Learn to Speak Marine

We’re wrapping up our time in Quantico at the Modern Day Marine Military Expo, the world’s largest military exposition. MCB Quantico is home to both the Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps System Command, and is responsible for developing and purchasing the important systems, services and equipment the Marine Corps will rely on both now and in the future.

With so much at stake for the Armed Forces stationed around the world, exhibitors showcase highly sophisticated products and equipment throughout the week – and that includes us too. Climashield® has a long history of developing custom insulation that measures up to the extreme conditions our men and women in uniform face every day. In fact, when it comes to sleeping bags and cold weather gear, Climashield® Combat insulation performs exceptionally in both tactical and military applications, boasting a low packing volume, high durability and steadfast warmth even in wet conditions. 

Although the three-day event is closed to the public, Modern Day Marine gives us a chance to talk to the men and women who use our gear in the field. And with so many Marines walking the exhibition floor, we heard a lot of military jargon this week, a lot of which we wouldn’t even understand.

Here’s some tips on understanding Marine speak: 

Oohrah – Marine cry, an expression of enthusiasm, sometimes used as a greeting or term of agreement. Shortened versions include “rah,” “rah!” or “rah?” 

Semper Gumby  – Sure, most people are familiar with the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” (Latin for “Always Faithful”). Semper Gumby is a little less formal, and roughly translates to “Always Flexible.” This applies in situations when Marines may be told to do one thing, then another, then return to the first thing, then stand by, and on and on and on. It’s a zen approach to rolling with whatever the Corps can throw at you.

Boondoggle – A trip on government time and/or expense that has no purpose other than to entertain the person making it.

Scuttlebutt – This has two definitions; 1 – gossip, as in “don’t be doing no scuttlebutting,” or 2 – a drinking fountain. How these two dissimilar items came to be called by the same word, we’ll never know.

Boot – A recruit fresh out of basic training, or anyone who has yet to go on deployment.

FUBAR – Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition.

Go-Fasters – Running shoes or sneakers, named simply because they are much faster to move in than boots.

Schmuckatelli – Generic term for a screw-up, as in someone who’s always late or gets in trouble.

Inkstick – Pen.

Leadstick – Pencil.

Moonbeam – Flashlight.

Bug Juice – Insect repellent.

Field Day – Night of the week in which Marines must clean the barracks from top to bottom, including moving furniture, scrubbing and waxing floors, etc.

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