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Old 01-13-2019, 09:27 AM
 
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Here is a definition, that I had never heard before, of the Air Force Pinger.

Of course, when I was in(1974/1980), Air Force Greens were called 'fatigues' or 'utilities',
and Air Force Basic was only Six Weeks.


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Old 01-13-2019, 09:43 AM
 
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Never once heard of that.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:37 PM
 
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I've heard the term Pinger, but never heard of a definition

We did make a "pinger detector" in basic electronics class. Still have mine around here somewhere.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:26 PM
 
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Pinger? I was in the AF starting in Jan of 1976. It was indeed a person fresh out of Boot Camp. But "Pinger" was a reference to that cowlick that forms on a person's head as their hair starts to grow back after having been shaved off in Boot camp. No matter how much you tried to keep it combed down or slicked down it would always "PING!" up after a few minutes.

Obviously referred to males. Never heard the term used to refer to females although as a general term referring to anyone fresh out of Boot camp it could apply. Like Airman
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:50 PM
 
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Pinger? I was in the AF starting in Jan of 1976. It was indeed a person fresh out of Boot Camp. But "Pinger" was a reference to that cowlick that forms on a person's head as their hair starts to grow back after having been shaved off in Boot camp. No matter how much you tried to keep it combed down or slicked down it would always "PING!" up after a few minutes.
I think this is pretty close to what I can remember. I may have heard it similar to, when the hair starts growing out, the sound made on your starched pillow case.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:51 PM
 
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one ping only.......
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Old 01-15-2019, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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one ping only.......
One ping only Vasily.....
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Old Today, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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I always assumed it was because after the shave down at basic, when your hair finally started to grow it "pinged" straight up.
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