referred to as an O-4 and a Sergeant Major of Marines is never an E-9. (see Pay Grade.)

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Repeat

A word removed from the vocabulary of artillery and mortar personnel. Using the term casually can cause unwanted action. (synonym) “Say again” is the acceptable replacement phrase.

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Say Again

Repeat. Particularly important when talking to an artillery or mortar unit on the radio. Repeat has specific consequences. By someone not paying attention the phrase, “Say again, all after ‘good morning'” could be used, but the consequences may be painful.

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Sea Story

A tale. Often containing a small grain of truth somewhere.

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Semper Gumby

An unofficial motto of the Marines in a mixed Latin/cartoon dialect meaning “always flexible”.

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Shit Bird

A screw-up. Someone who regularly gets into trouble.

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Sight Picture

Firing alignment. Aligning the rear and front sights of a weapon so that the bull rests directly upon the sight blade.

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Sliders

Hamburgers, from the Naval reference to the amount of fat and grease on them, allowing them to slide down the throat. “With Lids” refers to cheeseburgers.

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SOC

Special Operations Capable, a designation usually placed after the title of a Marine unit and usually within parenthesis (SOC). See Marine Expeditionary Unit as an example of an organization that can be given this additional designation.

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Splice the Main Brace

(Civil War) A Naval term indicating that the crew should muster for their regular issue of Grog. The issue of Grog on U. S. flag vessels ended during the Civil War. It is still practiced in the Royal Navy. The main brace is the line (not rope) that holds the main sail in place. It was always a target of battle and after the battle the first duty of most sailors was to take care of the main brace and splice it if it was torn. On completion of that arduous task it was customary to take a drink of strong spirits to also strengthen the men.

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Stand Fast

A command to stay where you are and not move until told otherwise.

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Super Shitter

Nickname reserved specifically for the CH-53E Super Sea Stallion helicopter. (see Shitter.)

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TDY

Temporary Duty. A temporary assignment other than the normal billet, often at another location and frequently with additional pay during the period. Used since the 1980s, prior to that the term was TAD.

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Toilet Seat

Pejorative term for the “Marksman” Shooting Badge. It is the lowest of three levels of marksmanship qualification and the badge is shaped like a square target. Qualifications for the Marksman Shooting Badge would earn an “Expert” rating in the other services.

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Turn to

Naval command to begin work.

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Unit One

The Field Medical Kit carried by Navy Hospital Corpsmen,

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Warrant Officer

An officer who ranks below a second lieutenant but above all enlisted personnel. see Chief Warrant Officer. Most warrant officers are former enlisted. They wear the insignia of first and second lieutenants with various red stripes painted on the insignia.

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Wigged Out

Crazy, flipped out or, in Vietnamese, “Dinky Dau”.

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XO

Executive Officer. Second in command .

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Zoomie

A pejorative term for Marines assigned to an aviation unit or all members of the Air Force.

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M14

M14, The U.S. rifle, caliber 7.62 mm [308 Winchester], M14, is an air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed, shoulder weapon. It is designed primarily for semiautomatic fire. (background) An infantry weapon in use between Korea and early Vietnam. It replaced the M1 and was replaced by the M16.

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M25A2 CS

Riot Control Hand Grenade weighing 7.5 oz with 3.5 oz of CS gas, with a unique arming system unlike any other grenade in the inventory. The use and effect is the same as the M7A3.

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MAG

Marine Air Group. A unit in an air wing equivalent to an infantry regiment. Commanded by a colonel.

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Marine Corps Association

At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 25 April 1913, Marines of the Second Provisional Brigade formed the Marine Corps Association. John A. Lejeune, then a lieutenant colonel, headed its first executive committee. The purpose of the MCA was defined then and continues to drive the Association. To disseminate knowledge of the military art and science among members. * To provide for professional advancement. * To foster the spirit and preserve the traditions of the Marine Corps. * To increase the efficiency of the Marine Corps and to further the interest of the military and Naval Services in all ways not inconsistent with the good of the general government.

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MarineExpeditionary Brigade (MEB)

Consisting of a Regimental Landing Team, Marine Air Group and a services support group, the MEB is commanded by a brigadier general and is a self-sufficient fighting element.

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MCB

Marine Corps Base.

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MenopauseManor

(see Goat Locker, from the Royal Navy term.)

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Military Creases

On uniform shirts, vertical creases ironed into the uniform–two on the front running through the shirt pocket buttons and three evenly spaced on the back. Some Army and Air Force types had them sewn in, while Marines always had them ironed in.

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Mortar

An ancient field weapon that fires a projectile in a high arch to reach an impact point.

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Nicholas, Samuel

First “Commandant” of the Marine Corps. Born in 1744 in Pennsylvania, he was commissioned a “Captain of Marines” by the Continental Congress on Nov. 28, 1775 and was promoted to major on June 25, 1776. While the resolution of Congress on Nov. 10, 1775 provided for a colonel to command two battalions of Marines, Nicholas was the senior officer when the organization ceases to exist in 1781 and is therefore considered to be the first Commandant. He died Aug. 27, 1790.

