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Old 03-13-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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HIV: in the USCG it isn't a disease, it is a High Interest Vessel.

USCG: the Puddle Pirate ,or, Knee Deep Sailors
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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This isn't really slang, but one term I really recall is "fraternization". Corporate America extends it mainly to "office romances" but that wasn't the case in the military. It was the idea that you really couldn't be "friends" with those subordinate to you because they may choose not to obey your directives, balk at your authority, if they carried you back to quarters last week, because you were too drunk to walk, etc. Becoming too close to your subordinates undermined your own authority, and so was frowned upon.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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This isn't really slang, but one term I really recall is "fraternization". Corporate America extends it mainly to "office romances" but that wasn't the case in the military. It was the idea that you really couldn't be "friends" with those subordinate to you because they may choose not to obey your directives, balk at your authority, if they carried you back to quarters last week, because you were too drunk to walk, etc. Becoming too close to your subordinates undermined your own authority, and so was frowned upon.
Otherwise saying, "never poop in your own back yard"?
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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TDY = temporary duty.
That's not slang but an actual official term. And actually it stands for "Temporary Duty Assignment" (so why isn't it "TDA?" Because it's the military. What you expected it to make sense?).

I would add:

"wtfo" - yes folks that originated w/the military
"hua" (made famous by Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman")

PS: "cover" is a Navy thing. The AF doesn't use it
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Buff--big ugly fat "fellow"--B-52
Attitude Adjustment--heard frequently by me as a teen...
Ring-knockers
Scope Dope
Attitude Adjustment would be done with "Wall to Wall Counseling."
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:06 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Recollections from the 1960's Marine Corps.

1) Junk on the bunk. Field gear and uniforms displayed for inspection.
2) Rack. What you slept on. A bunk in other branches of the service.
3) Grunt. Marine infantryman.
4) Back in the world. Home. USA.
5) Beacoup. From the French, much or many.
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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TDY "Temporary Duty Assignment" (so why isn't it "TDA?"
I believe it had something to do with the abbreviated form of "duty" for non-voice radio transmissions: "dy".
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:43 AM
 
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Thx, interesting...

Let's not forget the endearing names the services have for each other

Grunt: Army
Jarhead: Marine
Fly boy: Air Force
Squid: Navy
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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Attitude Adjustment would be done with "Wall to Wall Counseling."
Exactly! Often accompanied along with offers to drive me to the recruiter's office on my 18th birthday.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Helmet - brain bucket

Hat - cover or head gear

Dogs - Feet

Wall to Wall Conference - Drill Sergent bouncing you around in his office behind closed doors, while giving you an attitude adjustment.

Jody - The lazy dirt-bag back home that's hitting on your girlfriend while your doing your duty.

Walking Papers - Your discharge papers.
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