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Posted: 3/24/2010 7:37:43 PM EDT
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
Link Posted: 3/24/2010 8:40:09 PM EDT
Ok, I'll play.

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
Cover: cap
LBE: load bearing equipment
Drive on rag: O.D. trianglar bandage tied around the neck or worn as a skull cap under helmet.

Link Posted: 3/24/2010 9:23:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/24/2010 9:25:13 PM EDT by SgtRock2]
My favorite was SHORT!
Not an acronym though.
Link Posted: 3/24/2010 10:19:42 PM EDT
Sham Shield: E4 or Specialist Rank (It's great, not a private and not an NCO)
Bohica: Bend over here it comes again!
Link Posted: 3/24/2010 10:45:10 PM EDT
Being a Marine officer brat I heard a few...

of course JarHead

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...

Many more - will have to think on it more.
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 4:47:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/25/2010 4:48:22 AM EDT by latewatch]
USMC –– Uncle Sam's Misguided Children
FUBAR –– F**ked up beyond all recognition
SNAFU –– Situation normal, all F**ked up
SGO –– Sh*t going on
NAP –– Non-Airborne personnel (also see Legs)

Link Posted: 3/25/2010 5:16:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 5:20:53 AM EDT
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.
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 5:39:20 AM EDT
My favorite was "Oh.. thats M.I.N.T"

when I asked what was ment by that " Mentally Incompetent Natural Target"

First Sergent was referring to the jungle camo while I was at 29 stumps

Link Posted: 3/25/2010 6:02:09 AM EDT
LPC's I'd forgotten that one, Mike
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 7:34:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 7:40:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/25/2010 7:42:26 AM EDT by OlGunner]
Humping = hiking/carrying, as in "humping the boonies" or "humping the pig" (...which means something altogether different in the civilian world)

and NAVY - Never Again Volunteer Yourself.
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 7:50:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mike_nds:
A "former" Marine in my old unit used the term "UNK" to describe someone that failed to qualify with their weapon.

We called it a BOLO.

Funny. Be on the look out for his rounds. I'm going to use that soon.

We called them "Dairy Queens". The initials are DQ the same as a disqualification.
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 7:58:10 AM EDT
MARINES: My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment Sir
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 8:00:10 AM EDT
FIGMO - fuck it, got my orders. an attitude some folks get when they are leaving a duty station.... similar to senioritis.
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 10:30:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/25/2010 12:23:09 PM EDT by Bones357]
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)

ETA: Great topic!
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 10:51:27 AM EDT
"Spoon" - a cook

"FTA" - "F___ the Army"

"John Wayne bar" - the round chocolate bars in the C-Rats

"Top" - the company First Sergeant

Link Posted: 3/25/2010 11:45:58 AM EDT
How about this one:

PINGERS - Personnel In Need of Graduation, Education, Recreation, and Sex

It was something the new guys were called at USAF Tech School.

Link Posted: 3/25/2010 11:56:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By F14ADC:
MARINES: My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment Sir

Best one so far!
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 12:07:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/25/2010 1:48:49 PM EDT by Dings]
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
Red Leg=arty
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
God=Our Medic
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

Link Posted: 3/25/2010 1:58:16 PM EDT
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
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 4:24:09 PM EDT
FNG-fucking new guy
REMF-rear eschelon motherfucker
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 4:30:35 PM EDT

Squid = sailor
Squid lid = sailor's hat
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 4:33:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Richard-ar15:
"Spoon" - a cook

"FTA" - "F___ the Army"

"John Wayne bar" - the round chocolate bars in the C-Rats

"Top" - the company First Sergeant

How about the "John Wayne toilet paper" , Rough as hell and don't take sh** off anybody.

Link Posted: 3/25/2010 5:33:54 PM EDT
Butter bar=second looey
shake and baker=trooper that went to the NCO/OCS school to become Sgt/officer without time in.
Didi=lets go
Didi mau=hurry the f*ck up
Band Aid=call sign for God/medic
bac si=viet word for doc
Mr Charles
Nathaniel Victor
Foo gas=napalm/explosives for perimeter check off
Snake and nape=snake eyes and napalm
Prick=slang for the PRC radios
Six=unit commander
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
Link Posted: 3/25/2010 6:34:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Joefriday22:

Squid = sailor
Squid lid = sailor's hat

Cunt Cap = USAF Flight Cap
Bus Driver's Hat = USAF Blues Dress Cap
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