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Navy Nuke Terms.
« on: Nov 23, 2010, 09:51 »
0'dark hundred: Pronounced "oh dark". Referring to some point really early in the morning. This term is typically used in mockery of Hollywood actors who pronounce military time with an "oh" rather than a "zero"--for example "oh-nine-hundred" as opposed to the correct military time: zero-nine-hundred (usually shortened to "zero-nine").
0'dark thirty: one half hour after 0'dark hundred.
10K Evaporator: The best fresh water machine around.  It turns salt water into 10,000 gallons of fresh water in a day.
180° Amnesia: Occurs when the sailor has been deployed and selective memory is desired to deal with questions asked by significant others.
1MC: One of many communication circuits aboard a ship, this is probably the most widely recognized. When used, it is heard on every external speaker by everyone aboard the ship.
1st Division: Division found in most aviation and afloat commands that is responsible for the material condition and cleanliness of the ship. On ships equipped with small boats the "1st" owns these boats and the sailors who maintain and run them. On small boats the "1st" is in charge of Boatswain mates and deck seaman. On larger ships the "1st" may be in charge of air crewmen. Work for 1st division varies among ships depending on size. Small ships only have one division while larger ships like carriers can have up to 5 or more.
2-10-2: Slang referring to a female aboard with a much higher percentage of males when out at sea or deployed who is not very attractive (a 2 on the scale of attractiveness) BUT when on the ship with relatively few females around, they are paid much more attention then they normally would. "she was a 2 before going to sea, a 10 out at sea, and back to a 2 when she returned"
21MC: Ships command intercom circuit, mainly used between the bridge, combat, and flight decks.
2-6-10: A term used to motivate someone that is not pulling their weight, as in: "It's gonna take 2 surgeons 6 hours to remove 10 inches of my boot from your ass."
2JV: Engineering sound-powered circuit.
2MC: Engineering loudspeaker circuit.
4 Acres of Sovereign U.S. Soil: Description of any aircraft carrier.
400 (or 60) Hz Shuffle: The frequency of your body after coming in contact with this electrical source.
4MC: Damage control amplified communication circuit, goes straight to the control room of a submarine, or bridge of a ship.
4MC: Emergency communications circuit that overrides sound powered phone communications to alert controlling stations to a casualty.
5MC: Similar to the 1MC, except that it is only heard on the flight deck of an air-capable ship.
90 Day Wonder: OCS graduate (as opposed to the four years for Naval Academy or ROTC). Also 90 Day Miracle
96er: Five nights and four days off of work due to special liberty or holiday. Also known as an urban legend. Very rarely occurs due to duty.
A School: First school out of Boot Camp.  For a Nuke it will be one of the following: 1) MM (machinist mate) 2) EM (electricians mate) 3) ET (electronics technician).
A tool unauthorized in Reactor spaces that is universally carried by those who work in such spaces.
A.J. Squared Away: a term used to describe a sailor who is always "squared away," meaning always having a perfect shave, perfectly ironed uniform, spit-shined shoes, haircut with less than 1mm of hair, spotless uniform, etc. Anyone who has been designated with this nickname is most likely a lifer who has no life outside the navy. Compare to dirtbag below. The more derogatory "A.J. Squared the freak Away" is often used by those that can't attain high standards.
ABA: Answer By Accident.  On most tests, one must show work so that the instructor/training god/ORSE Examiner/etc. can GFU (grade for understanding).
Abu Dhabi (adj.):(More Common: Hadji) Refers to any product labeled in Arabic aboard a ship, particularly soda cans. "We've been home from cruise for 8 months and we still have Abu Dhabi Cokes in the vending machines!"
Abused Equipment: (As per the Nicknamed: Red Devil Blower) Warranty Void if abused.  When asked the company told the Navy that Abuse - The operation of our equipment by a sailor constitutes abuse.  Great we now have a piece of equipment that was meant to go into explosive environments and evacuate that compartment and it has a VOID warranty to not explode.  Great!
Acey-Deucey Club: Recreational facility serving alcohol for first and second class petty officers. Or a reference to any Enlisted Club that caters mostly to First and Second Class Petty Officers, but still allows all enlisted personel.
Admin Warfare Specialist: Joking, sometimes derisive term for Yeomen, Personnel men or other Navy administrative ratings. Used especially in cases when said sailor does not have a warfare pin.
Admin: Pre-arranged meeting point in-port for carrier pilots.
ADSEP: ADministrative SEParation - basically getting fired from the navy for misconduct.
AEA: Auxilary Electrician Aft (a Nuke EM).  Stands watch in the engine room and roves around the engine room like he owns the place.  Except on my watch station...oh sorry...he can bring you all kinds of goodies to you when you can't leave your watch-station.
A-Farts: slang for American Forces Radio & Television Service. A-Farts is received via satellite all over the world and offers a variety of shows. Some of the most entertaining offerings are the propaganda commercials it frequently airs since regular advertising is not permitted.
AFFF - Aqueous Film Forming Foam. A fire-fighting agent which is mixed with water and sprayed on flammable liquids fires. Pronounced "A triple-F". Aka 'Light Water' for the foam's ability to float on oil or gasoline. Replaced protein foam. Unlike blood-based protein foam, AFFF is self-healing, in that holes in the foam blanket will close by themselves, preventing reflash.
AFRATs: (pronounced A Farts) Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.
Aft: The back of the boat.
A-Gang: The Auxiliaries Division of the Engineering Department. Members known as "A-Gangers." AKA "Fresh Air Snipe"
A-Ganger: Someone you don’t want to make mad at you.  A NON-Nuclear Mechanic that owns the rest of the boat. 
Ahead Flank Liberty: Fictitious speed after a mission or patrol is completed with high marks and ship is headed into very nice foreign ports that cater to visiting US Forces.
Air Boss: Air Officer. His assistant is the "Mini Boss".
Air Ejector: No moving parts.  Uses motive flow to operate.  Turns High Pressure (low volume) into Low Pressure (high volume).  Many uses.
Air Force Gloves: A term describing when a sailor has his hands in his pockets
Air Force Salute: An "I don't know" shrug of the shoulders. Also called an Ensign Salute or Airman salute.
Airedale: A sailor who works on or around aircraft.
Airstart: Any attempt to restart an aircraft's engine(s) after in-flight failure. Also a blowjob.
Airwing: Aviation detachmant on board the ship.
All Ahead Bendix: Beyond maximum possible ship's speed, indicated by engine order telegraph maker "Bendix" label; the position past 'Flank'
Already Broke: USS Arliegh Burke
Aluminum Cloud: slang for the F-14 Tomcat
AMR: Auxiliary Machinery Room.
Anchors and Spurs: Famous dance club at NAVSTA San Diego where many-a lonely Navy wife has broken the seventh commandment. Many sailors find this amusing until it happens to them.
Angles and Dangles: (Submarine Service) Placing the boat in crazy angles and positions soon after leaving port, to see whether anything breaks loose. Similar consequence noises while on patrol are not desired.
Angles and Dangles: You'll love being a submariner just because of these maneuvers.  Pitches and Rolls about the ship's axis's.
Another Fine Navy Day!: An expression voiced (in a very sarcastic cheery manner) on occasions when, in fact, it's not that much of a Fine Navy Day at all.
Anymouse: Slang for anonymous. Safety system where sailors can drop an anonymous recommendation into a locked box.
AOL: Absent Over Leave; Navyspeak for AWOL. See UA, the Sailors preferred usage.
AOM: All Officers Meeting, held for a variety of reasons like training, port calls, mess issues, etc...
Are you sure about that?: This is going to be asked at every check-out whether or not you got the question right.  You ought to see the looks on the students face after this question is asked for the first time.  And, even better is when they change the correct answer and replace it with an incorrect answer.  Classic!
Armpit of the Med: Naples, Italy. Slang term used to describe Naples, Italy due to its unique smell, and the overall cleanliness of the city.
ASAP: As Soon As Possible. Usually spoken as a word, "A-sap," the first ‘a’ given the long sound.
ASH Receiver - aka, an "ash tray" also used as a joke to newbie sailors to send them out all over base to locate an ASH Receiver, done typically to those in I level AIMD Avionics.
ASMO: ASsignment Memorandum Orders. Mostly issued in boot camp to set a recruit back in training due to poor performance.
ASVAB: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test.  aka Military aptitude test.
ASW: Anti-Submarine Warfare.
ASW: Auxilary Sea Water.
ATFQ: Answer the Freak'in Question.  You'll see this on your tests when don't answer the question asked of you.
AWOL: Absent Without Official Leave
Aye, aye: Yes (I heard the order, I understand the order, and I intend to obey the order). "I understand and I will comply."
Aye: Yes (I understand)
B1RD: Bravo One Romeo Delta, AKA "bird".
Baboon Ass: Nickname for corned beef, based on color and flavor.
Baby Birdfarm: An Iwo Jima-Class helicopter carrier.
Back Alley: Card game of trump played by 2 to 4 players (mostly "snipes"). Players are first dealt 1 card each then 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13, 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Players bid on the number of tricks to be taken, trump is determined by draw. Score is kept by awarding 3 points for bids made and taken and 1 point for each additional trick. A player unable to make their bid goes set 3 X the bid. Game can be played by partners.
Bag Nasty: A pre-packaged bag lunch usually consisting of a cold cut sandwich, piece of fruit, and juice box or can of soda. Served at galleys in lieu of regular chow for sailors on the go.
Bag of Dicks: An unwanted or extremely tedious task, usually one that is given one hour before shift change and will require at least 3 hours to complete. Also called getting "bagged".
Bag: Flight suit. Also, to issue demerits at the naval academy.
Bagger: Sailor who is chronically late for watch relief. Also known as a shit bag.
Ball Button: A term used for the fourth button down on the new Service Uniforms, because it has a tendency to come undone.
Balls Thirty: A term used to indicate the time of the 0030 security sweep on some bases
Balls to Four: A four hour watch technically spanning from 0000-0400 though in practice begins at 2345 and ends at 0345. Most commonly seen on a "Dogged Watch" schedule.
Balls To The Wall: Expression originally referred to the balls on top of aircraft throttles. If one needed full throttle, the balls were, quite literally, pushed forward to the firewall - hence 'balls to the wall'.
Balls to Two: A short watch stood from 0000-0200. Not generally seen outside of Boot Camp.
Bandit: aircraft positively identified as hostile
Barney Clark: Slider topped with a fried egg. Also called a "One-Eyed Jack."
Barracks: Yes if you are single you'll be living in them.  If you are in port you will be living in the Sub Barracks 3 to a room if you are less than a E-5.  E-5's and above live 2 to a room.  Don't know about CPO's.
Barricade: Also called the barrier, this is a huge nylon net strung across the landing area of a carrier to arrest the landing of an aircraft with damaged gear or a damaged tailhook.
Batphone: A dedicated outside telephone line (not for personal use) typically for shore power or security purposes.
Battle Group (BG): A group of warships and supply ships centered around a large deck aircraft carrier and its airwing. Usually consists of one cruiser, one supply ship, and one or two destroyers, frigates, and submarines. Has been sanitized and emasculated lately and is now referred to as the Carrier Strike Group (CSG).
Battle Racks: When mission-exhausted Aviators are allowed to sleep through General Quarters.
Battlewagon: Battleship
BCG's: Birth Control Glasses. Standard Navy-issue corrective eyewear. So named because they are so thick and hideous that you are guaranteed never to have sex while you are wearing them. Term has become obsolete due to more normal looking frame choices offered nowadays (outside of recruit training, at least). (Also known as CGL's - Can't Get Laids)
BDNWW.:Broke Dick No Worky-worky. See Broke Dick.
Beer Day: On many navy ships, even in the present day, all hands are given 2 beers if they are underway without a port call for a given period of time - generally 45 days. Both beers are opened when they are given to the crew member to prevent them from being hoarded.
Bells: Naval way of announcing the time of day aboard ship, usually over the 1MC. One bell corresponds to 30 minutes past the hour. Bells will only be rung as a single strike, or a closely spaced double strike, with a maximum of eight bells (4 sets of 2). Bells repeat themselves every 4 hours. For example 2 sets of 2 bells, followed by a single bell could be 0230, 0630, 1030, 1430, 1830, or 2230.
Benny Suggs: The Navy's Beneficial Suggestions program, a method where DON employees, and Navy and Marine personnel can make suggestions to improve various programs and operations.
Benny: A treat or reward, derived from "Benefit".
Bent Shitcan: Someone below Naval standards.
BHA: Base (or is it Basic) Housing Allowance.  It is not enough mind you.
Big Chicken Dinner: slang for a Bad Conduct Discharge, a punishment awarded to a sailor who has committed a serious infraction of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Big E: Nickname for the USS Enterprise (CV-6), which won 24 battle stars during World War II, also known as the most decorated ship in the U.S. Navy. (Actually, the most decorated ship is the USS Parche (SSN-683), receiving a total of nine Presidential Unit Citations, ten Navy Unit Citations, and thirteen Navy Expeditionary Medal awards during its thirty years of service.)
Big Stick: Nickname for the USS Iowa (BB-61), crew's nickname for USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
Bilge Diving: Working in the bilges of a ship, or cleaning.  You'll get lots of practice if you're a MM.
Bilge Juice: Non-sanctioned alcoholic beverage created while on long deployments by mixing yeast, water and sugar.
Bilge Rat: Someone who works in the engineering spaces.
Bilge Troll: Engine room lower level watch stander; junior enlisted nuke machinist mate on sub.
Bilge Turd: Derogatory term for "Boiler Technician", typically from Machinist Mates who attend the identical A school
Bilge: The bottom of the submarine.  Each bay has a unique signature in regards to what collects in the bilge.  You can see ice in your bilges.  You can see your bilges run up the side wall in rough sea's or during angle and dangle maneuvers.
BINGO: Minimum fuel needed to return to base (RTB).
Binnacle List: The daily list of ship's crew who are sick in quarters (see below). So called because in the old days of sailing, this list was posted on the binnacle, the casing that housed the ship's compass.
Birdfarm: Aircraft carrier.
Bitchbox: Intercom or amplified circuit used to communicate between spaces of a ship.
Bitching Betty: The computer generated female voice heard in an aviator's earpiece when something is not as it should be. Usually caused by unsafe flight conditions or an enemy threat.
