Jun 29 2008

And now, a message from the Navy

Published by at 11:45 am under Comedy,Guns,National service

I found this list of Navy slang pretty funny. Here are some choice Navy phrases…

  • Bullet Sponge: U.S. Marine.
  • Cleaning Stations: Hour-long field day evolution where everyone drops what they’re doing and cleans their spaces. See “XO’s Happy Hour.”
  • Corpsman Candy: Sore-throat lozenges handed out at sick bay in lieu of any substantive treatment. Sometimes accompanied by two aspirin.
  • Danger Nut: A “fun” game in which one or more sailors place a washer or nut around a rod or similar metal device and then hold it to a steam vent. The washer or nut spins wildly due to the high pressure of the steam. Once it reaches a high enough speed, the rod is turned so that the steam blows the object completely off the rod and (hopefully) at another sailor, who then has to dodge the “danger nut.”
  • F.U.B.I.J.A.R.: F*** You Buddy, I’m Just A Reservist (“backbone of the Navy”)
  • Good Humor Man: the summer white uniform. This all-white short sleeve cotton uniform makes the wearer look suspiciously like the ice cream man.
  • Mando Commando: Sailor assigned mandatory physical training (Mando PT) for being overweight or failing the Physical Readiness Test.
  • POG (Person other than a Grunt): A term often used by Marine Infantry (Grunts) to refer to anyone who is not them. Specifically anyone in an Admin Field.
  • Sea Stories: Often exaggerated or embellished tales from previous deployments or commands told by seniors to juniors. Sea Stories almost always involve alcohol. Good sea stories should involve creative embellishment, in as much as you should tell it better than the guy you heard it from, with yourself (or an un-named “buddy”) as the new star. Add some contemporary details and those youngsters are mezmerized, as they should be.
  • Snake-Eater
  • Squid: Increasingly becoming used to represent ALL sailors.
  • Tape Zebra: Maddening condition aboard ship, especially aircraft carriers, where passageways are “taped off” so that they may be waxed, dried, and buffed in the middle of the night. It seems that the passageways are purposely chosen to maximize delay and frustration when a pilot has to do an oh-dark-thirty preflight or some other duty. Junior enlisted sailors take special delight in denying officers access to these passageways, and relish in their disgruntled detours. Likewise, junior officers thoroughly enjoy when a man overboard or general quarters is called in the middle of the night, and they rush to get to the head of the line so as to crash through tape zebra and trample through the wet wax.
  • Vampire Liberty: Getting a day off for donating a pint of Blood.

You didn't think it would be this bad, did you?

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  1. Infernoxon 04 Nov 2012 at 4:30 pm


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