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O

Lieutenant of Marines. (see Mameluke Sword)

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Old Hat

Stale or unchanged information. Information that is already known.

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Over and Out

(Commtalk)Does not exist–an oxymoron. Similar to saying “I am signing off, do not reply, it”s your turn to talk.”

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PCS

Permanent Change of Station. Leaving one unit to be assigned to another, it generally involves travel pay and household goods shipments and a total disruption of life

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Pith Helmet

A khaki-colored fiber helmet used extensively for the jungle environment. Worn by Marines throughout the 20th Century in boot camp, in war, in the fleet and presently worn by primary marksmanship instructors.

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Poolee

An unofficial rank assigned by Marine recruiters to newly enlisted recruits in the delayed entry program, awaiting departure to recruit training. Some recruiters have regular, mandatory, formations in which rudimentary drill and physical training are conducted.

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PX Ranger

Any retard in the U.S. Army that goes to the PX, buys military awards and/or decorations that they didn”t earn and then pins them on their chest so that they can go around looking like a hero. These yahoos often claim to have served in the Rangers or Force Recon or some other elite unit, but that they got out because of an injury or because they got tired of the B.S.

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Ranking

Seniority within a rank or within a unit. Factors involved are date of rank, date of enlistment or commissioning. It is similar to precedence.

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RequestMast

Every Marine”s right to be heard. At every step up the chain of command, any Marine may request to see the next person in authority all the way to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. When a request mast is asked for, the Marine does not have to explain why but he or she must make the request at every step up the ladder. If a Marine requests mast to the CMC he or she had better have a good reason.

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Rocker

A chevron that goes underneath divided chevrons, Resembles the wooden piece on the bottom of a rocking chair.

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Scarlet and Gold

The official colors of the U. S. Marine Corps as ordered by Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune in 1921.

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Seabag

A large canvas bag into which sailors and Marines stuff their entire issue of uniforms and personal items when being transferred. In the Army and Air Force, it is a duffel bag.

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Shit Sandwich

A bad or barely tolerable event. Usually a mission or activity that has gone bad.

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Signal Bridge

A small open deck in the superstructure of a ship, usually above the bridge, for the hoisting of flags and pennants, which were used to signal to other ships and to shore installations from ship.

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SlitTrench

(see Straddle Trench.)

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SOI

School of Infantry.

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Starboard

Naval term for right. The starboard side of a ship will be illuminated with a green light.

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Superstructure

All of that portion of a ship above the main deck. The decks are numbered up from the first deck above the main weather deck, the 01 level. Therefore the 05 level is five decks above the main weather deck. The bridge is located in the superstructure,

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Technical Sergeant

1. A World War II and Korea period rank, the insignia of which was three chevrons and two horizontal bars. It was part of a dual rank system which had technicians and command ranks. In the 1960s, the rank became gunnery sergeant and the crossed rifles were added. 2. Air Force rank upon which the insignia of the top three enlisted grades are constructed. (see Staff Sergeant of Marines.)

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Tombstone Brigadier General

Following World War I, Congress passed a law that advanced a Navy commander by one grade if they were retiring and had been decorated during the war. It was intended as a one-time fix for a decorated officer whose career was compromised by an accident which kept him from promotion. However, the law, which applied only to the Naval Service, remained in effect until 1967 when it was repealed. Marines who retired and had received personal decorations were routinely promoted to the next rank the day after retirement. The effect was most noticed with colonels who, the day following retirement became flag officers.

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Twilight Cruise

Transfer to a cushy duty station for a Marine’s last assignment prior to retirement.

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United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association

An association of Marines and former Marines who were involved in the Public Affairs, Photographic or Motion Picture career fields or former Marines now working in journalism or public relations,

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Warrior Breakfast

The meal served to recruits upon completion of the gruelling 54-hour crucible. For many, it is the first good meal in two days.

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WILCO

(Commtalk)Will Comply. Often used after Roger.

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X-Ray

A watertight condition on board ship in which certain hatches and portholes must remain closed to insure the integrity of the individual compartments.

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M15

White phosphorous hand grenade replaced by the M34.

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M26

Fragmentation hand grenade. Hand-thrown, with a 7-second delay from arming to explosion.

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Maggie’s Drawers

A red flag, waved from the rifle pits to indicate a complete miss of the target during qualification firing.

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Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Any event from a buffet dinner to a mess night held on or close to November 10th each year to commemorate the birthday of the United States Marine Corps in 1775. To qualify it must have a decorated cake so that the first two pieces go to the oldest and youngest Marine present and the reading of the Commandant”s Birthday Order and the Birthday Order of Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune.

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MARTD

Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment.

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MCBH

Marine Corps Base, Hawaii.

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MER

Maximum Effective Range. The distance at which a weapons system can be expected to regularly hit a target.

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Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)

The career field and job of a Marine.

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MOS

Military Occupational Specialty.

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Nicholson, Augustus S

Acting Commandant from May 13 until June 9, 1864. Major, Adjutant and Inspector of the Corps. Serving between the death of Harris and the appointment of Zeilin.