Black Hole, The: Reference to the Navy's main base at Norfolk, Virginia, so called because "it's where sailor's careers go to die."
Black Pants: An enlisted sailor below the rank of E-7 (Chief Petty Officer) So named because of the black and khaki working uniform. See also BLUE SHIRT
Black Shoe: Term used to describe shipboard or 'surface' officers and senior enlisted members, due to the black footwear worn while in uniform. See also BROWN SHOE
Blonde and Bitter: Coffee with cream.
Blonde and Sweet: Coffee with cream and sugar.  (aka Meg Ryan)
Blowing a Shitter: (Submarine Service) Inadvertently "flushing" a toilet (see "Shitter," below) while San Tanks are being vented overboard.
Blue on Blue: Fratricide or friendly fire. Named for the color associated with friendly forces during "workups" and exercises. The fictional enemy country is almost always Orange. In port the definition of blue on blue is much more enjoyable, as it refers to girl-on-girl stripper scenes, porn scenes, etc...
Blue Roper: Also called a blue rope. A sailor that is in training to be a Recruit Division Commander, so called because of the blue rope they wear on the right sleeve.
Blue Shirt: same as bluejacket, refering to the blue utility shirt worn by those personnel.
Blue Tile: An area of the carrier on the starboard main passageway, O-3 level, where the Battle Group (now called Carrier Strike Group) admiral and his staff live and work. As the name implies, the deck is indeed blue there. Passing through, especially by junior enlisted sailors, is highly discouraged. During wartime, armed guards may be posted on both sides of the blue tile. Pictures of bare-assed drunken aviators standing on the blue tile during port calls are highly prized keepsakes.
Blue Water: Deep water far from land. Only larger, self-sufficient ships can operate on these waters. Also called the "high seas." See "Brown Water."
Bluejacket: An enlisted sailor below the rank of E-7 (Chief Petty Officer).
Bluejacket's Manual: The handbook of seamanship issued to recruits.
Bluenose: An individual who has crossed the Arctic Circle.
BMOS: Big Man On Ship. Often refers to the ship’s Captain. Closest Civilian equivalent would be BMOC (Big Man On Campus).
BMS: Be more specific.
BMW: Big Maine Woman - Used to describe the large women in the Brunswick/Bath Maine area who like to pick up sailors in local bars.
Boat Goat: A female sailor onboard a ship. This term is typically used during the later parts of a long underway or deployment.
Boat: Water craft small enough to be carried on a ship, unless a submarine, which is ALWAYS called a boat. A ship may be called a boat but ONLY by members of its crew, and only those who have actually completed a deplyoment.
Boats: a sailor in the Boatswain's Mate rating, or the ship's Bosun, usually a CWO.
BOCOD: "Beat Off Cut Off Date" The date before returning home from a deployment to stop masturbating in order to save it up for your wife or girlfriend.
Bogey: unknown aircraft which could be friendly, hostile, or neutral
BOHICA: Bend Over Her It Comes Again.
Bolter: Failed attempt at an arrested landing on a carrier by a fixed-wing aircraft. Usually caused by a poor approach or a hook bounce on the deck, this embarrassing event leads to a go-around and another attempt to "board."
Boomer: Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN)
Boondoggle: Any unorganized, inefficient evolution. Similar to a "goatrope."
Boopdiddley: All-purpose, virtually meaningless expression, used as an exclamation i.e. "Boopdiddley!" or " Aw, Boop!" (1974)
Boot Camp: Term used to refer to the eight week basic training course held at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Boot Topping: Black paint used to paint the water line on ships.
Booter: A term used, usually derisively, when referring to any Sailor who has very little time in or a lot less time than the speaker
BOSNIA: Big Ol' Standard Navy-Issue Ass (from the apparent widening of the hips due in part to the cut of the working uniforms)
Bosun's Punch - New sailors on ship are sometimes assigned to find this mythical tool in the office of one of the ship's Bosuns (Boatswain). The sailor is then typically punched very hard in the shoulder by the Bosun in question.
Bounce Pattern: When several aircraft are practicing touch and go landings at the same airfield.
Box of Rocks: Derogatory term for more than one sailor that has performed their work in an unsatisfactory manner.
Box: Refer to Maneuvering.
Brain Fart: a condition when, under stress, one cannot recall or perform something that would normally be easy or second nature.
Branch: lowest organizational level in most naval commands. Below department and division.
Bravo Zulu: BZ is a naval signal, conveyed by flag hoist or voice radio, meaning "Good Job" or "Well Done".
Bremerloes: Female of husky build. Term originated at Bremerton, Washington base where they are rather common.
Bremerton: It's how much a Bremerloe weighs.
Brig Chaser: A Sailor escorting a prisoner to the brig.
Brig: Jail.
Broke-dick: Technical term describing malfunctioning or inoperable equipment. Example: "The freakin' aux drain pump is freakin' broke-dick."
Brown bagger: Married sailor who brings his lunch from home in a paper bag.
Brown Nose: Sailor trying a "little too hard" to make rate by sucking up to superiors. Can also refer to those who wear khakis (Chiefs, Officers) since it is assumed that most have "brown-nosed" to obtain their present position. Mythical rate "Chief Brown nose" or "Brow nose First Class." Also known as a "Butt Shark."
Brown Shoe: Term used to describe aviation community officers and senior enlisted members, due to the dark brown footwear worn in uniform.
Brown Water: Shallow water close to land. Also called the littorals. Smaller ships can operate in these waters.
Bubble head: A Sailor in the Submarine service.
Bubblegummer: A newbie or young sailor just out of boot camp or school.
Bubble-Head: Not sure I like being called that.  Slang for Submariner.
Bug Juice Sunrise: Orange with a splash of Red.
Bug Juice: Kool-Aid-like beverage in dispensers on the mess deck. Side-by-side - Orange or Red. Before the turn of the century bug juice was also used as a replacement for cleaning agents to clean decks with.
Building 36: USS BRYCE CANYON (AD-36) Home ported at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Rarely left port (so they could collect sea pay) and when she did had to be towed back in.
Building 38: USS PUGET SOUND (AD-38). Same reasons as above, in the 70's and 80's.
Building 39: 1990's-era Naval Station Norfolk slang for the USS EMORY S. LAND (AS-39), which during that time period, rarely left port.
Bulkhead remover: an 'in-joke' shared by veteran sailors and often delegated as a task to new sailors, as in, "Go get me a can of bulkhead remover."
Bulkhead: Wall.
Bull Nuke: (Submarine Service) The senior most enlisted nuclear sailor, usually the Engineering Department Senior Enlisted Adviser. One of only two people the Eng (Engineering Department Head) listens too.
Bull, aka "Bull Ensign": the senior most Ensign on board a surface ship. In charge of various wardroom duties, often including mentoring the junior most Ensign (see "George") and setting up the wardroom's movie night. Originated during World War II from Admiral "Bull" Halsey's need to designate one officer to oversee wardroom functions.
Bullet Sponge: U.S. Marine.
Bully Big Dick: USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Corruption of "Bully Big Stick", shipboard news program.
Bun: A sexually active female sailor.
Bunk Pan: An even smaller space underneath your bunk.  The only place to store your belongings.  It has broken hands when it falls (if of course you had your hands in the way).  This due to the 'kick stand' is flimsy and is in the center of the bunk so if you reach in toward the corners you will invariably cause the bunk to fall on you while still in the bunk pan.  Comedy Central and MAD TV could do hours on the entertainment caused by the bunk/bunk pan.
Bunk: A very small living space with a curtain.  This is your only personal space to get away from everyone on the boat.
Burn Run: An organized evolution to dispose of the material stored in burn bags.
Burn: To smoke (burn) a cigarette.
Burnbag: (1) A poor performing Cryptologic Technician or a "CT" Shitbag. (2) The red and white striped paper bags used to hold classified material meant for destruction.
Bust Me on The Surface (Submarine Service): An expression voiced when a subordinate strongly disagrees with a superior's order (who may be under heavy situational pressure), and the subordinate takes actions he knows to be the correct procedure, counter to the order. "Bust Me On The Surface" refers to disciplinary action that could result, which would take place in the fresh air of safety that would not be reached if the original order was carried out. Rarely invoked, and the subordinate better be god damned right. More often used as slang in less life-threatening situations.
Busted: Reduced in rank, as a result of Captain's Mast.
Buster: Proceed at max possible speed.
Butt Kit: Ash tray. Aboard ship it is a can with a hole in the lid, usually hung from the bulkhead near watch stations.
Butter Bar: Slang for an Ensign, or new officer fresh from OCS/Naval Academy or ROTC. The single gold bar on the khaki uniform of an Ensign, being the 'butter bar.'
CAG: Title used when addressing the airwing commander. It is a holdover from the days when airwings were called air groups, and stands for Commander Air Group. Can also refer to the airwing itself, as in CAG-14. See "airwing."
Cake Eater: A Sailor who reenlists. This is derived from the fact that upon reenlistment, most commands present you with a cake at your ceremony.
Cannon balls: Baked, candied apples served to midshipmen at the Naval Academy on special occasions. Twelve are served per table. If one person at the table is willing to eat all 12 apples and succeeds, then he is given the honor of "carry on" (lack of harassment by upper class-men) for the remainder of the semester.
Canoe Club: The U.S. Navy
Canoe U: United States Naval Academy
Captain: (A full Bird by rank or) The Commander of a US Naval Vessel.
Carl Prison: Endearing term for "America's Favorite Carrier," USS Carl Vinson, CVN70.
Carrier Strike Group (CSG): See "Battle Group"
Carrier: Refer to TARGET.
Carry on: An officers reply to a junior person's call to "attention on deck", meaning all present rise and come to attention as a sign of respect. "Carry on" allows personnel to continue whatever they were doing. Also see "cannon ball" above.
Carry-On Smartly: (Normally followed by the word Shipmate, if your not a NUB!)  A navy tradition to be curt or kind in terms of sending someone away.  Its all in the tone of voice and delivery.
CASREP: CASualty REPort. Inoperative, casualty reported; OOC (out of commission). Often jocularly applied to broken minor items not requiring any report, or to personnel on the binnacle list or killed.
Caution Tag: Yellow in color and has instructions on the other side.  Do Not Operate EXCEPT(ions) for operation of this equipment.  May Cause Harm to sailors and equipment if operated.  Follow the exceptions very carefully.  Refer to Tag-Outs.
CAVU: Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited - perfect flying weather.
CDR.: (Commander by rank) Normally the Skipper (ie Captain).  He is the Boss and he should be treated as though he could end your world.  Because he can.
CF: (pronounced Charlie Foxtrot) Cluster freak,
C-GU11: Seagull. Pronounced "See-Gee-Yuu-Eleven." Similar to "bulkhead remover," an inexpensive way to derive enjoyment from inexperienced personnel on watch. "Forward lookout, keep an eye out for signs of C-GU11s in the area, over." Also sometimes spelled C-6U11, Z-6UL1 or various 1337-like combination.
Channel Fever: Said if a sailor is anxious when approaching port to get leave. Sometimes cured by the "Channel Fever Shot", a slap or kick to the backside.
Chaps - Slang for Chaplain.
Check Valve – Used to describe a person, it refers to one who does for himself, but not others. None of the goodies get past him. Similar to a real check valve which only allows fluid to go one way.
Check-Out: Refers to a NUB trying to get a signature (to prove your knowledge) by a qualified operator/maintainer of that system.  You'll do millions of these during your Nuke Life.
CHENG: Chief Engineer
Chicken Switches: Switches in the overhead above the Dive Officer's station that release 4500 lb air into the main ballast tank, initiating the Emergency Main Ballast Tank blow (EMBT blow) causing the tanks to fill with air and the submarine to rise to the surface in a real hurry. Sometimes, engineering drills may cause the sub to go near test depth (depth the submarine has been tested to) if there is a delay in recovering the reactor (or many other reasons). So if the Dive Officer blows the tanks (actually, whoever has the Con will issue the order) they were afraid of sinking. Hence, Chicken Switches.
Chief: Title given to enlisted personnel who have achieved the rank of E-7 and who have completed their transitional training and indoc.
Chit Chipper: Paper Shredder. So named because you can't do anything with a chit, especially one that is "lost in routing"
Chit: A request form (triplicate or was that quintuplicate) with carbon copy pages for use by your chain or command to approve or dis-approve your request.
Chop: Supply Officer. Taken from the Supply Corps' pork chop-shaped insignia.(Submarine)
CHOP: The Supply Department Head.  He normally is an LDO or CWO.  Be nice to this man.  He also has the Cooks in his department.  He can be very useful if you don't have the right parts on board too.
Chow Boss: Food Service Officer.
Chow: Food.
Chowdale: Airwing personnel that spend all their time in line for chow, holding up those that actually have things to do.
CHT Tank/Shit Tank/Chit Tank: Collection, Holding and Transfer system, which collects all ship's shower and toilet runoff/sewage until such time as it can be pumped or dumped.
Chub Club: Sailors assigned mandatory physical training due to being overweight.
Chuck Wagon: Yet another USS Carl Vinson moniker
Chuckie V: USS Carl Vinson moniker
CINCHOUSE: Commander-in-Chief of the House. Used to refer to a sailor's spouse. Also COMHOUSE, COMHOME, CINCHOME, etc.
Cinderella Liberty: Liberty that expires at a particular time (e.g., midnight).
Civie cut: Civilian haircut worn by males who live around military towns to distinguish themselves from military personnel. Usually just an inch or two longer than military allows, but enough to let the females know who's who.
CIWS: (Nicknamed R2D2) Close in Weapon System.  (Pronounced: Christ, it Won't Shoot. Or, 'Sea-Wiz')  Used to knock down approaching missiles, jets, unwary seagulls.  (Demonstration video: 
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Cleaning Stations: Hour-long field day evolution where everyone drops what they're doing and cleans their spaces. See "XO's Happy Hour"
Clear: Should be used/verbalized anytime some passes gas and it is silent and/or unheard.  A warning if you will that something nasty is approaching fast.
Clobbered: When the landing pattern or the comms frequency at a field or ship is filled to capacity and you can't get an aircraft or a word in.
CO: Commanding Officer.  Refer to CDR.
