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wasta

wasta  n.—Gloss: the Arabic word for influence, personal connections; “pull” or “juice.” Note: While not yet fully adopted as an English word, wasta is increasingly familiar to American soldiers serving in the Middle...

A and A

A and A  n.— «The other two A and As—U.S. Army slang for Afghan army soldiers—hit the deck directly in front of the Humvee and quickly bring their rifles up to the prone position.» —“Next Stop Kandahar” by Mark...

suspense

suspense  adj.— «Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Army’s term for a deadline is a “suspense,” sometimes abbreviated simply “S:” and followed by a date. The first time I was told that I had to “meet a suspense,” I didn’t know where to...

mommy factor

mommy factor  n.— «With U.S. soldiers and Marines now serving 15-month combat tours, with casualties on the increase, and with deployments to a combat zone a virtual certainty for new soldiers, military experts blame the “Mommy...

shorty

shorty  n.— «Andrew returned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to be fitted for his first prostheses. These “stubbies” or “shorties,” as they are called, are only about a foot in length and are...

medvol

medvol  n.— «The enlisted soldiers were told they were volunteering for a program that was “completely safe” so safe that in fact the Army would not be doing any type of medical follow up. That we were testing equipment and...

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