Mike from NDS posted an acronym in another thread - STRAC. Got me to thinking of acronyms or slang we commonly used so I thought it might be a fun thread to post some of the retro ones you used (not made up stuff, but common terms you used that were unofficial slang).
I'll start with some, but I bet we will find ones we use now or in the recent past probably originated long ago and are carry overs.
JEEP - referring to a new recruit. Just Enough Experience to Perform
ROAD - old timer that does nothing at work. Retired On Active Duty
Two Digit Midget - Someone with 99 days or less on an assignment.
Rivet Counter - the Security Policeman assigned to walking the perimeter of an aircraft for the shift.
Gap Guard - the Security Policeman assigned to walk back and forth between the open area that planes use to exit a secure area quickly
Frogs - the old style USAF green fatigues worn before Woodland BDU's were introduced
Jungles - the BDU style light green fatigues issued in tropical climates
Ate Up - a guy that is totally into the military - similar to STRAC, but somewhat derogatory
Birth Control glasses - the thick black rimmed prescription glasses issued during basic training
P.T.: physical training
Profile: anyone who routinely goes on sick call to get out of duty or more commonly get out of P.T.
Shammer: same as Profile.
Gun Bunny, Cannon Cocker: artillary solider
Grunt: infantry soldier
Straight Leg Grunt: infantry soldier not airborne
LBE: load bearing equipment
Drive on rag: O.D. trianglar bandage tied around the neck or worn as a skull cap under helmet.
"It's only paranoia if someone isn't really trying to track you down and kill you." Recon Team Ohio One-Zero Floyd Ambrose, Vietnam.
You never stop being a soldier. You just stop putting on the uniform.
ARMY - ain't ready for the marines yet chair force - my dad and buds hated the Air Force for some reason
EPD - we weren't punished, we were assigned EPD (Extra Punitive Duties)
Gunny - apparently once you reach Gunnery Sgt you get this nickname and it sticks. Must be a million of 'em out there
Mollies - female marines?? Other names used but won't repeat here...
Goon Squad - Where you were sent when relieved of duty to conduct menial tasks (dorm maintenance) while waiting your punishment.
Goonie - a member of the Goon Squad.
Recycle - a person sent back a to a lower training class to repeat their learning process. (Sometimes because of injury)
Wash Out - Someone that failed their training and got sent home or to another AFSC.
(Fortunately, I never held these lovely titles)
Box Nasty - Those in flight meals that came in a white box delivered to a post when you couldn't make it to the chow hall or the chow hall was closed during your shift. Cold fried chicken, soda and chips were the best.
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Soup sandwich - someone or something that is screwed up
House mouse - the troop responsible for all the cleaning supplies in the barracks (only used that in basic)
Leg - anyone not airborne qualified
Pogue - someone not high-speed (similar to a REMF)
FUC*(ing) - noun, verb, adjective, adverb, filler (unfortunately, I still use it to this day)
Long Nose-the american soldier according to the viets
Sneaky Pete=Green Beret
Willy Pete=white phosphorous
World O Hurt=anything that is coming your way dangerous
Death sentence=airborne unassigned
Well F*ck me till it hurts=Getting briefed on an incursion into injun country that has vastly outnumbering forces
Snoop and Poop=Intel gathering recon mission
Shotgun=Taking a big hit of pot through a shotgun barrel muzzle while someone blows the pot from the breech or so I've heard.
Tunnel rat=the shortest/smallest hero in the unit
Ham an Mother f**ckers=My favorite with tobasco
Click Click=pressure detonated booby trap.
White Mice=Vietnamese police/MP's etc.
Mad Minute=release of anxiety and bullets when hitting a suspected hot LZ
Alfa Mike Foxtrot=adios muther f*cker
It don't mean nothing=a way/saying of coping with the loss of men or whatever bad happened that day.
Suzies Tiger Den=beautiful 5 dolla wimenz-oh wait that's not a slang
Blivet - Shape hung on wings to balance the load, or a person that resembles something useful, by uniform but is worthless
SLC - Self Loading Cargo, passengers
Target - Anything on the ground
Marines - Without the Navy, they'd just be the Army
Grape - Fueler
Butter bar=second looey
shake and baker=trooper that went to the NCO/OCS school to become Sgt/officer without time in.
Didi mau=hurry the f*ck up
Band Aid=call sign for God/medic
bac si=viet word for doc
Foo gas=napalm/explosives for perimeter check off
Snake and nape=snake eyes and napalm
Prick=slang for the PRC radios
1-0/One Zero=Team leader
Good in the woods=Knows his sh*t
slack man=man behind the point man
chop chop=slang for food