CO: Commanding Officer. The head of a ship, or shore command, usually no lower in rank than a Commander, the Commanding Officer is in charge of most of the everyday things that happen on board ship, from corporal punishment (Captain's Mast), to common everyday maintenance, and upkeep of the ship, or shore command. The Commanding Officer usually wears a special pin on his pocket designating him Command Afloat, or Command Ashore.
COB: Chief of the Boat.  The most senior enlisted on the boat.  Normally a Master CPO.  He is the Captain of the enlisted so to speak.  The COB's wife Normally runs an Ombudsmen program. 
COD: Carrier On board Delivery - the mighty C-2 Greyhound, which ferries people and supplies to and from the carrier on a regular basis.
Coffin Locker: A personal storage area located underneath a sailor's rack (see below).
Cold Shot or Cold Cat: A catapult launch from a carrier in which insufficient speed is attained to generate lift. Often fatal for the aircrew if they do not eject in time.
Color Company: Term presented to the recruit company in boot camp that maintains the highest score through the entire eight week evolution, they are awarded the term of Color Company, and given three days special liberty unmonitored. Color Company is also given the honor of being the first company to Pass in Review, only if there is not a Hall of Fame Company that graduates Boot Camp at the same time.
COMMO: Communications Officer. Officer in Charge of the Communications Division. Usually, the most junior officer aboard ship.
Commodore: Back in the day, this was the designation given to a one-star admiral (presently called Rear Admiral Lower Half for some reason). Presently, it is the unofficial title of the captain (O-6) in charge of a squadron of ships or submarines or a wing of the same type of aircraft.
COMNAVSNACPAC(or LANT), A sailor who stores alot of junk food in their rack. PAC refers to the Pacific Fleet and LANT to the Atlantic.
Comp Time: Compensation Time, time/days off during week for shore-based sailors who had weekend assignments, above and beyond mere watch-standing.
Coner: Pronounced "Cone-er"(Submarine Service) A submarine crewman who is not part of the engineering department (see Nuke below), especially Torpedomen, because they are stationed in the forward cone of the Sub, and pretty much prohibited from wandering into the rear engineering spaces. Also known as "Forward Pukes" (as opposed to "freakin' Nukes") or MUFFs (My Up Forward Friends).
Controlled Leak: Water coming in is less than water going (pumped) out.  No threat to life or ship.
Corpsman Candy: Sore-throat lozenges handed out at sick bay in lieu of any substantive treatment. Sometimes accompanied by two aspirin.
Corpsman: The only medical person on the boat.  Basically a Registered Nurse.  And, if you are counting on him to cut on you then you should do it yourself.  (Example: Sailor: "Hey Doc, it hurts when I do this."  Doc: "Don't do that then."  Do you understand now?)
Countersunk Sailor: female sailor.
Cover: hat
CPO Spread: (Submarine Service) The worlds most useless and uncomfortable rack sheet. Once thought to be solely for the elite khaki club, it is in fact a very cleverly disguised spy tool for a chief or officer to see if you have been sleeping due to the large stitches that are etched into it. See "Rack Burn".
CPO: Chief Petty Officer. Often refers to all chiefs, E-7 through E-9.
Crack House: Designated smoking area aboard ship that is not a weather deck space. Quickly fills with a haze of smoke. Also called "Crack shack".
Cracker Jacks: Slang for the dress blue uniforms worn by sailors below the rank of E-7
Crank: Mess deck worker, typically a new transferee to a submarine assigned to mess deck duties while qualifying for a regular watch.
Crash & Smash: Permanently assigned flight deck firefighting personnel. Also, a game played by aviation personnel involving several long tables and a great deal of beer, wherein the aviators attempt to replicate with their bodies the arrested landings their aircraft make.
Crazy Ivan: (Submarine Service), demonstrated in the movie The Hunt for Red October. Russian submarines would quickly turn 180 degrees while underway to see whether any American submarines were following. Collisions occasionally resulted during the Cold War.
Creamed foreskins: creamed chipped beef. (see also "SOS" Shit on a Shingle)
Crow: Slang term for the eagle adorning the Petty Officer rank insignia.
CRUD: Apocryphally, "Chalk River Unidentified Deposits", corrosion products found in reactor coolant.
Cruise Boo: A Sailor's underway spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend. Usually, either one or both of the sailors is currently in a relationship/marriage with a person not stationed on the ship.
Cruise sock: A sock that is sacrificed early in a deployment and used to clean up after masturbating. It is usually kept under the mattress and can stand up on its own by the end of cruise.
Cruise: Ship deployment from its home port usually lasting between 5 and 8 months.
Cruiser: Refer to TARGET.
Crush Depth: You really don't want to go deeper than that...hint...hint.  Only the Captain is privy to this information.
Cryppy/Cryppy Critter: Cryptographer, also seen on a highway near the Cryptography School in San Angelo, Texas without vowels, as CRYPPY CRTTR.
CSO: Combat Systems Officer, officer responsible for ship's combat system (gun, missile, radar, command control & communications systems) maintenance.
Cunt: Curently Unqualified Navel trainee
CVN 7 on 2: Play on words for CVN72, and for escapades that may have taken place by her crew.
CWO: Chief Warrant Officer (W2 - W5) - a highly qualified senior enlisted (E-7/E-8) person who has earned a commission through a competitive process and continues to work in their technical field. By definition, a technical specialist. Can also mean Communications Watch Officer.
CWO: Chief Warrant Officer.  Never met one in the Navy.
Dain Bramaged: Uss Bainbridge.
Dammit: Proper way to read an exclamation point quietly. "You are a shitbag!" becomes "You are a shitbag, dammit."
Danger Nut: A "fun" game in which one or more sailors place a washer or nut around a rod or similar metal device and then hold it to a steam vent. The washer or nut spins wildly due to the high pressure of the steam. Once it reaches a high enough speed, the rod is turned so that the steam blows the object completely off the rod and (hopefully) at another sailor, who then has to dodge the "danger nut."
Danger Tag: Red in color and has Instructions on the other side.  DO NOT Operate this Equipment.  Loss of Life or Damage to Equipment will occur.  Something like that anyway.  Refer to Tag-Outs.
Dark Side: Referring to the second half of power school (wks 13-26).  You go in when its dark and you come out when its dark.
DBF.: (Diesel Boats Forever) unauthorized pin showing a non-nuclear submarine
DD214 - Official government papers when separating.
Deadly Force: Yes there is a Qual Card for this too.
Dear John Letter: A letter (or nowadays, e-mail) that a sailor receives in which his significant other breaks up with/leaves him while he is underway.
Deck Ape: Non-designated enlisted person serving on the deck force, often as result of washing out of "A" school or being stripped of another rating.
Deck: Floor.
Deep Six: Obsolete term for throwing something overboard; refers to the "deep six", the lowest fathom (six feet) before the ocean floor. Has been mostly replaced by Float Checking (see below).
Delta Sierra: Originally "DS" was a signal meaning "Dumb Shit". It refers to a stupid mistake, or a poor performance. It is considered the opposite of "Bravo Zulu".
De-Nuked: It happens for a lot of reasons.  Don't let it happen to you.
Department: Highest organizational level in most naval commands. Common departments are combat systems (combination of some operations/weapons department divisions) supply, admin, deck, engineering, operations, and maintenance. Broken up into divisions.
Dependopotamus: Term used for overweight dependents of Sailors.
Dick Skinners: hands i.e. "get your dick skinners off my white hat", also known as Peterclamps, Meathooks, and Dick Beaters.
Dickbag: Used in place of "Douche bag", but also can be used in place of "dirt bag"
Dicking the dog: putting "half-assed" effort into a task (refers to improperly securing the "dogs" on a watertight hatch when passing through. Such a lax procedure could spell doom for a sinking ship if hatches were not absolutely watertight). Also said as "poking the poodle". Not to be confused with "screwing the pooch" which refers to royally messing up a task.
Dicksmith: Yet another derogatory term for hospital corpsmen.
Dig'git: A sailor that is really just all about the Navy.  Normally a young NUB.  It wears off.  (The term 'Eager Beaver' would be a good definition.)
Dilbert Dunker: Device used in water survival training ("swims") to teach aviators how to get out of the cockpit of a fixed-wing aircraft that has crashed or ditched at sea. Much easier than the dreaded "helo dunker."
Dilbert: Fictional and cluess cartoon character used in WWII era training material to demonstrate what NOT to do in naval aviation. Dilbert often paid dearly for his ignorance, lack of attention to detail, or carelessness.
DI-LDO: (Duty Instructor Limited Duty Officer) Term students use for a loathed LDO instructor.
DILLIGAF: (Do I Look Like I Give A freak?), A term indicating supreme indifference; "Gaffer". Can also have a second F added to the end, when used in this context it means "Do I Look Like I Give A Flying freak?"
Dimed/Diming out/Dropping dimes: Comes from the phrase 'nickel and dimed', or to get 'screwed over'. To throw someone 'under the bus', or to oust someone out as being the person who did something wrong or made a bad call. Usually done to avoid getting in trouble at the expense of someone else, even if you were a part of the party involved. Example: "Why did you do this? You know that is unauthorized." - Chief Coffedrinker "AM3 Schmuckatelli said to, Chief." - AMAN Nobody.
Dining-in/Dining-out: Social functions, usually for officers and chiefs, where dinner dress is worn and certain "rules of the mess" are followed. Generally presided over by the Executive Officer (XO) and run by a Chief of Junior Officer (JO) called "Mr. Vice," these events can become quite rowdy and raucous. The difference between the two is that significant others may attend dining-outs. Dining-ins are for the service members only.
Dink: Delinquent in Qualifications (behind in qualifications of your 'qual card'). Not a good place to ever find yourself.  Its bad synonyms with un-good. 
Dinner Rolls: Not bread at all.  The term used when, invariably, the ship turns, thereby allowing the swells to hit broadside and severely rocking the ship during meal time.  Because the friction coefficient between the chow tray and the table is negligible, many a meal will end up in your lap.
Dinq: Delinquent In Qualifications.
Dipper: An anti-submarine helo with a variable depth dipping SONAR. See "Dome."
Dirtbag: a term often used by an annoying lifer who has no life outside the navy to insult a sailor for having a few wrinkles in his uniform, having missed a spot while shaving, having a small spot on his uniform, having hair barely touching his ears, etc. compare to "A.J. squared away" above.
Dirty-shirt wardroom: (Aircraft Carrier): Forward wardroom immediately below the flight deck for pilots wearing (sweaty) flight gear and working ship's officers. As opposed to formal ship's wardroom.
DISBO: Disbursing officer on ship.
Discharge: Refers to a sailor’s happiest day of his life.  Oh, a way to relieve pressure or contents of a tank/cavity to make space for more future discharges.
Ditch: To intentionally crash land an aircraft as "gently" as possible - usually into the water. This is generally done when fuel is almost all used up with no hope of making it to a safe landing area, or when a slowly developing but potentially fatal emergency is going on.
Ditty bag: Any mesh bag, but so named because usually used to contain soiled laundry.
Ditty-bop: A Radioman, from the sound of Morse code. Also "ditty chaser".
Division: Middle organizational level in most naval commands, below department and above branch. Usually headed by a junior officer (JO). Common divisions are power plants, airframes, 1st Lieutenant, etc... Divisions are sometimes divided into branches or work centers.
DIVO: Division Officer
DIW: Dead In the Water. 
Dixie Cup: The canvas white hat Sailors wear with their dress uniforms.
Dock jumpers: The unfortunates who would have to leap ashore to tie up when no "line handlers" are available.
Dog watches: the 1600-2000 evening watch is customarily split into two two-hour "dog" watches, so that the watch sections rotate rather than being stuck with the same schedule every day. Also permit everyone to get evening chow at a reasonable hour (although First Dog watch standers usually find the better chow is all gone).
Dolphins: (Submarine Service) Submarine Qualification Device, called dolphins because of the dolphin fish used in the design.
Dolphins: aka 'Fish': Your Special Warfare pin.  Look these over: 1)  2)  3)  4)  Also go to SS Owners Manual (under SS Owners Manual in Navy Terminology...hint...hint and Look around on that site).
Dome: A SONAR transmitter/receiver. It may be fixed, as in those mounted on the bow of a ship below the waterline, or mobile like those "dipped" by anti-submarine helos.
Donkey-Dick: Term used for many nozzle shaped fire fighting implements
Double Digit Midget: A short timer. Someone who is less than 100 days from retirement, EAOS or being discharged to civilian life.
Douche Kit: Container (usually zipper closed) for toilet articles such as shaving cream, deodorant, after shave lotion, etc.
Down: Not working, out of commission, broken, "broke-dick." In aviation, non-flyable, usually for maintenance reasons. When applied to an aviator, it means not allowed to fly. This can be for a variety of reasons: medical, personal, disciplinary, etc... In flight training, a down is a failed flight.
Drain Pump: Ahhh you MM's in ERLL will get to love this big momma. 
DRB (Disciplinary Review Board): Step in the NJP process in which the accused attempts to prove his innocence by being screamed at for 2 hours.
Drift Count: Monitoring the movement of the ship while at anchor.
Drifter: Sailor who at all times lacks the ability to stay focused. Also called drift-pack, or in the very extreme case "COMNAVDRIFTLANT/PAC", a parody of COMNAVSURFLANT/PAC.
Drifty: Sailor lacking the ability to stay focused while attempting to perform a given task. (Petty Officer to Sailor, "is there something the matter with you? You are acting drifty today!")
Drop a Chit: The act of filling out a request chit.
Drop your cocks and grab your socks: A saying that the petty officer of the watch yells in the sleeping quarters when it's time for everyone to get up. Often done in boot camp.
Dry Stores: If you go to a submarine expect to be a ‘crank’.  Galley/Cook food service attendant.  You’ll spend a lot of time in there.  Contains dry food stores.
Dryer: After the moisture separator’s on the HIPAC's.  This is the last line of defense for moisture control in our stored High Pressure Air.  Uses a chemical resign to do its job.
DSRV: Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle. 
Ducks: (Sumarine Service) The time 2222. Refers to the resemblance of the numbers in a digital display resembling a line of ducks. At times, ducks will be marked by the ship control team (Diving officer of the watch, Helmsman, Planesman, and Chief of the Watch) "Stand by to mark ducks.....Mark. Quack Quack Quack Quack."
Durka: Anything related to the Middle East, often derogatory.
DV: Diver
Dynamited Chicken: Chicken a la King or Chicken Cacciatore.
