In THE OLDEN DAYS… The other branches called us, generically, Squids – But I recall terms we used in The Navy to refer to our fellow sailors. NOT PC.
I’m gonna share the ones I can remember:
Airdale: Someone who plays with aircraft and inhales jet exhaust with a smile.
Bubblehead: A submariner – NEVER a sub mariner.
Radarman: Scope dope.
Gunners Mate: Gun Bunny.
Them that kept us moving and kept the lights on, etc.: Snipes.
Pond Scum: Surface sailors collectively – according to the Bubbleheads.
Kinda wonder how the other branches referred to themselves.
So with no acronyms and/or numbers, please, offer the friendly terms you all used to refer to your fellow service members. Keep in mind that I’m including The Navy here. I certainly don’t remember them all… anyway the ones I DO remember are from near 50 years ago.
The Marines and Army types were collectively “Grunts” to most of us, as I recall, so now you can set the record straight.
One I DO recall is “Redlegs” for artillery – There is some historical basis for that one.
Anyway, fill in the blanks…