Posted on Jul 19, 2017
PO2 Richard C.
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An American Legion friend of mine gets very upset when a non-vet civilian refers to a veteran by a service nickname, i.e. swabbie, squid, grunt, weekend warrior, puddle-jumper, fly-boy, etc. He tells them in no uncertain terms they have not earned the right to call veterans or service members anything but what they are. That the nicknames are a sign of military comradeship among the services.
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LtCol Robert Quinter
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I can't get upset by a lifelong civilian calling me a Jarhead, Rotorhead, or any other of the nicknames that have been assigned to Marines over the years. As much as many of us hate to admit it, from the civilian world we came and, for the most part, will eventually return. At best, it shows they were interested enough in us to learn the terms, and at worst, they are civilians without the advantage of our advanced education and should be pitied, not lambasted.
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PO2 Richard C.
PO2 Richard C.
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SPC Jon O. - Never considered the movie part. Definite possibility.
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SPC Jon O.
SPC Jon O.
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Sad to say but I think that's how most of our younger folks learn about military history. There's a thought for you, Hollywood teaching military history!!! That's funny!
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SGT Trace Gilbert
SGT Trace Gilbert
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Vets will never return to the civillian world
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1SG David Spalding
1SG David Spalding
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One term that I've never been called by a non-Vet is "Grunt". So I enjoy it more. Try to explain GRUNT to a civilian and see how quickly they forget, or don't grasp it at all.
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SSG Carlos M.
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They certainly don't sound right coming from a civilian and I kind of give them the "ooookkkay buddy" look, but I wouldn't get butt hurt about it either. It's mostly just awkward.
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PO2 Richard C.
PO2 Richard C.
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That's generally my feeling, too, but my Legionnaire friend almost goes off the deep end. Curious if anyone else has similar reactions.
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SN Greg Wright
SN Greg Wright
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I'm in the same boat.
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SGT James (Jimmy) Crone
SGT James (Jimmy) Crone
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It doesn't make me mad like you said just a bit awkward
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SSgt Gary Andrews
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I answer to anything that smacks of being a Marine......my grandfather called me "gyrene".......been called a jarhead, a leatherneck, a sea going bellhop, a grunt, and one of Uncle Sams Misguided Children. I'm ok with any of these, as long as they aren't said with attitude.
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PO2 Richard C.
PO2 Richard C.
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I've found that a lot of Marines feel pretty much the same way. Each nickname for a Marine has its own significance, and many seem to consider it almost an honor to be recognized that way (except for maybe sea-going bellhop. I don't think that goes over well from a squid).
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LtCol George Carlson
LtCol George Carlson
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With two grandfathers who were Army, a father who was Navy, and an uncle who was Army Air Corps/Force I heard them all before I was even commissioned. My favorite was my uncle's term -- Bulgarian Balloon Corps.
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SSgt Boyd Herrst
SSgt Boyd Herrst
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A positive ‘tude I can accept..
SSGT. Gary Anderson.
Like when Someone calls me
“AIRMAN”. Just be positive !
All I ask ! I can deal with that
Negatives :I try to hold the ‘butthurt’ and not let it show.
‘Cause it’s showing they got
To me in a negative manner. and they won.
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SSgt Gary Andrews Leatherneck is a term of respect. Jarhead, not so much so. Lol!
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