Military Terms/Marine Jargon
Loose from towline or moorings;scattered about;not in proper stowage.
As You Were
Cancel previous command.
I have received,understood and will obey.
At,in,or toward the stern(rear)
All members or a command.
Any place outside of a Naval or Marine Corps reservation.
Batten the Hatch
Make it tight or secure,as against a storm.
Cancel previous command.
The front portion of a ship.
Take out of stock or storage; to prepare for use.
A place of confinement;a prison.
Office hours,time for discipline,complaints.
Field head usually dug 1-foot wide and 1-foot deep.
One who much enjoys eating.
Clear the area by rearranging furniture,etc..to make way for a difference
Esprit de Corps
Readiness for action and courage.
Ceremony of lowering the flag at sundown.
The main deck of a ship at the stern.
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).
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.
Shipboard kitchen;Kitchen of a messhall;mobile field mess.
An opening in the rail giving access to the ship.A command announcement
stand aside to let someone through.
Personal belongings,also equipment or tools.
Government Issue,To clean thoroughly,sharp appearance,real neat.
Also,a "G.I. Can" is a container to hold trash.
A popular duty station,a popular work assignment.
"Can Do!" (or,we can do it together!)
Bathroom or washroom.
A storm time."heavy weather ahead",to warn someone of danger or
String or thread hanging from a garment.
Absence from duty on written authority or period than on a pass and
permitting one to go to distant points.
One in command of regularly organized troops or a government base.
Marine Guidebook-i.e. Young Marines Guidebook
Dining Hall or Dining Room.
Ceremony of raising the flag at sunrise.
Articles approved by Act of Congress and thus made into the
regulations governing the Navy.
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.
Door or Corridor
To straighten up or to tidy up.
Left side (as you face the front).
In short supply-small.
Gossip or water fountain.
To stop work. Knock it off. Stop
To change duty station. Recruits are "are shipped out" as soon
they are processed.
Commissary,theater,beauty shop,etc..on ship or at a post station where
service personnel can obtain goods or service at lower prices.
A command to a boat crew;used generally for "get lost"(as in,"get away
Hospital or dispensary.
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.
To straighten, make ship-shape,or get settled.To inform or admonish
someone in an abrupt manner.
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.
Place of assigned work or your general duty area
The blunt end (rear)of a ship
To place in receptacle for storage;to pack
Room or place of storage;storeroom
Begin work;get started.
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.