This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "List of United States Marine Corps acronyms and expressions" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (October 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

This is a list of acronyms, expressions, euphemisms, jargon, military slang, and sayings in common or formerly common use in the United States Marine Corps. Many of the words or phrases have varying levels of acceptance among different units or communities, and some also have varying levels of appropriateness (usually dependent on how senior the user is in rank). Many terms also have equivalents among other service branches that are not acceptable among Marines, but are comparable in meaning. Many acronyms and terms have come into common use from voice procedure use over communication channels, translated into the phonetic alphabet, or both. Many are or derive from nautical terms and other naval terminology. Most vehicles and aircraft have a formal acronym or an informal nickname; those are detailed in their own articles.

The scope of this list is to include words and phrases that are unique to or predominantly used by the Marine Corps or the United States Naval Service. Recent joint operations have allowed terms from other military services to leak into the USMC lexicon, but can be found with their originating service's slang list, see the "See also" section.

0–9

Marine wearing 782 gear
Marine wearing 782 gear

A

ALICE equipment
ALICE equipment

B

bag nasty, breakfast version
bag nasty, breakfast version
BCGs
The first thing a recruit sees at boot camp
The first thing a recruit sees at boot camp

C

A single chevron
A single chevron

D

Devil Dog
DI
DI

Reconnaissance community.[55]

E

EGA
EGA

F

AH-1W Cobras at a FARP during Op Iraqi Freedom
AH-1W Cobras at a FARP during Op Iraqi Freedom
field stripped M16
field stripped M16
fifty-cal

G

Gunny

H

half-mast
Top-down view through the "hell-hole"
Top-down view through the "hell-hole"

I

J

John Wayne

K

KA-BAR

L

1st Lt (left) and Chief Warrant Officer 3 (right) insignias

M

Master Guns
MOPP equipment
MOPP equipment

N

NCIS logo
NCIS logo

O

OCS logo
OCS logo

P

padre conducting mass
padre conducting mass
pogey rope

Q

ship defined as "the part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one. Usually reserved for ship's officers, guests, and passengers."

R

4th Force Reconnaissance Company insignia, colloquially known as a "Recon Jack"
4th Force Reconnaissance Company insignia, colloquially known as a "Recon Jack"

