U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

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WAAC

Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, predecessor to the WAC and without military status. (see Woman Marine.)

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Whiskey 95

A type of transfer from an overseas assignment in which the Marine is within 3 months of discharge. Rather than assign them to a unit for such a short time, the Marine is assigned to a holding unit at Camp Pendleton, CA or Camp Lejeune, NC.

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Word, The

Information supposedly received from a reliable source. Also, scoop, poop, skinny.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wasted

Extremely drunk or, in Vietnam, killed.

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Willie Peter Bag

A waterproofed canvas bag originally designed to keep a rolled up sleeping bag dry.

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Water Buffalo

A water tank on wheels.

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Wilson, Louis

Medal of Honor recipient and twenty-sixth Commandant of the Marine Corps. He served as Commandant from July 1, 1975 until June 30, 1979. He was born Feb. 11, 1920.

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Wave Cage

(Not PC) Living quarters of female enlisted Navy personnel.

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Wing

Usually Air Wing, an aviation unit equivalent to an infantry division.

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WAVES

Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services. The component unit in which women served the Navy. (see Woman Marine.)

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Wing Wiper

A pejorative term for a Marine assigned to an aviation unit.

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Webb, Jack

Hollywood producer and actor, best knows as Sgt. Joe Friday from the television series Dragnet in the mid-20th Century. He was lead actor in a movie from the 1950s called “DI” about a Marine Drill Instructor at Parris Island SC. His production company was Mark VII.

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Winger

A Marine assigned to an Air Wing. (see Wing Wiper.)

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Well Deck

A lower deck on some ships that can be flooded to embark and debark Marines on board amphibious tractors and boats.

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Wire, The

The perimeter of a position so named because most perimeters were marked with concertina or barbed wire. (origin) Vietnam

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Wetting Down

A party held to celebrate a promotion (in the past it involved copious amounts of alcoholic beverage).

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WM

Abbreviation for Woman Marine, acceptable for use from 1948 when women were first accepted into the regular Marine Corps until the late 1990s when it was decreed that they will be Marines (without prefix).

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Whale Shit

According to many Drill Instructors, the only thing lower on God’s green earth lower than a recruit.

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Woman Marine

Former term for a female Marine. No longer in use because women are integrated into the Corps and are identified simply as Marines. Similar groups in the other services were: WAC for Women”s Army Corps; WAAC for Women”s Army Air Corps; WAF for Women in the Air Force; WAVES for Women Available for Volunteer Emergency Services (Navy) and SPAR for Semper Paratus Always Ready (Coast Guard).

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Wharton, Franklin

Third Commandant of the Marine Corps. A Pennsylvania native born on July 23, 1767, he was named LtCol Commandant on March 7, 1804 and served until his death on Sept 1, 1818.

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