#RedFriday: More Military Jargon

Chief Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical)  (Sel.) William Toten assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) holds his new baby for the first time after a two-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Glenn S. Robertson/Released)

Chief Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) (Sel.) William Toten assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) holds his new baby for the first time after a two-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Glenn S. Robertson/Released)

Beach Pounder: A Marine (cf. Ground Pounder = soldier). Coast Guard: Shoreline foot patrol (archaic/WWII); lived on in expression: “Pound sand!” for “Get lost.”

Benny: A treat or reward, derived from “Benefit”.

Benny Suggs: The Navy’s Beneficial Suggestions program, a method where DON employees, and Navy and Marine personnel can make suggestions to improve various programs and operations.

Mail Buoy: A fictitious buoy that mail for a ship is left on. Usually new sailors are given a mail buoy watch for the entertainment of the more seasoned sailors.

Roach Coach: “Geedunk” on wheels. Mobile cafeteria van, often seen when on det to another base.

Just for MARINES…

Butt Kit: Ash tray. Often a #10 tin can filled with dirt or sand.

Butter Bar: Second lieutenant or ensign, from the gold color of their rank insignia. A pejorative term.

Buy The Farm: Killed.

On the Web: #MilitaryMonday: Military Jargon You Can (Almost) Use As Everyday Slang

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