S

Peter Pace's salad
recruits wearing skivvies
recruits wearing skivvies

T

Thousand-yard stare

U

utilities

V

W

Y

YAT-YAS on the tracks museum
YAT-YAS on the tracks museum

Z

See also

References

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

  1. ^ "Ship's Bell". National Maritime Museum. Archived from the original on 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  2. ^ above my pay grade by Don Surber Archived September 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Metzger, E.: History Of The Development Of The LINCLOE Load-Carrying Equipment, July 1975
  4. ^ as you were on answers.com
  5. ^ "As you were", "As we were" on phrases.org.uk
  6. ^ Sledge, E. B. With the Old Breed, 1981 (New York: Ballantine Books, 2007), p. 37.
  7. ^ "Online Etymology Dictionary". Etymonline.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  8. ^ by the numbers on Merriam-Webster OnLine
  9. ^ Forum. "Military Jargon, Lingo, & Slang | Share Your Military Jargon Today". www.vetfriends.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  10. ^ BB stacker on Answers.com
  11. ^ BEQ on TheFreeDictionary.com
  12. ^ Knight, Glenn B. "Unofficial, Unabridged Dictionary For Marines – An attempt to capture the lexicon of the United States Marine Corps". 4mermarine.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  13. ^ BOQ on YourDictionary.com
  14. ^ BOQ on TheFreeDictionary.com
  15. ^ Geary, Steve (August 2008). "Snake Eater to Box Kicker". DC VELOCITY. Agile Business Media, LLC. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved 2008-11-11. Alt URL
  16. ^ a b "Military Jargon, Lingo, & Slang | Share Your Military Jargon Today". www.vetfriends.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  17. ^ brain housing group on Answers.com
  18. ^ brig rat on Jargon Database.com
  19. ^ brightwork on YourDictionary.com
  20. ^ Forum. "Military Jargon, Lingo, & Slang | Share Your Military Jargon Today". www.vetfriends.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  21. ^ brown bag on Answers.com
  22. ^ Knight, Glenn B. "Unofficial, Unabridged Dictionary For Marines – An attempt to capturethe lexicon of the United States Marine Corps". 4mermarine.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  23. ^ a b c d e Swofford, Anthony (4 March 2003). Jarhead. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-5428-7.
  24. ^ bum scoop on Answers.com
  25. ^ butt pack on TheFreeDictionary.com
  26. ^ by your leave on Answers.com
  27. ^ Casualty Assistance Calls Officer[permanent dead link] on usmc.mil
  28. ^ CACO on TheFreeDictionary.com
  29. ^ cammie on Answers.com
  30. ^ cannon cocker on Answers.com
  31. ^ Canoe U on Answers.com
  32. ^ captain's mast on TheFreeDictionary.com
  33. ^ CASEVAC on Answers.com
  34. ^ casual company or platoon on Answers.com
  35. ^ CAX on GlobalSecurity.org
  36. ^ CCU on TheFreeDictionary.com
  37. ^ "Correctional Custody Unit begins Day One". Marine Corps Air Station Miramar public affairs. United States Marine Corps. 2000-10-13. Archived from the original on 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  38. ^ chairborne Archived 2008-04-21 at the Wayback Machine on Encarta. [1] 2009-10-31.
  39. ^ brig chaser on Answers.com
  40. ^ chit on Reference.com
  41. ^ "CIF online". Usmccif.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  42. ^ civvies on Merriam-Webster online
  43. ^ civvies on TheFreeDictionary.com
  44. ^ civvies on YourDictionary.com
  45. ^ CMC on TheFreeDictionary.com
  46. ^ corpsman on About.com
  47. ^ cover and alignment on Kent State University ROTC
  48. ^ cumshaw on Answers.com
  49. ^ Stout, Jay A. (2006). Hammer from Above: Marine Air Combat Over Iraq. Presidio Press. ISBN 9780307530325.
  50. ^ Mehringer, MSgt Phil. "Memorial Day, Belleau Wood Style". United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2011-01-21.
  51. ^ Flippo, Hyde. "German Myth 13: Teufelshunde – Devil Dogs". About.com.
  52. ^ ((cite web|url=http://www.stripes.com/blogs/the-rumor-doctor/the-rumor-doctor-1.104348/did-marines-not-german-soldiers-coin-the-phrase-devil-dogs-1.130602#|title=Did Marines, not German soldiers, coin the phrase ‘Devil Dogs’?|last=Schogol|first=Jeff|date=January 4, 2011|publisher=Stars and Stripes|access-date=27 January 2011))
  53. ^ Individual drill on About.com
  54. ^ close order drill on Encyclopædia Britannica
  55. ^ Melson, Charles D. Marine Recon 1940–90 (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 1994, reprinted 2003), p. 26.
  56. ^ Tregaskis, Richard. Guadalcanal Diary (Garden City, New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1943), 16.
  57. ^ "five jump chump". Pnwjagatbragg.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  58. ^ "The Good Military Food Fight".
  59. ^ Military Abbreviations, Nicknames and Slang Terms on MaritimeQuest.com
  60. ^ option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=122 Military Slang Archived 2009-02-04 at the Wayback Machine on BearWatch.net
  61. ^ gaff off on Online Slang Dictionary
  62. ^ l=en&base=amslang&page=showid&id=3848 gaff off on Dictionary of American Slang
  63. ^ geedunk Archived September 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine on stupidquestions.net
  64. ^ GI shower on Answers.com
  65. ^ Goa-rope on Double-Tongued Dictionary
  66. ^ good to go on TheFreeDictionary.com
  67. ^ Tregaskis, Guadalcanal Diary, 113.
  68. ^ "APECS data sheet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  69. ^ grinder on Answers.com
  70. ^ Training presentation for ground guiding[permanent dead link]
  71. ^ GT Score on blurtit.com
  72. ^ guidon on Reference.com
  73. ^ gunny on Answers.com
  74. ^ gyrene on Merriam-Webster online
  75. ^ gyrene on TheFreeDictionary.com
  76. ^ Tomajczyk, Stephen F. (2004). To Be a U.S. Marine. Zenith Imprint. p. 41. ISBN 0-7603-1788-7.
  77. ^ DI and Incentive Training Archived 2006-01-13 at the Wayback Machine on Marines.cc
  78. ^ incentive training on Internet FAQ Consortium
  79. ^ Lance Corporal of Marines Association Archived 2008-08-02 at the Wayback Machine
  80. ^ Lance Corporal Underground on leatherneck.com
  81. ^ Alan C. Miller & Kevin Sack (December 15, 2002). "Far From Battlefield, Marines Lose One-Third of Harrier Fleet". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
  82. ^ leggings on Answers.com
  83. ^ lipstick lieutenant on Answers.com
  84. ^ midrats on Answers.com
  85. ^ Non Mission Capable Internet Archived December 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  86. ^ Boghie (2006-03-21). "Non Mission Capable Internet". Boghieonyoursix.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  87. ^ "Marine Corps Uniforms". Marine For Life. Archived from the original on 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  88. ^ BLANKET SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR RANGES Archived 2011-09-26 at the Wayback Machine by Camp Lejeune Weapons and Training Battalion
  89. ^ SAFE on TheFreeDictionary.com
  90. ^ Definition of scuttlebutt from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Retrieved 2008-03-16
  91. ^ "Naval Historical Center: Nautical Terms and Phrases". History.navy.mil. 2005-05-05. Archived from the original on 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  92. ^ Sledge, E. B. With the Old Breed, 1981 (New York: Ballantine Books, 2007), p. 17.
  93. ^ Terminal Lance webcomic by LCpl Maximilian Uriarte
  94. ^ Sanborn, James K. (Mar 26, 2010). "Caustic comic strip lances enlisted life". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  95. ^ Walking John recruiting poster on Bluejacket.com
  96. ^ Walking John recruiting poster on Liveauctioneers.com
  97. ^ wetting down example with further references
  98. ^ forum. "Page 34 Military Jargon, Lingo, & Slang | Share Your Military Jargon Today". www.vetfriends.com. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  99. ^ Cooper, Charles G.; Richard E. Goodspeed (2002). "Chapter 4". Cheers and Tears. Trafford Publishing. p. 25. ISBN 1-55369-882-7. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  100. ^ Gilbert, Ed; Howard Gerrard (2004). "Belief and Belonging". Us Marine Corps Tank Crewman, 1965–70: Vietnam. Osprey Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 1-84176-718-2. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  101. ^ zoomie on Answers.com

Web

Books