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In my Navy days, we called them Skates. There might have been less politically correct names, too, that's just the one I recall being used the most.

That's an interesting one. Any etymology behind it? (actual or apocryphal?)

 

Because they skated by and didn't do their share of work.

 

Yep that's the reason.

 

Some other phases are "elfbags get the good deal".  Due to their proven ability to not accomplish anything requiring any effort, they typically get "easy" stuff to do, while those with proven ability get the harder jobs.  I tried to avoid it whenever possible, but sometime it had to happen.  Like when you had a guy do something stupid and get disqualified a watch, you made him a duty driver for the liberty port.  I just made sure to run them ragged and work on getting re-qualified on their "off-time".

 

Blue Falcon I hadn't hear until LK brought it up here.  On subs we didn't bother with the euphemism.  We don't much care about hurting peoples feeling.  Other sub specific names: FLOB (free loading oxygen breather), NUB (Non-Useful Body; that usually stands for someone knew that hasn't learned anything yet or unqualified, but can be use for someone who doesn't pull their weight.  No Load (someone who doesn't help out/do their job).  Sand Crab (someone who misses multiple underways for various reasons; schools, family issues, medical issues.  One here or there isn't bad, but missing a whole deployment? Not appreciated).  Scammer (those who scam out of work).

 

I'll add more as they come to me.

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there were also the "Sick, Lame, & Lazy", the guys that always were going on sick call instead of what ever the rest of us were doing...

'Slackers' was popular as well.

We also used 'Skaters' in the Army....

 

A lot of the time as well, if you did have one of these guys, their name would linger on in company lore, and you would get called by their name if you were slacking off.

It would confuse the Hades out of you when you first got to a unit, and didn't know the tradition....

 

George

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Haha the good ol' blue falcon, cacaw!  cacaw!   Shammers, sick call rangers, profile warriors...  We had one kid that, I swear, every time a detail came up, it just happened to coincide with a time he needed to go see the chaplain.  Specialists (E-4) often master the art of shamming by passing the buck onto their lower ranking peers, thus the affectionately dubbed "sham shield" (the rank insignia for specialist resembles a shield).

 

George, that's too funny.  I can't remember any specific instances of that, although I do remember one guy's last name became synonymous with bowel movement, as in "I gotta go take a (insert last name)".

 

Wow, lots of Navy representation!  Any more love for the Army besides Knarthex?

 

 

 

"Can't do it sarn't, I got an appointment!"

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We got some words in the Netherlands ( Air Force) however, maybe if someone understands it I get either mod batted or sent to Beekeepers.

You call the lazy people Air Force in the Netherlands?  Dang, I thought the other Armed Forces liked to rib the USAF, but you guys consider it an actual pejorative?  :poke:  :lol:

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In my Navy days, we called them Skates. There might have been less politically correct names, too, that's just the one I recall being used the most.

That's an interesting one. Any etymology behind it? (actual or apocryphal?)

 

Because they skated by and didn't do their share of work.

 

That's my understanding as well.
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We got some words in the Netherlands ( Air Force) however, maybe if someone understands it I get either mod batted or sent to Beekeepers.

You call the lazy people Air Force in the Netherlands?  Dang, I thought the other Armed Forces liked to rib the USAF, but you guys consider it an actual pejorative?   :poke:   :lol:

 

I've seen the Dutch Air Force...

Well, some of it.

They sent a contingent of F-16s and support crews to an FWIT in Norway once.

Nice chaps, always smiling, but didn't exactly fill me with confidence.

Of course, that was more than 2 decades ago now, so that's probably to be considerd 'outdated intel'.

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We got some words in the Netherlands ( Air Force) however, maybe if someone understands it I get either mod batted or sent to Beekeepers.

You call the lazy people Air Force in the Netherlands?  Dang, I thought the other Armed Forces liked to rib the USAF, but you guys consider it an actual pejorative?   :poke:   :lol:

 

 

 

You know what I meant ( Insert Homer Simpson voice) You Little....

 

 

 

We got some words in the Netherlands ( Air Force) however, maybe if someone understands it I get either mod batted or sent to Beekeepers.

You call the lazy people Air Force in the Netherlands?  Dang, I thought the other Armed Forces liked to rib the USAF, but you guys consider it an actual pejorative?   :poke:   :lol:

 

I've seen the Dutch Air Force...

Well, some of it.

They sent a contingent of F-16s and support crews to an FWIT in Norway once.

Nice chaps, always smiling, but didn't exactly fill me with confidence.

Of course, that was more than 2 decades ago now, so that's probably to be considerd 'outdated intel'.

 

 

We are very good in letting everyone think we are harmless :ph34r:

In the meantime there a lot of ISIS members who are now not dangerous anymore...

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to go off on a tangent here there are some army terms for non-combat arms folks as well.  POG (person otherthan grunt), chairborne rangers, powerpoint rangers for the staff types

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We have some pretty mean terms for civilian employees.

 

Some for female soldiers.

 

I do not condone all, mind you!!!

 

I just can't put them in here, because we are using very adult terms..

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We got some words in the Netherlands ( Air Force) however, maybe if someone understands it I get either mod batted or sent to Beekeepers.

You call the lazy people Air Force in the Netherlands?  Dang, I thought the other Armed Forces liked to rib the USAF, but you guys consider it an actual pejorative?   :poke:   :lol:

 

Thanks for that Quik!

 

I fell out of my chair laughing~!

 

And yeah, we always ribbed the Chair Force guys....

 

After all, we did kick them out in 1947, they were dragging down our image.....

And MAJORLY inflating the rank structure!

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to go off on a tangent here there are some army terms for non-combat arms folks as well.  POG (person otherthan grunt), chairborne rangers, powerpoint rangers for the staff types

Well yeah, everybody has a nickname of some sort, as a rule....

I mean to us Tankers, the Infantry guys were 'Crunchies, or Track Grease'....

 

We of course were called D.A.T.s, and Later C.D.A.T.s

 

Dumb Elf Tankers, and when the Abrams came along, Computerised Dumb Elf Tankers....

 

You PBI still call us that Wargammer?

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I'm actually Logistic guy, troubleshooter..

 

Any problems with the normal supply line, I will get it for you through all means necessary.

 

You cannot fly without supply!

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I'm familiar with the term poor bloody infantry

 

 

my active duty time ended back in the 80's and I had heard DAT and CDAT. I'm not sure if either are still in use

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The Air Force typically only needs one term for soldiers, sailors, and marines: targets. The only real issue is how dispersed they are, which is primarily an ordnance-choice issue.

 

:devil:

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I'm actually Logistic guy, troubleshooter..

 

Any problems with the normal supply line, I will get it for you through all means necessary.

 

You cannot fly without supply!

In the Army, Bn S4 (logistics) we called that "The Midnight Requisition"....

 

I'm familiar with the term poor bloody infantry

 

 

my active duty time ended back in the 80's and I had heard DAT and CDAT. I'm not sure if either are still in use

Yeah. my active time ended in 88 before all the new toys got added to the Abrams....

From what I have seen about the A2s, it does everything for you but cook breakfast!

 

I just got the chance to pick up one of the new M4 carbines the other night, that had all the bells and whistles on it...

Was heavier than a regular M16 from back in the day, and very front heavy....

 

The Air Force typically only needs one term for soldiers, sailors, and marines: targets. The only real issue is how dispersed they are, which is primarily an ordnance-choice issue.

 

:devil:

Yeah that's what they used to call us when they still had A-10s and C-130 Specters, as AFIK, there are no dedicated ground attack aircraft in the USAF inventory anymore....

 

George

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