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WHAT?! Understanding Your Marine's New Language.

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782 Gear - Also "Deuce" gear; includes pack, canteen, poncho, ammo pouch, etc. used when in the field.
782 refers to the DD Form signed when gear is issued

As You Were:  -Resume Former Activity

Below - Downstairs
Bird - Any aircraft
Black Cadillacs - Combat Boots
Blouse - Cammie Shirt
BOHICA - Bend over here it comes again
Boonie: Broad brimmed soft cover, usually worn by Marine snipers.
Brass - Officers'
Brig - Military Jail
Brown Bagger - Married Marine
Boot Lewy - 2nd Lieutenant
Bulkhead - Wall
Bunker - A protective shelter
Buttcan - Ashtray
Butter Bar - 2nd Lieutenant
BX - Base Exchange

Cammies - Camouflage uniform
Canon Cocker - aka gun bunny personnel in an artillery battery
CFT - Combat Fitness Test
Chopper - Helicopter
Chow Hall - Where a Marine eats, like a cafateria
Civies - Civilian attire
Click - One kilometer or one notch of a rifle sigh
Cover - Marine Corps Hat

Deck - Floor
Deuce and a half - 2.5 Ton Truck
Devildog - Another name for a Marine
Doggie - U.S. Army Soldier

Field Day - Barracks or Office cleanup
Float - Deployment by ship
Fruit Salad - Ones ribbons and badges as worn on uniform.
FUBAR - Short for - F---ed Up Beyond All Recognition or Repair

Geedunk - Another term for food, usually a snack
GI Party - Cleaning the Barracks
GIG line - the straight line when the shirt and belt buckle and zipper are all aligned.
Go Fasters - Running shoes
Gob - WWII slang for Squid (Sailor)
Good to go - Ready to move, agree with, situation ok
Gook - A Vietnamese civilian, expanded to include any oriental
Grunt - A Marine infantryman
Gung Ho - Very enthusiastic and committed

Hatch - Door/doorway
Head - Bathroom / Restroom
High and Tight - Another term for a haircut
Horn - Radio
Hump - Field March

Jarhead - Another name for a Marine
John Wayne - A grandstander, or descriptive of a bold act, or any act which is typical in the movies but not sound Marine procedure, such as firing a machine gun from the hip. Also, a simple can opener that can be carried on the dogtag chain.

Ink Stick - Black Pen

K-BAR - Marine fighting knife
Klick - A kilometer

LPC's - Leather personnel carriers ... boots
Ladderwell - Stairwell
Leave - Vacation time
Liberty - Rest and relaxation - Authorized absence up to 96 hours
Lifer - Career Marine
Light Up - To fire on the enemy
Lipstick Lieutenant - Chief Warrant Officer 5
Lock and Load - Put ammunition in a weapon and prepare to fire

Ma Deuce - M2 BMG .50Cal. machine gun
Maggie's Drawers - A red flag on the range connoting a miss
Maggot - DI's affectionate name for a recruit
Mess Hall - Cafeteria where a Marine eats
MOS - Military occupational specialty (job)
Moon Beam - Flashlight
Moon Floss - Toilet paper
Most Ricky Tick - In a hurry; with a purpose; move fast

NCO - Non-Commissioned Officer
Nonhacker - A man who can't perform under pressure

0-Dark Thirty - After midnight, but before working hours
Office Hours - Appearing before the Commanding Officer for discipline (NJP)
OOH RAH - Motivational call. See the Marine Corps Times for the history and origin of this call, also spelled OO RAH

PCS - Permanent change of station
PFT - Physical Fitness Test
PT - Physical Training
Piece - Rifle
Pogybait - Candies
Pouge - Anyone other than infantry (headquarters personnel)

Rack - Bed
Rain Locker - Shower
Rock - Dumb person, idiot
Rustpicker (Rust Picker) - slang for Sailor. Given this name for the job that some saliors must do (pick rust off ships).

SNAFU - Situation Normal, All Fouled Up
Scuttlebutt - Rumor; Gossip / water fountain
Secure - lock up, close, take care of, finish for the day
Semper Scrotus - Always on the ball
Semper Gumby - Always flexible
Shit on a Shingle - Creamed beef on toast, a Marine delicacy
Shitbird - A sloppy Marine
Shit Storm - Combat or any violent activity
Skivvies - Underwear
Slop Chute  - Bar
Smedly - An enlisted man who caters to officers and staff nco's in the mess hall. Coined in honor of Smedly Butler, a Marine legend, for an obvious reason.
Smell Good - Deodorant or Cologne
Smoking Lamp - A shipboard tradition which indicates permission to smoke (lit) or not to smoke (out)
Sparks - A man whose MOS is radioman or field communications
Squid - Sailor
Swab - Mop

TARFU - Things Are Really Fouled Up
Ten (10) Percenter - One of the small number of nonhackers in any unit
Tiger Piss - Coined in Vietnam, rotgut booze in a brand name container
Topside - Upstairs

UA - Unauthorized absence

Water Buffalo - A large water tank on wheels
Whitewall - Standard Marine haircut
WM - Woman Marine

Zoomie - Anyone in the U.S. Air Force