Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/29/20: Military Slang, Part III

For this series so far I’ve been generating American military slang which could be used in the modern era. In previous conflicts, however, such slang existed too. Redcoats, as every school child knows (well, those who were alive during the American Bicentennial) was slang for British soldiers in the Revolutionary War, along with the less well-known Lobster or Lobsterback. The Civil War gave us Webfoot (infantryman) while WWI was the origin of terms like Shellshock, Basket Case, Cooties, and Strafe.

Like all my names these are free to use or inspire.


Military Slang, Part III

Rooster: A watch/watchman to a private’s room
Rotorhead’s Drilling Hat: A hat worn by a military mechanic in the Middle East
Russ: A term of endearment for a male Marine, or anyone having a pasty white body.  Try to run a last mile in any marine’s gear and the room is over half occupied by these sorts.

Set Up: An advanced landing stage on the fly boat
Slinky: A cigarette
Spider: A U.S. Army/Army Reserve Parachute who is training to become a Navy Diver
Spock-Turret: A turret that fires directly downwards
Starmaker: A ship with thatch and up to eighteen sailors
Stinger: A flight helmet in the shape of a snake
Storger: A civilian helicopter crew member
Success Crew: All-male private military company headquartered in Bahrain
Superman: A U.S. Navy Seaman
Swamp Rat: A gunner on an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter. Also “Slooty Roboto”
Tae Kai – A Marine stationed overseas in Japan
Tommy East: Term referring to Blackhole (known as “TJ”) training
Trinity (Flying Half Hearted): When a pilot lets himself get distracted by far more important matters than his plane
Tristar: When a service member falls victim to the maelstrom of insanity
Turkman: A Petty Officer Second Class
Twist and Clutch: A wind-cleared maneuver developed by the Navy where the boat kicks hard in front of the wind to generate a large swell and then swings out to the opposing side.
Tyke: A sailor who repairs electronics.

Urban Footwear: A term used by sailors to refer to athletic shoes

UDA: Unintentional Disposal Association
UP Horn: The ship’s band made up of the flute and trumpet section

Vidinator: A pilot who oversees a restricted area

Wag-Tag: Another name for an aircraft carrier
Wankee: Delta uniform
Windmill: The Marine Corps run.  Less a fart than a speed humerus.

Yardrunner: Soldiers who have completed a challenging training regimen

Zoo Hundred: Usually shouted by a crew on an errand


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