EAB: Emergency Air Breathing.  Uses a negative pressure regulator to get air to you.  You therefore must draw a breath to get air.  Can be a laborious task.  And if you forget to breathe then you are going to die.  The US Navy is the only Navy left in the world that still uses a negative pressure regulator on its EAB's.  You’ll spend lots of time in one with sweat up to your eye balls.
Eagle Shits: Slang for military payday (e.g., "The eagle shits today.").
EAOS: End of Active Obligated Service.  Normal will be associated with a date.  A very accurate date.
EAWS: Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist; often pronounced "A-wis".
EB Green: Green duct tape acquired from Electric Boat in Groton, CT; can be used to fix almost anything, temporarily...
EB Red: The extreme, nuclear grade version of EB Green.
ECF: Error Carried Forward.
ED(C/L)PO: Engineering Department (Chief/Lead) Petty Officer.  Senior Enlisted Nuke on the boat.  Normal a Senior (or Master) CPO.
E-Div: Nuke EM division.
EDMC: Bull Nuke. 
EDO: Engineering Duty Officer.
Ed's Motel: Navy filmmakers' acronym for Editorials, Motion Picture and Television Department.
EFPH: Effective Full Power Hours.
ELT Shack - Nucleonics.  Home of RL-Division. 
ELT: Engineering Laboratory Technician.  A 'C' school after prototype for MM’s.
EM: Electricians Mate.
Emer Blow: Emergency Blow.  A rapid ascent to the surface.  We blow the water out of the ballast tanks and drive at a high rate of speed (shaft rpm) to the surface.  Refer to Angles and Dangles.
Emerald Shellback. Crossed the Equator at the Greenwich Meridian.
Emergency Blow: When a sub rapidly blows all of the ballast out of its tanks, resulting in a rapid ascent and an impressive display as the sub breaks the surface.
Emergency Deep: What do you think?  You're probably right.  And, since I ain't saying.  Your going to have to guess.
EMO: Electronic Materiel Officer, line officer or electronics CWO or LDO responsible for maintenance of the unit's radar, radio, and command and control equipment.
ENG: The Department Head for Engineering.  The ENG only listens to two people, the CO and the Bull Nuke.
Engine Room Shutdown Roving Watch: A Nuke MM stands this watch.  You own the engine room when shutdown.  Refer to SRW.
EOOW: Engineering Officer Of the Watch.
EOS: Enclosed Operating Space.  Nuclear surface ship equivalent of Maneuvering.
ERF: Engine Room Forward: The ELT station.  The feed pump watch basically.
ERLL: Engine Room Lower Level: The most junior of Nuke MM watches.  And the dirtiest.
ERS: Engine Room Supervisor.
ERUL: Engine Room Upper Level: A senior MM watch station.  Also the cleanest.
Escape Trunk: (Get real.  No one gets out alive. j/k)  We have two of them.  One up forward and one aft.
ESO: Educational Services Officer.
ESWS: Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Often pronounced "E-swas".
ET: Electronics Technician.
Eternal Patrol: The last and still on-going patrol of a submarine lost at sea. The subs and the sailors are on eternal patrol.
Evil Planet Notorg: Groton CT. Notorg is Groton spelled backwards.
EWO: Electronic Warfare Officer
EWS: Engineering Watch Supervisor.
FAG: Fighter Attack Guy - an F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet pilot or naval flight officer ("NFO").
Family Gram: Only 'Boomer Sailors' (SSBN's) get these. 
Fan Room (see X-Ray fitting): A "closed" space which is often utilized for general mischief away from watchful eyes.
Fart sack: Canvas mattress cover. (In cold conditions sailors would sleep inside them for extra warmth.)
Fart Suit: Dry suit worn by aviators when flying over cold water. So called because of the rubber seals at the neck and wrists which keep water out in the event of water entry. These seals also keep all flatulence inside the suit, where it remains hot and mixes with ball sweat, pitstink, and various other foulness. This foul air is released by removing the suit, or more amusingly by pulling one of the wrist seals open while squatting and pointing at an unsuspecting individual, thus forcing all the stench in his direction.
Fashion Show: A series of individual personnel inspections conducted in each uniform the sailor owns. Usually this form of Extra Military Instruction is reserved for the most severe dirtbags who are either consistently failing uniform inspection or look like crap on a daily basis.
Fast Attack Tough: To those that understand NO explanation is necessary.  To those that don't understand NO explanation will suffice.
Fathom: 1 Fathom is equal to 1.83 meters or 6 feet. 
FAWCU (pronounced freak you) (Submarine Service): Focused After Watch Clean Up: usually between 1 to 2 hours of "Field Day" after every watch rotation.
Feed Pump(s): They return the condensate from the condenser to the S/G's.
FEP: Fitness Enhancement Program. Mandatory physical training regimen designed to return sailors to within physical readiness standards. Also refers to sailors who are enrolled in the program... Fat Enlisted People / Forced Exercise Program. See "Chub Club".
FFE: Fire Fighting Ensemble.
FFG: Forever freaking Gone. Acronym used for Guided Missile Frigates who spent more time underway than in port.
Field Day: All hands clean-up. Usually lasts on a good day about 3-4 hours. (30 min of cleaning and 2-4 hours of freaking off.)
Field Survey: To discard a worn-out item ("in the field," often off the end of the pier) instead of submitting for formal "survey" to determine redistribution or disposal. Sometimes items handed down to a needier local unit.
FIG: An FFG is called a FIG.
Fighting gear: eating utensils.
Fighting I: Nickname for the USS Intrepid (CV-11), now a museum ship in New York Harbor.
FIIGMO: (freak It, I Got My Orders); refusal of a long or tough assignment near the end of a duty rotation. Also seen as a name badge at this time, so officers/petty officers will forget your real name.
Fire: That will get your attention.
First Look Up: Normally preceded by the 'That Will Be Your' (First Look Up).  The first time you don't know a question on a Check-Out.  At this point you are required to return to this individual for the rest of your 'check-out'.  If you don't come back with all the look ups from your check-out and you go to someone else for the check-out (without permission) you will probably become the next to not Qualify you boat/watch station.
Fish: (Submarine Service) See Dolphins, above. Also "torpedo".
Fit Boss: Officer designated by the Commanding Officer to be responsible for the command Physical Readiness Program. Can be a collateral duty for a commissioned officer or more frequently, a civilian contractor's primary duty.
Five and Dimes: A watch rotation where the sailor or watch team stand five hours of watch, then have ten hours off (to clean, perform maintenance, train, get qualified, conduct drills, take care of divisional business or their collateral duty, eat, shower, and occasionally sleep). This follows from a three-section watch rotation, and results in the sailor standing watch at a different time every day and night, repeating every three days.
Flag Deck: command level on large ships for Admirals (flag rank, because they are entitled to show a flag with appropriate number of stars on a car, ship, etc. if they are present)
Flank (speed): Its faster with a speed screw.  The speed requested when you want to run the ship as fast as it will go.
Flattop: Aircraft carrier. Also the haircut worn by truly motivated sailors.
Flavor Extractor: standard equipment in all Navy galleys.
Fleet Up: When a second in command takes his senior's place upon that senior's transfer, retirement, or other re-assignment.
Flight Deck Buzzard: chicken (food).
Flight Line: The area on a ship or station where aircraft are made ready for flight. Also used as a prank on gullible new sailors, as in "Go get me 100 feet of flight line from the crash shack."
Float Check (also Flotation Testing): Throwing something overboard.
Floating Bellhop: Derisive Army term for sailor.
FLOB: Free Loading Air Breather.  A Non-Qual submariner.  (Normally has the term 'Puke' somewhere in the right before or right after to create a useful phrase.)
Flooding: More water coming in than going out.  (Refer to Controlled Leak)  Or, a threat of life or ship is a concern.
Flux capacitor: new members of a CVN's MMR will be sent to retrieve the "flux capacitor" from the OOW in the reactor control room. flux capacitor ran the car in back to the future....
Flying Bravo: Menstruating; from the signal flag.
FNG: freakin' New Guy - self-explanatory
FOAD: Acronym, freak Off And Die, traditional response to MARF see below.
Foc's'le Follies: A gathering of all the aviators in the airwing in the carrier's foc's'le (forecastle). The CAG, ship's CO, and battle group admiral are also usually invited and present. The "official" reason for this event is to hand out awards to the top aviators. The most enjoyable parts are the "roll calls" from each squadron, and the skits that two or three of the squadrons perform. If the roll call or the skit fails to amuse the rest of the airwing, the offending squadron is booed and belittled mercilessly. Follies are held about every 6 to 8 weeks while on deployment.
FOD Walk Down: A periodic, organized search on an aircraft carrier flight deck or hangar deck looking for debris that a jet engine might ingest.
FOD: Foreign Object Damage. Caused by Foreign Object Debris, such as nuts, bolts, or anything that could be sucked into a jet engine, damaging it. At aviation commands, FOD can also describe a worthless individual, i.e. "If Airman Smith isn't in this shop in 5 minutes, write that piece of FOD up."
Forward: The point’ie end: uh I mean the front end of the boat.
Four by Eight Watch: The worst watch section to be in because your first watch is 0400 to 0800, then you work your duty station until 1600, followed by your second watch 1600 to 2000, every day.
Fourballs: Midnight, entered as 0000 when writing logs; The "Fourballs watch" is midnight to 0600 when underway on a submarine, using a 3 person x 6 hour shift, 18 hour rotation "day" for each watch station. Most engineering daily chores are performed on the 0000 watch, you'll be relieved at 0530 for chow, followed by drills at 0700, chow at 1200, followed by drill review at 1300, collateral duties at 1500, chow at 1700, followed by your 1800 watch; a very long "day" underwater, 24+ hours. The Sub equivalent to the Four by Eight watch mentioned above. Fortunately, you'll only get it every 4th calender day when underwater.
Fourteen Man Small Boat Party: The fittest and most athletic sailors sent top side for evaluations requiring a boarding party or help with items topside underway.  I loved the fact I could go topside and get some fresh air.  But, due to the Needs Of the Navy...we never did these evolutions during the day.  Lucky Me!
FPU (Field Pleasure Unit): Female Marine in the field, used for various pleasure.
Freak'in: A substitute for a word often used in the U.S. Navy.
FRED: freaked Up Ridiculous Educational Device. Used by those going through Radioman "A" School, referred to the computer that graded teletype capabilities, so-called, because it used to grade based on keystrokes, rather than words per minute.
Freeboard: On a ship or boat, this is the vertical distance between the waterline and the "gunwale" (see below).
Fresh Produce: On a submarine …. Are you serious?  We ran out of that stuff the first week or two underway.
Fried Calimari: Often used to describe a sailor that has been electrocuted. Derived from a sailor's nickname: Squid.
Fried Horsecock: Fried baloney
FTN Striker: Sailor whose stated goal/desire is to get discharged
FTN: freak the Navy (common epithet used when complaining about naval policies or regulations). Often scrawled on the walls of toilet stalls by sailors who have been assigned to clean it for a reason. Also can refer to "Free The Nukes," referring to sailors in the nuclear power field. Also refers to a mythical rate or ship type an "FTN Striker" says he/she is trying to get in (i.e. Fleet Tug-Nuclear, Fire Technician-Nuclear). Also stands for "Fun Time Navy" around higher chain of command to save face in front of said chain of command, yet "secretly" means "freak the Navy". In nuclear commands, can sometimes be seen as KEY when over-nuked the last letters of the same three words are used.
FUBAR: Fouled up beyond all repair, freaked up beyond all recognition. (Foobar)
FUBIJAR: freak You Buddy, I'm Just A Reservist
Fuhgowee's: Code word for ditching work and going home at lunch time, so as not to be suspected by PO1, Chiefs, etc (used in Newport News Drydock). Sailor 1: Where are you having for chow? Sailor 2: Fuhgowee burger sandwiches.
Fulmer: A sailor that desperately tries to win various games (ping pong, pool, etc.), but does not have the skills to compete successfully.
Fun Boss: Morale, Welfare and Recreation Officer
FUNGUS: freak You, New Guy, You Suck.
FUPA: Fat Upper P.ssy Area, pronounced foopa. A pejorative term referring to an overweight female sailor and the bulge that protrudes from ill fitting pants. In the case of obese male sailors, it means "Fat Upper Penis Area"
FUR: freaked Up Recruit. Refers to a boot camp recruit that constantly makes mistakes, mostly used by his fellow recruits, and never used as an endearment.
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Re: Navy Nuke Terms.
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Gaff Off: When a junior person ignores or purposely fails to show proper respect to a senior person. Examples may include blowing off an assigned task, not saluting, or using improper forms of address.
Galley: Crews' mess, or dining area. Place where food is prepared for consumption.
Gator Navy: The part of the Navy that works supporting Marines. Includes all people in aviation and amphibious operations. Used to differentiate between the Submarine, Aircraft Carrier and other fine Navy groups.
Gator-Freighter: Ship used in amphibious warfare, or generally the transportation of Marines and their equipment. Especially, a carrier-like vessel (amphibious assault ship) whose primary purpose is to put ass in the grass.
GCE: Gross Conceptual Error. A lack of any basic understanding of the concepts tested. Refer to ATFQ and RTFQ.
Gear adrift: Loose or unsecured gear or equipment. Also a less-than-flattering assessment of a sailor "Seaman Jones is gear adrift!"
Geedunk: Candy, or a place that sells candy in a short form of Gedunk bar. Also "ice cream".
General Quarters: (GQ) Every sailor has an assigned duty station to be manned during an emergency. On submarines called "Battle stations."
George: The junior most officer on board a surface ship. Also spelled "JORG", meaning Junior Officer Requiring Guidance or "JORGE," meaning Junior Officer Requiring General Education.
Gerbil Alley: Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. The only guaranteed port visit during any deployment.
Gerbil Gym: Exercise space on board ship with treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical trainers - all pieces of equipment on which you perform motions that should move you to another place, but you remain in the same position like a gerbil on its wheel.
Get Hot: It means exactly that.  Get to work and work like you mean it or ease you'll get the boot in the backside.  A sense of urgency is needed when applying this term.  It's justified to be hostile if the recipient doesn't jump high enough when this order is Barked.
GFU: Grade for understanding.
Ghetto: Open-bay barracks, usually reserved for single sailors who are in transit or otherwise temporarily assigned there.
