NOTE: NSFW; language may be offensive to some.
Waging war is a risky, all-encompassing endeavor physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It displays humankind at its best and at its worst, and the war fighter’s slang reflects the bitter, terrible, and inspiring all of it. A quick scan of these phrases illustrates the spectrum: disciplined bravado provides the glitz and glamour; earned camaraderie, the sincerity and warmth; irony, the realist’s edge; scorn, the punishing barb; and insistent vulgarity, a rowdy,leveling earthiness. A little verbal bravado and swagger has genuine utility. Hollywood bravado is little more than chest thumping bluster, but seasoned vets know that disciplined bravado indicates confidence and courage.
(U.S. Navy) a.k.a. “Fang Fairy”. Slang for a Sailor in the DT (Dental Technician) rating. Self-explanatory.
(U.S. Army and Marines) The First Sergeant or Master Sergeant (U.S. Marine Corps), senior enlisted man at company level.
(U.S. Army) A person, object or situation in disarray. Also, used as “Tore up from the floor up.”
1. (Canada) boil-in-the-bag omelet from ration pack. Similar in size and (reputedly) texture to the rubber pads fitted to AV tracks 2. (Canada) the rubber pad insert fitted to steel armored vehicle tracks to prevent damage to asphalt or concrete road surfaces.
Travelling Around Drunk
(U.S. Navy) On detached duty, officially termed “Temporary Additional Duty”.
(U.S. Army) An officer or NCO, especially one seen as oppressing enlisted personnel.
(U.S.) A member of the Army infantry. Mostly used in a derogatory way by members of other services.
(U.S.) A Soldier or Marine who is regularly involved in actual combat. I wouldn’t want to be out in the shit without the trigger pullers with U.S..
(U.S. Army) A Soldier who has the Special Forces Tab, Ranger School Tab, and Airborne Tab (worn as an integral part of the SSI) and wears all three tabs on his uniform. Also known as the “Tower of Power” due to the extreme difficulty involved in the military schools, and the “Triple Canopy” as a reference to parachuting.
(U.S. Air Force) When ABORT is improbable, but desired. Sometimes TROBA dances are initiated, to increase the chance of an aircraft RTB.
A common nickname given to mortar-men by rival units to playfully mock the mortar-man job.
(U.S. Navy) Slang for a Sailor in the HT (Hull Technician) rating. So named because most of their job aboard ship consists of fixing sewage pipe blockages.
(U.S. Navy) Slang for a Seabee in the UT (Utilitiesman) rating, tasked with building and maintaining camp water supply and sanitation systems. Turd herders only need to know three things – hot on the left, shit flows downhill, and quittin’ time is 1500.
(U.S. Marine Corps) Striking a Marine on his helmet with another helmet. The clunking of the two Kevlar helmets sounds like two empty shells hitting. Sometimes done deliberately among friends, but often as a joke to an unsuspecting trooper.
(U.S. Marine Corps) Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, California. Often simply referred to as “the Stumps.”
Two beer queer
(U.S.) A man who can’t handle his liquor. Implies that he’s ready to perform homosexual favors after his second beer.
Two digit midget
(U.S.) A G.I. who has less than 100 days ‘in country’ left before they rotate back to the U.S.A and/or before discharge. Coined during Vietnam War. See “short”.
(U.S.) NATO phonetic alphabet for the letter ‘U’. Stands for “Unidentified”. Can be an unidentified object, person, vehicle, etc. Example: “We have a Uniform dead ahead, someone move in and check it.”
(U.K.) Means “Undercover”, usually means a camouflaged object, vehicle or person, or a covert operative behind enemy lines. Can jokingly refer to an enemy mistakenly firing at his own people. Example: “We gotta’ retrieve that Uniform without them noticing.”, or “Look at that Uniform there, is he blind?!”
(U.S. Army) Meaning to get out of an area. As in, “Un-ass my AO.” Originally Used to mean simply, “Get off your butt.” Also, to dismount rapidly from a vehicle, “We un-assed the APC.”
Uncle Sam’s Canoe Club
(U.S.) The United States Navy.
Uncle Sam’s Confused Group
(U.S.) The United States U.S. Coast Guard.
Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children
(U.S.) Ironic term for the United States Marine Corps. Sometimes also the “University of Science, Music, and Culture”, “U Suckers Missed Christmas”, and “U Signed the Motherfuckin’ Contract”.
(U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps) To bring something or someone into proper order and accord with SOP.
(U.K., WWII, until 1944) Un Serviceable. Since this acronym was also used to identify a major ally, this particular usage became politically unacceptable but unofficially continued in use.