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Military Terms/Marine Jargon


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Adrift
Loose from towline or moorings;scattered about;not in proper stowage.

As You Were
Cancel previous command.

Aye,Aye,Sir!
I have received,understood and will obey.

Aft
At,in,or toward the stern(rear)

All Hands
All members or a command.

Ashore
Any place outside of a Naval or Marine Corps reservation.

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B

Batten the Hatch
Make it tight or secure,as against a storm.

Belay
Cancel previous command.

Boot
Recruit.

Bow
The front portion of a ship.

Breakout
Take out of stock or storage; to prepare for use.

Brig
A place of confinement;a prison.

Bulkhead
Wall

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C

Captain's Mast
Office hours,time for discipline,complaints.

Carry on
Continue

Cathole
Field head usually dug 1-foot wide and 1-foot deep.

Chop-Chop
Very quickly.

Chow
Food

Chow Hound
One who much enjoys eating.

Clear Hound
Clear the area by rearranging furniture,etc..to make way for a difference

Cover
Replace headgear.

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D

Deck
Floor

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E

Esprit de Corps
Readiness for action and courage.

Evening Colors
Ceremony of lowering the flag at sundown.

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F

Fantail
The main deck of a ship at the stern.

Field Day
General housecleaning,usually held once a week often on Friday.On these
days all hands get busy. Even nook and corner is cleaned. All glass and
brightwork polished (blitzes).

Fourragiere
Military decoration,a double-loop of green and red braid worn on the
shoulder given for distinguished service in France in WWI to the 5th and
6th Marine Regiments.

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G

Galley
Shipboard kitchen;Kitchen of a messhall;mobile field mess.

Gangway
An opening in the rail giving access to the ship.A command announcement
stand aside to let someone through.

Gear
Personal belongings,also equipment or tools.

G.I.
Government Issue,To clean thoroughly,sharp appearance,real neat.
Also,a "G.I. Can" is a container to hold trash.

Good Duty
A popular duty station,a popular work assignment.

Grinder
Drill field.

Gung Ho
"Can Do!" (or,we can do it together!)

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H

Hatch
Door

Head
Bathroom or washroom.

Heavy Weather
A storm time."heavy weather ahead",to warn someone of danger or
trouble coming.

Hitch
Enlistment period

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I

Irish Pennant
String or thread hanging from a garment.

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L

Ladder

Stairway

Leave
Absence from duty on written authority or period than on a pass and
permitting one to go to distant points.

Liberty
Off-Duty.

Line Officer
One in command of regularly organized troops or a government base.

Lucky Bag
Lost-and-found bag.

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M

Marine Bible
Marine Guidebook-i.e. Young Marines Guidebook

Mess Hall
Dining Hall or Dining Room.

Morning Colors
Ceremony of raising the flag at sunrise.

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N

Navy Regs
Articles approved by Act of Congress and thus made into the
regulations governing the Navy.

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O

Overhead
Ceiling

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P

Pass
Written authority from proper official or NCO permitting one to leave
his or her duty post or station between certain hours or for a weekend.

Passageway
Door or Corridor

Pogey Bait
Candy,cookies.

Pipedown
Quiet!

Police
To straighten up or to tidy up.
Port
Left side (as you face the front).

P.T.
Physical Training

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R

Rack
Bed

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S

Scosh
In short supply-small.

Scuttlebutt
Gossip or water fountain.

Secure
To stop work. Knock it off. Stop

Semper Fidelis
Always Faithful

Ship Out
To change duty station. Recruits are "are shipped out" as soon
they are processed.

Ship Over
Re enlist.

Ship's Services
Commissary,theater,beauty shop,etc..on ship or at a post station where
service personnel can obtain goods or service at lower prices.

Shove Off
A command to a boat crew;used generally for "get lost"(as in,"get away
from here")

Sick Bay
Hospital or dispensary.

Skivvies
Underware

Skipper
Commanding Officer

Skylark
Goof-off;to loiter.

Smoking Lamp
Term carried over from days of sailing ships when used on shipboard.
Smoking Lamps were available to light pipes,when they were put out,
that was the end of smoking.

Squared Away
To straighten, make ship-shape,or get settled.To inform or admonish
someone in an abrupt manner.

Stand By
A preparatory command-means prepare to execute.As in "Stand by to repel
boarders"or "Stand by to receive visitors."All hands stay in immediate area
ready for the second part of command.

Starboard
Right Side

Station
Place of assigned work or your general duty area

Stern
The blunt end (rear)of a ship

Stow
To place in receptacle for storage;to pack

Stow
Room or place of storage;storeroom

Swab
A mop.

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T

Topside
Upstairs;upper deck.

Turn To
Begin work;get started.

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U

Uncover
Remove headgear.

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W

Watch
The lookout or sentry,also the period of duty time,generally hours
on shipboard,when one portion of a ships crew is taking turns with another.

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