Gig line: The visual line formed by uniform zipper, belt buckle, and buttoned shirt seam. Also used as another in-joke to send new sailors on a wild goose chase. See bulkhead remover.
Gigged: Refers to a form of point deduction in Boot Camp, for an unsatisfactory inspection, either personal, uniform, or bunk and locker inspections, deduction is usually one, to five points per infraction, depending on the severity.
Girl Scout: Sailor with inordinate amount of decorative patches on spotless poopysuit. Usually also wears cologne although thousands of miles from closest port/females.
GITMO: Guantanamo Bay Naval Station on Cuba.
Goat locker: Lounge or galley for the exclusive use of Chiefs.
Goatrope or goatfreak: Any situation that is "FUBAR."
God Junior-Grade: Derisive term for superior.
Gold Crow: A 12 year PO1 with good behavior. In all actuality, a PO1 who is probably too inept to become a Chief in any reasonable amount of time.
Golden Dragon: A sailor who has crossed the Prime Meridian or the International Date Line into the Eastern Hemisphere.
Golden rivet: Folklore that every ship is built containing a single, commemorative "golden rivet"
Golden Screwjob: Used when a sailor has 12 years or more of honorable service, and, for reasons unknown, does not have his Gold rank device. A Golden Screwjob is never spoken of when the sailor in question is within hearing range.
Good Humor Man: Reference to the Summer White uniform. This is an all-white short sleeve uniform that makes the wearer look suspiciously like the ice cream man.
Gouge: The inside scoop, the skinny, the low-down. Only the information you need to know in a given situation, with nothing else to waste your time. Some black shoes say "Live by the gouge, die by the gouge." Aviators correctly say "Live by the gouge, EXCEL by the gouge."
Great Mistakes: common ephitet used when complaining about RTC/NTC Great Lakes Illinois. Named due to the fact that the Navy closed its two training centers in San Diego, CA and Orlando, FL, much warmer climates during the winter than Great Lakes.
Green Scrubby: Mildly abrasive scouring pad. Also called a "Greeny Weeny". It's green, of course.
Grinder: A place of fun drills and games in Boot Camp.
Grog: Initially, this referred to the watered down rum ration given daily to sailors in the Royal Navy. Presently in the USN, it refers to the alcoholic brew offered at social events like "dining-ins" and "dining-outs." Depending on the wardroom and in particular on the person preparing the grog, it may be pleasant and delicious or one of the most foul and disgusting beverages ever conceived.
Grok: (Nuke Field Geek) To understand completely. From Robert A.Heinlein's (USNA '29) "Stranger In A Strange Land."
Gronk: (Submarine Service) when a bolt or nut has been or is in process of being tightened so much that the operator of the wrench or ratchet sees stars when applying. "Who the freak gronked this nut on so tight?" See "Star tight"
Grotopotamus: The rather large ladies that graze around the Groton, CT area. Similar to a Bremerloe.
Grottweiler: see Grotopotamus.
Ground-Pounder: Navy term for Marines, specifically infantry. Generally pejorative.
Gun Boss: Weapons Department head.
Gundeck: to juryrig something; falsifying or misrepresenting records and reports. Gundecking any reports constitutes as a falsifying an official document, and can be punishable by Captain's Mast, even a Court-Martial, should the person gundecking be caught, which they almost always are.
Guns: a sailor in the Gunner's Mate rating.
Gunwale: (pronounced "gunnel") The top of the hull portion of a ship that runs down the port and starboard sides.
Gyrene: derogatory Navy term for a U.S. Marine. Also called "Jarheads"
HAC: (pronounced "hack") Helicopter Aircraft Commander - the pilot in command of a helo.
Hack: Unofficial punishment where an officer is confined to his stateroom, usually during a port call. During this time, the officer is not allowed to leave the ship (all officers must have permission from the Commanding Officer, or his appointed delegate before disembarking the ship at any port call, including their homeport).
Haji: Racial epithet for a Middle Eastern individual, or anything Middle Eastern. For instance, pull-tab sodas are referred to as "Haji Sodas" due to their ubiquitous presence in the Fifth Fleet AOR.
Halfway-Night: (Submarine Service) Party night on pre-determined 1/2 length of boat's patrol. Tenderloin and lobster, frozen, but good.
Hall of Fame Company: A recruit company during boot camp that maintains perfect marks through the entire eight week evolution, harder to get than Color Company, the company that rates Hall of Fame Status is given three days special liberty, as well as the week prior to shipping out to the fleet as downtime. They are also given the privledge of wearing their winter blue, or summer white uniforms, or, as an alternate, their dress uniforms, for the week before shipping out to the fleet. Hall of Fame Companies are also given precedence above Color Company, and are given the honor to be the first recruit company to Pass in Review.
Haole: Pronounced "How-Lee" Hawaiian term for non-native. A dangerous thing for a sailor to be around Pearl Harbor as some of the natives see them as easy targets for crime, especially when local law-enforcement doesn't seem to care.
Happy Hour: Not what you think. 1hr of cleaning the ship every day.
Hatch: Not a door, but an opening in a horizontal deck. A door is an opening in a vertical bulkhead.
Hazardous Duty Pay: Yep'per you qualify for it.
Hazing: We don't do that on a submarine.  Wink
HCO: Helo Control Officer, talks to each pilot as he makes his approach to a small boy (See LSO)
Head: Bathroom (The term comes from the days of sail, because wind would blow from the rear of the ship foreward the bathroom would be located at the front "Head" of the ship to carry the foul smell of excrement away from the crew).
Heads and Beds: An inspection performed daily at sea by the XO or a designated replacement, usually the MAA.
Helmet Fire: When a pilot becomes so task saturated in the cockpit that he loses the big picture and situational awareness (SA). Often leads to mistakes that can produce lethal results.
Helo (pron. hee-low): term applied to all naval helicopters (from the standard message abbreviation HELO). Calling a naval helicopter anything other than a helo, and especially a "chopper," is grounds for a serious beat-down.
Helo Dunker: Dreaded training device that all naval aircrew and pilots must endure every few years when they complete water survival training, or "swims." Designed to simulate crashing a helo at sea, it is basically a huge metal drum with seats and windows that is lowered into a pool and then flipped upside down with the "passengers" strapped into it. There are generally four runs that must be successfully completed. Two of these are blindfolded. It is not fun.
Here today, GUAM tomorrow: received orders from one island to another island, as in ADAK to GUAM.
Hinge: slang for an O-4, or Lieutenant Commander (LCDR). So called because of the lobotomy that is supposedly mandated as soon as a naval officer is promoted to this rank, in which half of his brain is removed. A hinge is then inserted that allows for reattachment of the removed gray matter later. The hinge also limits the LCDR's head movement to the fore-aft axis. This is clearly demonstrated as the O-4 is constantly nodding in the affirmative and saying "Yes sir, yes sir..." when in the presence of the CO.
HIPAC: High Pressure Air Compressor.
HMFIC: Head Mother freaker In Charge. Refering to the senior ranking person for an assigned duty or task.
Hockey pucks: Swedish meatballs (also, trail markers, porcupines, road apples).
Hollywood Shower: to take a long shower that wastes water (See Navy Shower).
Holy stone: The stone or the act of using one. A pumice stone for cleaning a wooden deck. The name derives from the sailor stating that "anything that would cause a seasoned sailor to bend his knees, and curse the name of his maker must surely be holy."
Hooligan Navy: WWII Navy pejorative for the Coast Guard, from its flexibility in enlisting men discharged from other services to rapidly expand for Prohibition. (Term endures within CG.)
Hoover: slang for the S-3B Viking, mostly due to its unique engine noises
Horse Cock: Large log of baloney or overcooked kielbasa usually put out for lunch or mid rats. Horse Cock sandwich is one of the least favorite boxed lunches served to helo crews when visiting other ships.
Hot Dog: A sexually active male sailor.
Hot Racking or Hot Bunking: Submariners share racks. When one goes off, the other takes his place. (Three men share two racks). In the aviation community, 'hot racking' refers to an individual who has not taken a shower before retiring to his bunk, usually after working a 12-hour shift on the flight deck.
Hot Runner: Originally meant to describe a torpedo in the water (running hot, straight, and normal) but in addition, it applies to a NUB who is working very hard at qualifying and is ahead of schedule. A hot runner is the opposite of a dink. A hot runner goes above and beyond to get check outs and finish look ups.
HR Puff and Stuff: A nickname given to sailors who regularly appear for duty in a disheveled manner with their uniform in disarray. It is a combination of a rank (Hospital Recruit, the most junior Hospital Corpsman rank) and a name that connotates the obesity and stresses placed on the uniform of just such an overweight and careless sailor. Also used as an admonishment to junior corpsmen and dental techs in order to motivate them to perform regular uniform maintenance.
HT Punch: A mythical tool newbies are asked to fetch from the engineering spaces. They usually return with a sore arm, courtesy of a Hull Technician who is in on the joke.
Hull: The outer or inner hull?  Just kidding.  It keeps the outside outside and the inside inside: hold it: yeah that is good way of saying it is it not?
Hummer: slang for the E-2C Hawkeye, mostly for the sound of its props
Hurry Up and Wait: Duh!  Or (is it) Doh!
Hx: Heat Exchanger.  Example: Main Sea Water and the Steam go through the Main Condenser. The steam is condensed back to water because it was cooled by the sea water.  The sea water is heated by the steam and then discharged overboard.  Hence the matter of Heat Exchange.  Therefore, allowing us to reuse the the moisture in a closed loop system.  (Also refer to S/G for another example.)
Hz: Hertz
I Believe Button: a fictitious button to be pressed when complex technical details are not immediately understood, but there is not time to go into laborious explanation. "Just press the I believe button for now and we'll talk about it later."
IC: Interior Communications-man.  A rate that helps our Nuke EM’s out with the electrical onboard the ship.  Plus they do air samples and monitor non-nuclear wiring problems.  Used to be a Nuke rate.
Ice Cream Social: Ice cream that is typically served at 2100 on the mess decks on Sundays when underway.
ID10T: Idiot, pronounced "Eye-Dee-Ten-Tango." Similar to "bulkhead remover," an inexpensive way to derive enjoyment from inexperienced personnel. "Recruit, go get me an ID10T form, and step on it!"
IFBM: Instant freaking Boatswains Mate. "A" school washout assigned to deck force.
Ikeatraz: Derogatory term used to describe the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).
INT WTF: Letters Pronounced Individually. INTerrogative What The freak. See WTFO. Usually used in a text/teletype medium where WTFO is over voice communications.
INTEGRITY: The Corner-stone of The Navy Nuclear Power Program.
Irish Pennant: Loose thread on uniform.
Iron Bottom Sound: A term used to this day to describe the waters between Guadalcanal, Savo Island, and Florida Island in the Solomon Island chain, because of the large number of ships sunk in that area during World War II. It is considered by the Navy as sacred waters, and, every year during the commeration of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, a ship in the area will put out to sea, and drop a wreath in the area to honor the dead.
IYAOYAS: Unofficial acronym commonly found on the uniforms of airedales who specialize in ordnance handling. Read as "If you ain't ordnance, you ain't shit" Pronounced "eye-OH-yahs" and yelled out during ceremonies or also know as "If your ordnance, your asvab sucked."
Jack Off Curtain: The small privacy curtain hanging on the outside of a rack. Usually the only small bit of privacy found on a ship.
Jack-o'-the-Dust: a ship cook in charge of keeping track of the ship's food stores. Originally referred to the night baker who would often be seen by waking crew members covered in flour from his nightly duties.
JAFO: "Just Another freaking Observer," given to new recruits who are fresh in the fleet and have not cleared any training.
Jarhead: U. S. Marine.
JARTGO: Just Another Reason To Get Out. "A grain of sand on the beach of reasons to get out of the Navy."
JO: Junior Officer: Keep a close on all of your JO's.  Normally this is the case for ALL Junior personnel but more so here.
Jody: The generic name for the guy who is making time with your girl while you are underway.
Joe Navy: Another term for a lifer with no life outside the Navy.
Joe: or Cup of Joe Refers toa cup of coffee! Josephus Daniels (18 May 1862-15 January 1948) Secretary of the Navy Under President Woodrow Wilson Among his reforms of the Navy, abolished the officers wine mess, Which from that time on, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships could only be coffee and over the years, a cup of coffee became known as "a cup of Joe" and Later reduced to just "Joe".
John Sore Pennis - nickname given to the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis after making a port call in Australia and closing down all of the local brothels.
John Wayne: Derogatory reference to a sailor that takes too many chances, or attempts to constantly play the hero.
Johnny Cash's: Winter Working Blue uniform due to the fact that they are all black, called navy blue, and Johnny Cash was the man in black.
JO-JO: Pronounced "joe-joe." Derragoratory term for a JO.
JOPA: Junior Officer Protection Association. An ad-hoc organization of young division officers onboard some surface ships and in most aviation squadrons, assembled to provide a means of guidance and escape from overly-demanding Department Heads. When JOPA is unified it can control some wardroom social functions, but little else.
JORG: Junior Officer Requiring Guidance (see "George")
Junior Chief: Pejorative term to describe junior enlisted person who is kissing ass for a promotion or on a power trip, or both.
Junk on the Bunks: A type of inspection wherein a Marine places all of his/her issued clothing and 782 gear on a bunk (bed) so that an inspector can verify they have a full complement of uniform items (a full seabag).
Kahki Clad Bastards: See Kahkis.
Khaki Sacker: See Brown bagger
Khakis: Term used to describe senior enlisted members (E-7 and above) or officers, due to the khaki-colored working uniform typically worn by them.
Killer Tomato: A large reddish-orange inflated ball used in gunnery practice at sea.
Kimwipes: Oh boy, this one is going to get a lot of use.  Super absorbent paper towels.
Kiss the Camel: To fall between ship and pier onto the camel, a floating log chained to the pilings as a fender. Such a mishap is frequently fatal.
Klingon Death Watch: (Submarine Service) The 6 hour watch following 12 hours of continuous drills.
Knee-deep navy: Epithet (usually friendly) for the Coast Guard or coastal patrol vessels . Also knee-deep sailor, or just knee-deep(s).
Knee-knockers: A passageway opening through a bulkhead. The lower lip of the opening sits at shin height.
