U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

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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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R and R

Rest and Recuperation. A respite from combat.

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Refil

A lifer. At times, commanders consider will direct that the term lifer not be used. In those instances the term Refil is often substituted to the same effect.

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RLT

Regimental Landing Team. A regiment of Marines consisting of three battalions and supporting artillery, tanks, Amtracks, heavy weapons, etc. A self-supporting force and a concept unique to the Marine Corps.

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RPG

Rocket-Propelled Grenade. A shoulder-fired infantry weapon.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rate

Any of the ranks within the Navy or Coast Guard enlisted structure.

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Retreat

A bugle call sounded when the U. S. flag is being lowered at the end of the day.

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Roger

(Commtalk) Yes.

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Rauber, Francis D

Second Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, he served from Sept 1, 1959 until June 28, 1961. He was born July 10, 1901 in Rochester, NY and died Feb 19, 1991.

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Retriever

A special tank designed as a sort of “wrecker” for tanks. The things they can do are almost miraculous.

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ROK Marines

The fiercest of the fighters in the Republic of Korea.

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Razor Wire

Similar to barbed wire or concertina with a sharp edge on one side and spikes every inch or so.

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Re-up

Reenlist or volunteer to serve another tour.

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Rollers

Naval term for hot dogs or frankfurters.

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Recon

To patrol looking for enemy movements and facilities in order to gain information. Generally, contact is avoided if at all possible.

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Reveille

1. A signal to awaken, get out of bed and begin the day. 2. Often a bugle call, in boot camp more often the yells and screams of Drill Instructors and the sounds of GI cans crashing to the deck.

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RON

Remain Overnight.

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RECON

Marine Recon conducts amphibious and ground reconnaissance operations, surveillance, battlespace shaping, and limited scale raids in support of a Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Unit, and other Marine Air-Ground Task Forces (MAGTF’S) or a Combined/Joint Task Force.

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RF

Regional Forces. Sort of like an Army reserve ranking between the ARVN and the PF.

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Rope

All rope used on a ship is called line. A former name for a female drill instructor. Until they were authorized to wear the campaign cover, female Marine drill instructors were designated with a crimson aiguillette worn on the left shoulder.

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Recruit

A person enlisted into the Marine Corps in anticipation of attending boot camp or a person undergoing training in boot camp. A recruit must earn the title “Marine” by successfully completing boot camp. Some people are given rank (usually PFC or LCpl) on enlistment and are paid at that rank, but during boot camp they wear no rank and are called “Recruit” like everyone else in training. Only upon graduation are they allowed to wear the insignia of their rank.

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RHIP

1. Rank Has Its Privileges. 2. Also, among lower ranking enlisted Marines, Rank Has Its Pricks.

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Rotorhead

Helicopter pilot.

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RibbonCreek

A small river that flows through Parris Island in an area once used for field training. (background) In 1956, six recruits died while on a training exercise here. Staff Sergeant Matthew McKeon, their Senior Drill Instructor, was courts-martialed and found guilty of negligence and drinking on duty. The investigations that followed highlighted the general practices of maltreatment of recruits and caused extensive revisions in the training program.

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Rottencrotch, Suzy

(see Suzy Rottencrotch.)

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Recruiter Assistance

A temporary duty assignment of up to 30 days, to assist local recruiters by making presentations to school groups, leading poolee training and general office duties. Offered to recent boot camp graduates by recruiters, if the recruiter believes the new Marine can be of help to him or her. Also available to all Marines when mutually agreed upon and approved. This is not an automatic assignment.

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RikiTik

Quickly. From an oriental phrase. Used mostly in the form “Mo Riki Tik.”

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Route Step

A normal pace in marching in which it is not necessary to march in step. Used mainly in the field when moving from place to place as a unit.

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Recycle

A boot camp term meaning that a recruit is removed from his or her platoon and placed in another platoon in order to repeat some portion of training. It usually occurs because the recruit did not successfully complete a required training item or in order to improve the recruit”s physical conditioning or, in some cases, because the recruit”s has a bad attitude. This is a traumatic event for the recruit and means that they will spend more time in training but it is not the end of the world and often turns out to be a good thing.

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RingKnocker

A graduate of the Naval Academy, Military Academy or Air Force Academy. “Absentmindedly” tapping the ring on a bar brings attention to it so that everyone is aware that the officer is an academy grad.

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Royal Marines

British Marines in the service of the Queen.

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