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augmentee

augmentee  n.— «The transferred personnel are called “augmentees” in Pentagonese. According to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, the Navy is putting about 10,000 personnel—from enlisted through officer ranks up to...

wig-wag

wig-wag n. a rapidly alternating or strobing warning light. Also attributive. Editorial Note: Often plural, since the lights are rarely used singly. Semaphore flags have long been called “wig-wags” in the Navy, Marines, and other...

Dust Off

Dust Off  n.— «The 57th had worked without a tactical call sign, simply using “Army” and the tail number of the aircraft.…Major [Lloyd E.] Spencer decided that this slapdash system had to go. In Saigon he visited Navy...

supermanning

supermanning  n.— «The Navy said Thursday a Texas-based helicopter crewman who fell to his death in October was performing a stunt called “Supermanning.” The stunt involved hanging from an open cargo door and letting the rushing wind “fly”...

dirt Navy

dirt Navy  n.— «I’m not likely to end up back on a ship anytime soon (if ever).…You could say I’ve gone from the “blue-water” Navy to the “dirt” Navy—or the “sand” Navy in this case.» —“Looks...

dirt Navy

dirt Navy  n.— «Your now part of the Dirt Navy. You can pack and store your Dungres and your working uniforms. Its time to break out the Cammies and eight point covers.» —“NJP Captains Mast moving to the reserve” by...