Knuckle Box: A medium sized, usually red, rectangular metal box widely used in the navy to move supplies to/from the ship. These boxes seem to have been designed by some sadist for maximum difficulty when carrying them aboard ship. They have small, useless metal handles on the side, and are perfectly sized so that you have to turn them at an angle to get through a knee knocker without grazing your knuckles.
Knuckle Buster: A pneumatic tool for removing perfectly good paint from steel.
Knuckle Dragger: A member of the engineering department or a mechanic on a nuclear powered vessel. Can also be used to describe a Boatswain's Mate on a surface vessel.
Ladderwell: Stairs. (This is a holdover from when all climbing was done by ladders.)
LBFM: Little Brown freak Machine. Derogatory term for a foreign prostitute or B-girl, usually Asian.
LBFMPBR: Little Brown freak Machine Powered By Rice. See above.
LBGB: Little bitty gook boat - the small indigenous fishing boats occasionally run over by the craft of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club.
LCDR: Lt. Commander.  Uh can you say ‘one away’ from Commander.
LDO Security Blanket - Good conduct ribbon. Even though an LDO can choose to wear only his/her top three ribbons, they never do; because they always have at least three higher than Good Conduct and they need to have that one on display lest they be mistaken for a real junior officer. LDOs need their Good Conduct ribbons every bit as much as Linus needs his security blanket.
LDO: Limited Duty Officer - generally a senior and highly qualified enlisted person (E6 - E8) who has earned a commission through a competitive process and continues to work in their field. By definition a technical manager.
Leading Airman/Seaman/Fireman: "Honorary" title for an individual who cannot seem to make PO3 within the firt six years of his enlistment.
Leave: Vacation time
LHO: Large Heavy Object. Useless piece of machinery.
Liberty Boat: Boat assigned to transfer sailors to and from their ship when in a port that requires the ship to drop anchor instead of pulling pierside. Trips to the beach are generally low key. Trips back to the ship in the wee hours of the night are usually very entertaining.
Liberty Hound: A sailor who loves liberty more than anything else
Liberty Risk: A sailor who loves liberty a little too much. So much so that he puts himself in danger by drinking too much, getting into fights, or pissing off the locals. May be effectively restricted to the ship at the next liberty by being assigned an insane amount of tasks to be completed before he can go to shore. Something like strip and wax ALL decks.
Liberty: Free time away from work or the ship, usually after working hours or in port. Differs from leave (see above) in that you must stay close to your home station and it is generally much shorter.
Lieu-freaking-tenant: illustrates Navy practice of including a swear word INSIDE another word
Lifer Dog: (See "Lifer," above) "Call me an A..hole, call me a cocksucker, call me a son-of-a-bitch; just don't call me a Lifer Dog."
Lifer Locker: Lounge used by E-6's onboard ship.
Lifer Stripe: The stripes located just above the cuff of the right sleeve on the service dress uniform that indicates four years of service per stripe.
Lifer: A person who has dedicated his/her entire life to the service of this country or 20 (plus) years whichever occurs first.
Light Side: Referring to the first half of power school (wks 1-12).  You go in when its light outside and you come out when its light outside.
Living the Dream: A sarcastic term used when someone is asked how they are, they reply with this which sounds upbeat and a positive term, and they are actually miserable. "How are you doing today PO Jones" "Living the dream Captain"
LMN: Lima Mike November. Lick My Nuts.
Load Toad (Load Dispatcher) - Senior Electrical Watch on Surface Ship.  Owns and in charge of the entire electrical plant on Carrier.
Lobster: An early designation of a female sailor; this was chosen due to most of the meat of the fish is in the tail, applicable to women's body curves.
LOCA: Loss of Coolant Accident.
Logs: A sheet of paper containing a lot of empty boxes that require some poor sailor to walk around and look at or operate an item to gain an accurate reading and then he ‘Log’s it for an Officer to review at some later time.  Normally takes long enough to not be able to get anything else done.   
Loop: An officer, usually a LT or LCDR, who is an admiral's aide. So called because of the gold braided loop that they wear around their arm.
LOST: Line Of Sight Tasking - when a senior officer, usually the XO, tasks the first poor bastard JO who walks across his path with some time-consuming, inane project that he knows absolutely nothing about.
Love Boat: (see also Tuna Boat) Term referring to a Subtender comprised primarily of female sailors. Also, a nickname for CVN-69.
LPO: Lead Petty Officer.  One in every division.  Reports to the Chief of that division.  Who in turn reports to the EDPO and Div-O.
LSO: Landing Safety Officer or Landing Signals Officer. On a carrier, this officer stands just to the port side of the landing area and talks to each pilot as he makes his approach for an arrested landing. On a "small boy," the LSO sits under a bubble on the flight deck and talks to helo pilots as they attempt to land in the Rapid Securing Device, or "trap." Both types of LSO are referred to as "Paddles."
LST: Tank landing ship, or "Large Slow Target," a now removed type of amphibious warfare ship.
LT: Is not a JO and should be given the respect he has earned.  But, he isn’t the Skipper and nor is he your XO.  He can be your Department Head and is a Force of nature.
LTDB: "Living the Dream Baby." Often used sarcastically in reference to Naval lifestyle.
Lucky Bag: Collected unclaimed personal items, or such things confiscated as gear adrift, which were auctioned to the crew on paydays.
Lucky Charms: Nickname for Tripler Army Medical Center, which due to its coral pink color and location in the Moanalua hills of Honolulu, is used as a navigational aid for ships sailing into Pearl Harbor.
LVW: Little Valid Work.
MAA- Master-at-Arms. A rate in the Navy similar in duties to a police officer.
Magic Smoke: Substance that makes naval electronics work. Equipment failure is usually caused by letting the smoke out.
Mail Buoy: A fictitious bouy that mail for a ship is left on. Usually new Sailors are given a mail buoy watch for the entertainment of the more seasoned Sailors.
Man Overboard: Hope that it's a drill.  This has cost us un-replaceable humans (sailors) over the last couple of years.  Be careful please.  In case of the real deal the boat immediately turns in the direction of the overboard sailor.  If you go over the port side we turn to the port.  This swings the screw away from the overboard sailor.
Manatee: A dependent wife, usually in Pensacola or Jacksonville that is Manatee fat even though her husband has maintained the same basic size during their marriage. Related to the Whidbey Whale
Mando Commando: Sailor assigned mandatory physical training (Mando PT) for being overweight or failing the Physical Readiness Test. OR, someone scheduled mandatory study hours at Nuke school due to poor performance.
Maneuvering: The control room in the engine room.  The EOOW and three other watch standers stand watch over the Rx plant / Electric plant / Throttle.  The three other watches are RO (Rx plant operator an ET) / EO (Electric plant operator normally an EM) / Throttleman (normally a EM but can be any of all the rates).
MARF: acronym used by a superior to a roving watchstander means Make Another Round, freaker. Also the acronym for one of the reactor training platforms based in NY (also phrased as My Ass is Royally freaked.)(FOAD is what most nuke students wish the platform would do.)
MARINE: acronym for Marines Always Ride in Navy Equipment...or Muscles are Required Intelligence Not Essential... or My Ass Really Is Navy Equipment..or My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment...or Muscles are Required Intelligence Not Expected.
MASH: Make A Sailor Hurt. Once used in boot camp to describe any physical training on the time of the Company Commander, and usually resulted in the recruit hitting the rack with several aches and pains he would not normally have.
Mast Crank: Fictitious crank usually impersonated by a Bull Gear crank from engineering, which is to be collected by a junior enlisted to crank down the mast while passing under a short bridge. But it amazingly disappears 30 seconds before it is needed, sending junior enlisted into a panic that the mast will hit the bridge under which the ship is about to pass.
Mast: Preceded by Captain's or Admiral's, but these are generally not spoken. A form of non-judicial punishment in which a sailor finds himself standing tall in front of the old man when he really screws the pooch. Green felt is usually abundant.
Mat Man: Electronics Maintenance Man
Maverick Can: The perfect place to sleep in a weapons magazine.
M-Div: Nuke MM division.
ME: Main Engines.
Meat Gazer: Unlucky individual designated to make sure the urine in a "Whiz Quiz" actually comes from the urinator's body. This is accomplished by spending all day meat gazing, or looking at dicks while guys are pissing. Also a man who stares at or is perceived to stare at another man's genitals in a communal shower.
Meat Identifier: A side dish during chow that helps in identifying usually nondescriptive looking main dishes. i.e. Applesauce: indicative of pork chops, Horseradish: Prime Rib Beef...etc.
Meatball: Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System, a visual landing aid used by naval aviators landing on a carrier.
Mess Crank or Mess Bitch: A sailor who works on the mess deck, not rated as a cook.
Mess Deck Intelligence: Rumors (mostly false) that spread throughout the ship like wildfire. Often concern radical changes to the ships schedule. See "Rumor Control" or "Scuttlebutt".
Mess Decks: Chow Hall or Eating Establishment on board ship.
Midnight Ops: The best time to get something done when there are not as many witnesses around.
Midnight Requisition: To "borrow" (with varying digress of consent) a needed item from another unit. Often condoned when essential to get underway.
Mid-Rats: Short for midnight rations. Leftover lunch and dinner plus PB and J.
MidShitHead: Enlisted common term for a Naval Academy or ROTC Midshipman on their summer cruise on a ship or a command, gaining real Navy experience between academic class years.
Mid-Watch: Watch from 0000-0400 (2345-0345), usually results in no sleep before or after this watch.
Mighty Mo: Nickname for the USS Missouri (BB-63), now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.
Missile Sponge: Usually a frigate or destroyer with limited air defense capability stationed on the outer ring of a battle group, as they are the ships most likely to be hit in a convoy.
MM: Machinist Mate.  Knuckle Dragger.  Cave-Man.  The best rate to be: period (though I'm a little biased).
Mobile Chernobyl: USS Enterprise (CVN-65), due to it being the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. See "Quarter Mile Island" below.
Motrin: A magical pill dispensed by hospital corpsmen capable, in their minds, of curing every ailment known to man including severed limbs and sucking chest wounds. Also called Vitamin M and Grunt Candy, the latter especially when dispensed to Marines.
Mouse House (Submarine Service): Ballistic Missile Submarine slang description of areas usually occupied by Missile Technicians. Also used to describe MCC (Missile Control Center).
Moving Haven: A submarines area of responsibilities.  Also its area of operation.
MSW: Main Sea Water.
MTS: Moored training ship.  Old boomer with the missile compartment cut out and chained to the bottom of the Ashley river in Goose Creek SC.
Mung (Submarine Service): Any dark green/brown plant residue with snot-like consistency found in/on scuppers. (Mostly in engineering spaces).
Mustang: An Officer who came from the Enlisted ranks.
Mx: Maintenance.
My Wife Chit: A special request that uses the wife as the excuse/justification for needing to be absent.
Mystery Shitter: An intoxicated sailor, who returns from the beach and is unable to safely reach the head, defecates in random locations prior to climbing into his or her rack to sleep it off.
NAMI Whammy: Slang for the incredibly in-depth two-day flight physical given to all prospective aviators at the Naval Aero-medical Institute at NAS Pensacola. Called the Whammy b/c many aspiring naval flight careers are ended before they even begin due to some unknown ailment.
NAS: Naval Air Station.  (Or, Norfolk Air Station)
Nasty City: Slang for National City, California, just outside the gate of Naval Station San Diego. It’s cheap dive bars were a noted hangout of "West-Pac Widows." Also answers to the name "National Shitty."
Natural Circulation: Some Rx Plants do it better than others.
Naval Infantry: Derogatory term for the U.S. Marines.
NAVCIVLANT/NAVCIVPAC: described as where a soon to be departing sailor from active duty's next station will be.
NAVPERS: Bureau of Naval Personnel. 
Navy Shower: not a form of punishment. While underway, fresh water must be manufactured. A common-sense way of saving it is to wet down while taking a shower and then TURN OFF THE WATER. Lather up and wash. Finally, TURN ON THE WATER to rinse off. Continual disregard WILL attract a punishment shower with scrub brushes.
NAVY: acronym used by disgruntled sailors for "Never Again Volunteer Yourself”,” Need Any Vaseline Yet".
NBC: (Not the broadcast company) Nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapons.
NCO: Non-Commissioned Officer.
NEC: Nuclear Enlistment Code.  A specific 4 digit code that identifies you by rate and training for placement (duty stations and watch-standing) and advancement.
Needs Of the Navy: You'll learn this one first hand.
NFG: Non-Functioning Gear - Used typically on Tags placed on electronics indicating malfunction description. Also called No F'n Good.
NFO: Naval Flight Officer - flies alongside the pilot as weapons officer. Also referred to as a "talking kneeboard".
NFQT: Nuclear Field Qualifying Test.
NFTI: Navy Fire fighting thermal imager.
Night-Ops: The throwing of trash or other unneeded items overboard at night to avoid the longer process of properly getting rid of it.
NJP: Non-Judicial punishment.  Refer to Mast.
NMOP: (common on Boommer Subs) No More Patrols Ever. Sometimes worn on T-Shirts by sailors who are on the last patrol and getting out or going to shore duty. (see EAOS above and Short timer below.)
NNPS: Navy (or Naval) Nuclear Power School.  Can mean the one school between ‘A school’ and Prototype.  Or, could mean all the schools depending on usage.
No Balls-Term used to suggest that a person does not have the testicular fortitude to perform the action that he claims he can/will do. Often spoken to female sailors out of sheer habit.
NO Boat: The USS New Orleans LPH-11.
No Load: A useless sailor. One who does not pull his share of the load. Named for the maintenance catapult shots where only the shuttle is moved down the track with no aircraft attached. Also possibly named to represent a generator that is providing no power to the system and therefore not taking on its share of the load.
NOB: Naval Operations Base.  (Or, Norfolk Operations Base)
No-freak, Vagina: Pejorative term for Norfolk, Virginia; often refers to the city itself instead of the base. For the base, see "Black Hole", above.
Non-Qual: (Submarine Service) A sailor who has not yet earned his Submarine Warfare Qualification (Dolphins).
Nonskid Wax: A fictitious substance used for waxing non-skid decks. Usually something junior Sailors are sent looking for.
Non-skid: A rough epoxy coating used for grip on weather decks.
Noodle-winger: Helicopter pilot.
NorVa: Norfolk Va.