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Obstacle Course

A series of physical barriers over which a Marine must cross in a race against time. (see Confidence Course)

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On Station

Usually refers to a ship being at its assigned position on the ocean. Also sometimes used to mean on duty.

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Over the Hill

Unauthorized absence.

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PEBD

Pay Entry Base Date. The date from which pay longevity is computed. Usually the first enlistment or commissioning date

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Pits

A place behind a mound on a firing range where targets are pulled, marked and repaired before being hoisted, to be fired upon again.

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Poop

Information, as in straight poop, bad poop or poop from the group.

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Private

1. The first enlisted rank in the Marine Corps which is identified by having no insignia.. 2. The pay grade is E-1 and is equivalent to an Army private (or Air Force airman basic) who also wears no rank insignia. 3. In the Navy and Coast Guard, a seaman recruit wears a single slash in a box on the left sleeve only.

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Q-Hut

see Quonset Hut.

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Rat Fucked

To be seriously torn apart or rifled through. Originating in Vietnam when cases of C-Rations (Rats) would be gone through in the process of transporting them to the front.

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Retread

1. Has a number of uses in the military, usually referring to a person who makes a change. 2. A person who gets out of the military and then comes back in. 3. Someone who retrains into another MOS. 4. In boot camp, someone who was recycled into a new platoon.

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Rocks and Shoals

The system of Naval justice prior to the introduction of the UCMJ

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S-1

The administrative section of a battalion. Administrative personnel are usually given 01 MOSs.

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School Circle

An informal circle, sitting or standing around a Drill Instructor or other instructor for the purpose of receiving training.

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Sergeant Major of Marines

The senior enlisted person in a battalion, regiment, group, wing or higher. His or her insignia consists of three chevrons and four rockers with a star between the chevrons and rockers. The pay grade is E-9 and it is shared with the rank of master gunnery sergeant. In the Army, the rank is the same but the insignia contains one less rocker. In the Air Force, the rank is chief master sergeant and the insignia is a technical sergeant insignia with three chevrons on top. In the Navy and Coast Guard, the insignia is worn on the left arm only and consists of a chief petty officer insignia with two stars above the eagle.

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Shitcan

A trash can or to remove a person from his or her position.

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Six

Usually, Your Six, meaning your back. From the clock system of identifying an object when 12 is to your front, 6 is to your rear.

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SlopChute

A bar for lower enlisted grades having few amenities and serving only low content beer-no hard liquor.

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Soldier

A member of a military force that trains for and fights in wars. General reference is to a member of the Army while in fact soldiering is practiced by Marines, certain sailors and some airmen.

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Spooky

A flare ship (origin) Vietnam (see Basketball )

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Starchies

Highly starched utilities.

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Suppression Fire

Fire directed at an enemy position to keep that position from using their own weapons. Often applied to allow portions of a unit to reposition without being hit by enemy fire.

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Terminal Leave

Leave from which a Marine is not expected to return to duty, such as just prior to retirement or separation. Usually taken to get a jump on civilian life or to use up any unpaid leave remaining on the books.

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Tootsie Roll

A candy that was air dropped to the Marines who were cut off at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. It kept many of the Marines from starving to death, as all of the other food they had required heating, due to the 30o below zero temperatures. Tootsie Rolls could be put inside clothing, close to the skin, and it would thaw out enough to be eaten. In addition, as their trucks and jeeps were being shot up by the Chinese, the Marines would repair the holes by placing a chewed up Tootsie Roll into the hole, where it would immediately freeze and create a weld.

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Twinkie

(Korean War Period) Marine aviation personnel.

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Unsat

Unsatisfactory,

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WASP

Women’s Air Force Service Pilots, while not a Marine unit is still worthy of comment. These were civilian female pilots during World War II who ferried planes from construction plants to free male pilots for combat. They were a courageous and patriotic group who have finally been granted veteran status. Originally they were the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron–WAFS—and the Women’s Flying Training Detachment, dually created Sep 1942 within the Air Transport Command.

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Willie Peter (WP)

White phosphorus, an incendiary material that burns hot and is not extinguished with water. Used in WP hand grenades and long range artillery rounds.

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Yankee Station

One of the two positions typically occupied by an aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam. Yankee was the northern station responsible for disruption of commerce and logistics.

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M16

The U.S. rifle, caliber 5.56 mm [223 Remington], M16, is a lightweight air cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed, shoulder weapon. It is capable of both semiautomatic and full automatic fire. (background) The basic infantry rifle that replaced the M14 at the start of the Vietnam War. It was designed by Eugene Stoner for the Armalite Company and was produced by Colt. see Mattel.

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M34

White phosphorous smoke hand grenade. This 27.2 oz weapon contains 12 oz of white phosphorous.

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Maggot

One of the lowest forms of life. Also a Marine who spends most of his or her time trying to obtain a discharge.

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Marine Corps Exchange

The correct name of the PX. On Navy bases you will find a Navy Exchange and on Army and Air Force installations they will have Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES).

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