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Marine Slang To Learn If You Don't Want To Be A 'Squid'

Updated August 22, 2019 33.7k views20 items
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Falling under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy, the United States Marine Corps has conducted land and sea operations since the American Revolution. As one of the four branches of the military, the Marine Corps works alongside the Navy, Army, and Air Force; distinguishing itself from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.

The Marine Corps has a language, culture, and heritage all its own, from acronyms to skin art. If you're looking to join the Marines and become a jarhead (as opposed to a squid), you're going to want to learn some Marine lingo. Whether you're a boot or the Grand Old Man of the Marine Corp, there are a bunch of Marine terms you can try out at the squad bay.

  • Grand Old Man Of The Marine Corps

    Meaning: Refers to Archibald Henderson (d. 1859), the fifth Commandant of the Marine Corps, who served for 54 years (38 years as Commandant). The term is often used to jibe the oldest man in a unit. 

    Use It In A Sentence: "He may be the Grand Old Man of the Marine Corps, but he's still a hard charger (motivated Marine)."

  • Gedunk

    Meaning: Sweets or a candy store.

    Use It In A Sentence: "When they were on leave, the Marines got some pogey bait (another term for sweets) at the gedunk." 

  • Maggie's Drawers

    Meaning: A red flag or red disc displayed at a target range to indicate a miss.

    Use It In A Sentence: "The non-qual (Marine who failed to qualify on the target range) got Maggie's drawers on his first five shots."


    Meaning: Suck it the f*ck up. Used to stop a Marine from complaining.

    Use It In A Sentence: "Hey Marine, SITFU!"