No-Shitter: A sea story which is mostly (never completely) fictional, and unverifiable as well. Examples: "Hey, this is no shit, but I once blah blah blah..." or "Hey this is a no-shitter, I got a buddy who once blah blah blah..."
Noted: Usually passed down from an officer to a blue shirt, when the blue shirt tells the officer of something that will have little or no positive effect on the officer, but may have a great effect on the blue shirt. "Sir, if we do this thing now I can go home as soon as it's done." Officer: "Noted". Can also be said to an officer, but beware of over-usage.
NQP: "Non-Qual-Puke": A non-qualified crewman who is not yet able to stand watch. Also applies in the Submarine Service to a crewman who is not yet qualified in submarines.
NR1: I could tell ya' but then I'd have'ta kill ya'.
NUB: New Useless Body, Non-Usable Body or Nuclear Unqualified Body. Term referred to newly reported sailors with no qualifications or experience. Usually tasked with dirty and nasty jobs often referred to as "Shit Work".
Nuclear Waste: A pejorative term for sailors who exit the Nuclear Power training program without successful completion.
Nuke It Out: You should reason out a problem by eliminating obvious wrong answers. Used to encourage someone to put forth more effort before giving up on a problem.
Nuke It: You are over think an easy task.
Nuke Striker: Pejorative term used by nukes to describe a coner that asks endless questions about the operations of the nuclear power plant. Strikers are sailors that enlist without a guaranteed rate (job), with the intention of floating around until they find a department where they fit in. However, you can't strike for Nuclear Field.
Nuke Waste: Someone who doesn’t make it through the NNPS training program successfully.  They washout and return to the navy for what they trained in ‘A School’.  Sometimes they get re-assigned to another rate or extra schooling.
Nuke Welder: A MM that went to a real school after prototype.
Nuke: (alternate spelling "Nuc") (Submarine Service and CVNs) Engineering Department crewmember responsible for turning main shaft via atom-splitting. Also refers to ordnance type that is neither confirmed nor denied, which may or may not be handled by a different Department (See "Weaponettes," below). Also describes nerds (generally anyone who is/was a candidate for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command).
Nut to butt: Standing in line, close quarters, body to body, each man's chest pressed to the back of the man ahead, or "nut to butt".
NVW: No Valid Work.
O I (wish I was asleep): Derogatory remark made by any non-OS rate whenever a OS complains about how bad they have it, while underway, because OS's are almost always "Port & Starboard" when underway. OS's constitute "OI Division".
OBA: We had only 8 (I think...can't recall exactly now) onboard.  Not enough for the entire boat.  You have to go to a clean environment to change out the Chemical Agent Canister.
OBNOB: Only Black Nuke Onboard. Self-explanatory. Usually only found on submarines due to a significantly smaller number of nukes stationed onboard a submarine vis-à-vis a carrier.
Occifer: Pronounced "ossifur", it is a derogatory reference towards officers in general, particularly junior officers.
Officer: 13 to 14 (approximately 10% of the boats company) folks that make sure the enlisted clean.
Officer's Candy: Urinal cakes.
Officer's Country: Area of the ship where the Officer's berthing area, and Wardroom are located, Enlisted men are not allowed into Officer's Country without permission, with certain rating exceptions.
Often referred to by civilian instructors when explaing to baffled sailors the haphazard components that seem to work by sheer magic such as transistors, zener diodes, joint effect field effect transistors, shockley diodes, metal oxide field effect transitors, etc.
O-Gang: The wardroom. Officers are O-Gangers. See also A-Gang.
Old Man: The Commanding Officer on Admiral in command, referred as such regardless of gender. Term is usually used when CO has gained respect of subordinates. RADM Grace Hopper is one such example of a female "old man".
Old Salt: Naval veteran. See "Salty", below.
On my six: Naval aviation expression referring to having someone or thing at my back, on my tail, directely behind me, relative to the hours of a clock; 12-dead ahead, 3-starboard or to the right, 6 aft or behind and 9-port or to the left.
Onboard Submarines, often used as part of the overall phrase "Air Breathing No Load" meaning a useless sailor or rider who is using up resources and providing nothing in return.
One-eyed Jack - See "Barney Clark" A tasty treat served at midrats consisting of a slider topped with a fried egg.
O-N-O-F-F actuator (or switch): The on/off button or switch on any device, usually used in the context of a subordinate not grasping how to power a device up or down.
OOD: Officer of the Deck.
Operation GOLDENFLOW: A command-wide urinalysis test.
Operator: You will be remembered as a Good//Average/Poor operator.  How will you be remembered by your peers?
OPS: OPerationS Officer. Head of the Operations Department on board a ship, or shore command. The Operations Officer is usually third in command behind the Captain, and Executive Officer.
ORSE: Operational Readiness Safeguards Exam. 
OS trainer: derogatory term for a large popsicle. Apparently, Operations Specialists are expected to "brown-nose" with officers more than other ratings.
Oscar: The buoyant dummies used during man-overboard drills. Named for the Oscar flag that is flown during a man overboard evolution. Being "Nominated for an Oscar" can refer to a sailor being thrown overboard.
Ouija Board/Wee-Gee Board: Flat board with small airplanes, bolts, etc. that can be moved around to indicate aircraft position and status on an aircraft carrier
Out of Tolerance: Operating outside a specific range for a piece of equipment.  Or, not meeting a set value(s) during an evolution (mx or otherwise). 
Overhead: Ceiling.
Package Check: (Submarine Service) A common form of greeting where one man shakes another man's: crotch. This is done not only to test the 'mettle' of the one receiving the greeting but also as a sign of comraderie. However, ever since hazing became increasingly unpopular over the last few years this greeting has occurred less often. Much more common in the submarine service due to the impossibility of discharge while underway.
Paddles: code word for the LSO (see above)
Paper A..holes: Gummed Reinforcements (office supplies)
PAPERCLIP: People Against People Ever Reenlisting Civilian Life Is Preferable. Term used to show dissatisfaction with enlistment or unity amongst a brotherhood of bitter and disaffected sailors, specifically submariners. Often symbolized by the wearing of a paperclip on the uniform in varying levels of prominence to indicate the sailors level of disgruntlement. May also be burned into the skin. C.L.I.P. also used as Civilian Life Incentive Program.
Parasites: "They ate our food, slept in our racks while we hot-racked it, stood no watches and cleaned nothing."  Referring to all the Riders we carried from time to time.   (Quoted from Beer Court and labeled by honeycomb.)
Pass in Review: Term used to describe the ceremony of graduation from boot camp, into Navy life. Pass in Review ceremonies are always held on a Friday, meaning that there is a Pass in Review held every week, except during federal holidays i.e. Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, etc.
Patrol Sock: Sock used as a receptical for beating off during patrol. Usally thrown in the outboards of submarines and fished out by (N.U.B's). Can be identified by the color yellow or brown and are also usually stiff.
PB: short for Pacific Beach, California, suburb of San Diego
PBE: Protective Breathing Equipment.
PD-8: Fictitious valve requested to be found by junior sailor in order for an engineering qualification to be signed off. Valves are named with the initials of the system they belong to, ie Seawater valve 1 is SW-1. PD-8 is actually a chemical additive used in the evaporator to aid distillation of fresh water. As opposed to other in-joke shipboard goose chases, this one can go one for weeks while the nub spends his free time poking around the distillation plant.
Pecker-Checker: Derisive term for Hospital Corpsman
Penis Machinist: Another derisive term for Hospital Corpsman
Permanent Help: Slang for a PH (Photographer's Mate) in a fighter squadron.
Petty Officer: 115 to 140 men (onboard the boat) who wouldn’t clean anything if not told to do so by an Officer.
PFM: "Pure freaking Magic", term applied to when things work, but you don't know how, but they work. Often used as "The PFM circuit" for electronics in non-serviceable equipment whose inner workings are not required to be known.
Phone-Talker: Normally an EM.  But can be an ET.  And is only a MM if he has had 'hooked on phonics' lessons.  Lucky me.
Phrog: CH-46 Sea Knight helo. Also referred to as the "Whistling Shitcan of Death."
Piece: rifle, as used in manual-of-arms (rifle drill)
Pier 20: Degrogatory term used to describe the U.S.S. Mt. Whitney (LCC-20), as it rarely goes to sea.
Pier-Queer: Air Force term for Sailor (as opposed to the Navy term for Air Force personnel which is simply "queer".)
Pig: Nickname for Submarines.
Pig: The name of the device used to read your TLD.
Pigs in a Bucket, freak it: Colorful rhyming term used when a sailor wants to forget what they have heard, seen, or done.
Pillows of Death: Ravioli
Pineapple Fleet: The Pacific Fleet, usually refers to the Seventh Fleet (in the western Pacific) and specifically to ships stationed in Pearl Harbor. Somewhat confusing term, as Pearl Harbor is considered part of the Third Fleet's area, and not the Seventh.
Ping Jockey: Term used to describe Sonar Techs
Ping: To emit a pulse of sound energy from a SONAR transmitter.
Pisser: a urinal (not a toilet).
Pit: A sailor's rack or bunk. Usually used among those who aren't particularly pleased with shipboard life.
Plan of the Day: Refer to Theory.
Plan of the Week: Refer to Theory.
Plastic Cow: A very bad tasting cow.  After the milk (real milk that is) is gone.  This will be your source of milk.  Funny but you can go through hundreds of gallons of milk and never go through the first gallon of ‘plastic cow’.
PLO: Propulsion Lube Oil.
PM(S): Preventative Maintenance (Schedule)
PM: Private Mail. Or, Preventative Mx.
POD (Plan of the Day): An official document issued by a command that states all activities going on that day, from 0000 to 2359. Also contains the Uniform of the Day. Also called the Possibilities of the Day or Plan of Deception due to the plan can change without notice.
POG (Person other than a Grunt): A term often used by Marine Infantry (Grunts) to refer to anyone who is not them. Specifically anyone in an Admin Field.
Pogey Bait: candy, sweets, ice cream, etc., so called because such items are used as "bribes" for POGs
Polish a Turd: Make the most of a bad situation e.g. Karlene Golding wearing make-up.
Pollywog: An individual who has not crossed the Equator, who must go through rituals, which sometimes cross the line to be hazing, to become a shellback. This practice can be traced back hundreds of years and is conducted in many countries Navies across the globe. See crossing the line.
Poopie Suit: Coveralls (uniform) and sneakers are the uniform of the day underway.
Poopsick: Anything undesirable, specifically feeling seasick
Poopysuit: Blue overalls worn when deployed out to sea.
Port and Report: A watch stood without relief. One designated Port, and the other... wait, there is no other... only Port once again, hence the term re-Port.
Port and Starboard: A rotation of two duty sections or watch teams, one designated port, and the other starboard. Generally not considered to be a good situation.
Port: Left side of the boat or ship (when facing the bow). Left side of an aircraft when facing the nose from inside. Place of arrival for ships.
Portable Air Sample (Submarine Service): A snipe hunt gag inflicted on "newbies." Normally, portable air samples are regularly collected by a hand-held device operated by a highly qualified crewmember. In this snipe hunt gag, however, a plastic garbage bag is inflated like a balloon and sealed, sometimes with "official" forms taped to the exterior; the newbie is then dispatched to take this important atmospheric sample to the Executive Officer (NEVER the Skipper). Depending on that particular XO's sense of humor, the newbie could possibly come back with interesting counter-orders.
Powder Monkey: Term referring to a sailor sent back and forth for an item, usually tasked to retrive something from below-decks; Derives from young boys who served on wooden ships that retrieved powder for broadside firing.
Power School: Refer to NNPS.
PQS: Personnel Qualification Standards, a card carrying various qualifications for a warfare badge or similar. Must be signed off by a superior or expert.
Prima Donna: No it isn't something on the menu for chow.  If you ever get qualified and report to a Nuclear Ship then your non Nuke shipmates will call you this from time to time.  Heck even your Nuke Shipmates will call some of you this.  Because you are shipmate.  Get used too it.
Pro Pay: Yes you are a Nuke: you get pro pay.
Procedure(s): A Very Specific routine to any job you perform.  Everything you do has a procedure.  You will always have it out and at arms length.  You will always use the procedure.  Unless during an Emergency and you need to take immediate actions (especially if they are memory items).
Prototype: The last of the NNPS schools.  Actual hands on the Nuclear Power Equipment.
PRT: Physical Readiness Test. A sailor is required to perform a certain number of sit-ups, pushups, and a 1.5-mile run in a given time (which varies based on age and gender).
PT: Physical Training. A required exercise regimen.
Pucker Factor: Tension caused by high stress during a difficult or dangerous evolution. So named because your sphincter tends to tighten up or "pucker" involuntarily during such times. Example: Pucker factor was high when he landed that Turkey single engine with complete AC power failure at night.
Puddle Pirate: A derogatory term for members of the US Coast Guard.
Puke: Normally proceeded by Navy when spoken from the other branches of the services.  Or, something your buddy does while transiting out to submerge.
Pump and Dump: Term in Boot Camp normally used by RDC's allowing Recruits time to use the Head. This was normally either 5 or 10 minutes in duration. Never long enough.
Pump: A means of motive flow.  Positive displacement or Centrifugal to name a few.
Pushbutton: term applied to a 6 year enlistee with advanced schooling. The Enlistee is immediately granted E-3 rank upon completion of basic training, and E-4 rank upon completion of "A" school. Frequently the Enlistee also has an opportunity to extend to 8 years, and immediately gain E-5 rank within 2-3 years total service, like "pushing a magic button to gain rank".
P-way: Short for passageway or a hall.
PWR: Pressurized Water Reactor.  It is the only kind the U.S. Navy operates.
Q: Unaccompanied military personnel housing. Someone in the Quartermaster rating.
QAI: Quality Assurance Inspector.  (Is a Nuke MM in almost all circumstances.)
Quadball: four numeral zero's in a row. Example: 100007 would be read aloud as "one quadball seven". Also refers to sailors who have yet to attend any schools that assign NEC (Navy Enlisted Classification) codes upon graduation. The untrained sailors have a quad ball NEC of 0000.
