U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

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Zap

To shoot or hit with a bullet.

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Zeilin, Jacob

Seventh Commandant of the Marine Corps. .A Philadelphian born July 16, 1806, he fought Mexicans in California and was a company commander at the First Battle of Bull Run before becoming Colonel Commandant on June 10, 1864 following the death of Harris. .He became the first Brigadier General Commandant and was responsible for the creation and adoption of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem of the U. S. Marine Corps.

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Zero

1. To set the sights of a weapon so that a proper sight picture will obtain a bull on the rifle range. 2. Any officer. Taken from the pay grades (O-1 to O-10). 3. Also a Japanese aircraft in World War II.

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Zipper Head

Any Oriental person. (origin) Vietnam

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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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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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Zoomie

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

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