Qual Card(s): You will have lots of these during your career.  Every-time you change ships/duty stations.  Every-time you want to qualify a watch station.  Every piece of new/old gear you must operate or become a QAI.  Heck there is a qual card for becoming an instructor at SubTraFac NorVa.  Here is a link to 'Qualifications' on the Navy Forums at NukeWorker(.com):,8473.0.html
Qualified: A reference to the fact that you have completed ALL Required Qual Cards for your designation/billet/NEC and ships qualified.  Yes at this point you can enjoy some bunk time (ie sleep), a movie or even some playing cards with the fella's.
Quarter Mile Island: CVN65, USS Enterprise, and all eight of her reactors.
Quarterdeck: Ceremonial area of the ship used while in port for either boarding, or disembarking the ship, usually found at the main deck level, midship.
Quarters: A gathering of all the people in the organization. Quarters can be for the entire command, or just the department, division, or branch. Quarters is used to present awards, pass information, and make every sailor squeeze into their ill-fitting, rarely-worn uniforms at least once a year.
Queer: nickname for the EA-6B Prowler. Also Air Force Personnel.
R114's: Ahhhh industrial strength Air Conditioning.
R2D2: Dome shaped phalanx weapons system. Named for the (look alike)droid of Star Wars fame.
Rack Burns: Reddish marks seen on the face of a sailor who has just emerged from sleeping in his/her rack. Scorned upon if he/she was not supposed to be there.
Rack Hound: (Derogatory but usually with a hint of envy) Sailor that spends more than his/her fair share of time in the "Rack". Usually spoken when seeing somebody with Rack Burns; "You are such a Rack Hound!".
Rack: Bed.
Rack: Synonymous with 'Bunk'.  Can be followed with "burn", describing the lines on your face just after waking up.
Radcon Math: Term used by Navy Nukes, specifically ELT's, when numbers magically add up to equal the desired sum.
Radioactive Rudolph: Reindeer meat brought onboard in Scandanavian Ports, especially soon after the Chernobyl meltdown. Now, just Rudolph.
Radioing the logs: (Submarine Service, surface ships sometimes use the term "Blazing the logs," or simply gundecking) Recording engineering log data via mental telepathy.  Bad synonymous with Un-good Shipmate.  You'd be lucky with just Mast and De-Nuking.
Rain Locker: Shower
Raisin: Recruit or junior sailor, predominantly heard at Naval Training Commands. Usually used by seasoned A-School students to refer to sailors with one or more weeks less time in service. Fleet equivalent is "Nub," "Newbie," or "Hey Shitbird."
Ramp Strike: When an aircraft gets drastically low while attempting to land on a carrier and strikes the "round down," or stern of the ship, with devastating results.
Rate Grabber: enlisted member with the goal of (and succeeding in) making rate (promotion)quickly.
Rates such as ET and AT who "tweek" electronic components to make them work again (rarely).
Rating: Refers to an Enlisted man's job description, i.e. Radioman, Electronic's Technician, etc., usually denoted as part of the rank insignia, found in the center of the rank device on the summer, and winter uniforms only.
Rats: Short for "mid-rats"
RATT Shop "Place for flight deck personnel to cool off in the AC and take a nap while they get there "RATT" fixed.
RCP(s): Reactor Coolant Pump(s).
RE Div - Reactor Electrical Division equivalent to E-Div on submarines regarding the surface navy. 
Ready Room: large space aboard a carrier that is the focal point for each of the squadrons in the airwing. Each squadron has one on the O-3 level, and each pilot has his own seat. Used for a variety of reasons such as training, "AOM's," "Roll-ems," etc...
Reality: A day at sea helps this moment occur and re-occur frequently.
Red Sounding: Bad synonymous with (very) UN-GOOD.  A close call with the bottom of the ocean/sea floor.
Red-Roper: Slang for a Recruit Division Commander (RDC), in reference to the red rope worn around the left shoulder. Used to be called "Company Commander."
Red-Tag (v): For some reason, what Calibration AT's (with no nuclear training) can do to a piece of nuclear reactor machinery which (should) put part of the plant down.
Reduction Gears: Yes they reduce the ME rpm to a suitable shaft rpm.  We lease them.  The government can not afford them.  Don't mess them up please.
Reefer: Refrigeration ship carrying frozen foods.
Render honors to port: A custom in the Navy to honor a ship passing on the port side with a salute, it is also used when entering Pearl Harbor, and passing by the Arizona Memorial, on all naval ships, an announcement is made "Prepare to render honors to port,(ships name)" a signal is then given to stand at attention, then, to salute, then, to drop the salute, and finally, to "carry on."
Rent-A-Crow: Term for a sailor advanced to E-4 because they graduated top of their "A" school class. The Navy 'rents' them for an extra year in return for being promoted.
Rick or Ricky: A "recruit" or Sailor-to-be still in boot camp.
Ricky Boxing: A boot camp term for sailors masturbating.
Ricky Crud: One-night sickness in boot camp after receiving Smallpox vaccination. More correctly the constant cold that one has from spending 8 weeks confined with 80 people from all walks of life.
Ricky Dive: Fast, effective method of cleaning in boot camp, consisting of wearing smurf suits inside-out and sliding, or being dragged, on the floor to pick up dust.
Ricky Fishing: A boot camp term for female sailors masturbating.
Ricky Forklift: A boot camp term for a dust pan.
Ricky Girlfriend: Your right hand.
Ricky Heaven: A number of restaurants and entertainment venues found in a single building at boot camp, so called because only graduates of boot camp may go there.
Ricky Iron: Using your right hand to press your uniforms flat.
Ricky Lawnmower: Nail clippers, used to trim stray threads from uniforms. See "Irish Pennant".
Ricky Ninja: A boot camp Urban legend that involves several Rickies dressing up in all black and stealing around in the middle of the night, tying Recruit Division Commanders to their racks and causing all sorts of mischief. Also being woken at 0'dark thirty to PT. The lights are not allowed to be turned on until 0500 so you PT in the dark.
Ricky Rocket: A boot camp "energy drink" made from an assorted mix of sodas, sports drinks, coffee, sugar and artificial sweeteners used to help keep the recruit awake. Also known as "Go-Go Juice". Or half a glass of coffee, half chocolate milk and a shit ton of suger.
Ricky Sweep: Using a bare hand to gather dust bunnies and other dirt from a deck.
Rider: most often associated with the submarine service; an individual aboard a submarine not a member of the crew who is assigned to the sub for a period of time to perform a specific mission; usually intelligence related.
Ring Knocker: A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Used pejoratively if the officer in question is overly proud of this fact.
River Rat: Crew member of a brown water boat or patrol craft.
RL-Div.: ELT Division.  A collateral duty (ELT that is) for some M-Div'ers.  Or, a full time job for other M-Divisions.  It changes from Boat to Boat.
RM Div - Reactor Mechanical Division equivalent M-div on submarines regarding the surface navy.  Except that on a surface ship M division nukes work in and on the nuclear plant running the auxiliaries and steam plant.  While RM division does the reactor plant systems.
RO: Rx Operator.
Road Mark: Also referred to as a "Street Mark," a form of point deduction during Boot Camp, when a sailor is either out of step during marching, failure to salute an officer, or an RDC, or any other form of noticable infraction, the infraction usually results in a deduction of five points form the company's overall score.
ROAD Program: Retired On Active Duty, refers to someone who is approaching retirement so they don't care about getting any real work accomplished.
Roast Beast: Roast Beef, or any meat served aboard the ship that even the cooks who prepared it don't know what it is.
Rock: Term used to describe a sailor that acts as though he hasn't learned anything.
Roger That: A term of understanding and acceptance when given an order or other information. Can be used with varying inflection and tone without consequence to signify enthusiasm or disgruntledness without stepping outside the bounds of professionalism.
Roll-em's: Movie night, usually shown in the ready room or the wardroom
Rollers: Hot dogs.
Rope and Choke: Highly advanced and ultra accurate way the Navy determines the body mass index of people who are deemed too heavy for their height. Consists of an overweight fitness "guru" measuring your waist and neck.
Ropeyarn: Original-Taking an afternoon off, usually a Wednesday, to take care of personal matters, such as repairing your uniforms. Today- taking an afternoon off to take care of 'personal matters'.
Rot-Cee Nazi: Derogatory slang term for an ROTC member that has let his power go to his head. Primarily used when ROTC members board a ship for training, and begin to start pushing around enlisted sailors. An ROTC member does not yet hold a military rank, and are often quickly brought in line when they step out on an enlisted sailor with time in service.
Rot-Cee: Slang for ROTC, Reserve Officer Training Corp.
Rotor Head: Sailor who flies or maintains rotary-winged aircraft (helicopters).
RPM(s): Rx Plant Manual(s).
RPM: Revolutions Per Minute.
RTFQ: Read the Freak'in Question.  You'll see this on your tests when don't read the question asked of you.
Rubber Hooeys: condoms
Rumor Control: The often wildly inaccurate rumors that concern fictitious changes to the ship's schedule. Usually takes the form of "Hey, did you hear <insert ship name here> had a fire in their main machinery room and can't get underway so our cruise got extended by a month?" See also "Mess Deck Intelligence".
Rx SCRAM: Rod Insertion.  Rx is going to be shut down by this action.
Rx: Reactor.
S/G: Steam Generator.  (A big Hx.)
S5W: S(ubmarine) 5 W(estinghouse).  A type of propulsion plant and rx design. 
S6G: S(ubmarine) 6 G(E).  A type of propulsion plant and rx design. 
Sail: The fairing that protects the scopes and masts.  Often hardened to break ice.
Salt and Peppers: Refers to the old style working white uniform, where the sailor wore a white shirt, and black pants. Today, Salt and Peppers are worn by cooks that work in a ships wardroom.
Saltpeter: Chemical supposedly added to "bug juice" aboard ship to stifle libido.
Salty: Old and experienced (or simply old and sea-worn, as in "my salty hat"). Can also refer to the traditionally profanity-laced language patterns of sailors.
Sand Crab: Civil servant working for the Navy. As in "side stepping beach creature"
Sandbox, The: The pier liberty facilities at Jebel Ali. Sandbox Liberty means travel outside the port of Jebel Ali is not authorized. All you get is a "beer on the pier". See "Gerbil Alley".
Scrambled Eggs: Gold embroidered decoration on a Commander's/Captain's cover. Admirals have Double Eggs. The similar silver clouds and lightning bolts addition to an Air Force Major's hat is called Farts and Darts.
Screaming Alpha: A sailor who is on fire and is running around screaming. Alpha fires leave ash. Bravo fires burn flammable liquids. Charlies are electrical fires, and Deltas burn exotic materials, often metals like magnesium. Derived from the A, B, C, and D-classes used for fire extinguishers (even civilian ones).
Screw: Propeller
Screwing the Pooch: Term used when a sailor makes a huge mistak
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Scullery: Washroom for eating implements such as knives, forks, trays, and cups.
Scupper (Surface Navy): Opening in a bulwark which allows water to drain overboard. (Submarine Service): A funnel like device used to collect rogue liquids usually from overflowing tanks in engineering spaces, free openings to the outside being frowned on in submarine design.
Scupper Trout: Sewage solids or turds being washed overboard, or floating turds in the ocean which have been pumped overboard.
Scuttlebutt: Drinking fountain or rumor (originated from the rumors that would be spread on board ship while gathered about the water barrel).
SCWS: Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (ESCWS for enlisted sailors)
SDO: Ships Duty Officer.
Sea and Anchor Detail: Every sailor has an assigned duty station to be manned when the ship is either pulling into or out of port. On submarines it's called the Maneuvering Watch. (Coast Guard: Special Sea Detail.)
Sea chest: n. A trunk or storage container used for a sailors personal property.
SEA DAD: (ie Mentor) The most important person in your miserable little submarine non-qual'ed puke life.  A qualified operator from your division that takes you under his wings and shows you the ropes.  Answers questions.  Gives you the ever occasional kick in the butt to motivate your sorry excuse of a non-qual self.  Wink
Sea Daddy: Senior, more experienced sailor who unofficially takes a new member of the crew under his wing and mentors him. Senior Enlisted Advisor a CPO in charge of your career.
Sea Lawyer: An argumentative, cantankerous or know-it-all sailor. A sea lawyer is adept at using technicalities, half truths, and administrative crap to get out of doing work or anything else he doesn't want to do, and/or to justify his laziness.
Sea Otter: Seaopdetter; a member of a Sea Operational Detachment (SEAOPDET).
Sea Pay: If you get some Sea Time you get some Sea Pay.
Sea Stories: Often exaggerated or embellished tales from previous deployments or commands told by seniors to juniors. Sea Stories almost always involve alcohol. Good sea stories should involve creative embellishment, in as much as you should tell it better than the guy you heard it from, with yourself (or an un-named "buddy") as the new star. Add some contemporary details and those youngsters are mesmerized, as they should be.
Sea Time: Yes you need some to appreciate us 'Ole Salts' and our abrasive nature.
Seabag locker: A room, usually on board ship, where extra uniforms or item materials are placed until needed.
Seabag: A large green canvas bag issued to the sailor during boot camp as part of his uniform issue, the nearest civilian equivalent would be a suit case or several pieces of luggage, the seabag is constructed to hold close to 150 lbs.
Seachest: Ballast intake/discharge portals below the waterline of a ship.
Seaman Schmuckatelli: Generic name for a sailor, used in a similar manner as "Joe Blow" or "John Q. Public". Example: "You're working on an electrical system without tagging it out, when along comes Seaman Schmuckatelli, who energizes the circuit and ZAP, you're fried calamari."
Seaman Timmy: Generic name for a sailor who has fouled up in some ghastly way, but who's identity is not known (or self-admitted). Typically a group is questioned about the foul up and the questioner is left to blame it on Seaman Timmy.
Secure: In general, to prepare something for stormy travel -- to secure a window is to shut it. However, it's often used as a stronger form of "cut it out," as in "talking is secured" or "I'm going to secure your mouth if you don't shut the hell up" or "your fruity ways are secured, Fireman Radomski."
Senile Chief: Slang for Senior Chief
SERP: Senior Enlisted Rest Period. The Chief is going to his rack for an hour or so after chow.
Shaft Seals: (Not a Mammal) A series of mechanical interlocking devices that seal the sea water from getting inside of the boat from around the shaft.
Shallow Water Ops: If you are a SDV/special 'Boat' then you'll do plenty of this.  Operate in Shallow Water. 
Shark bait: A package of bright green dye, attached to a life vest. Used to attract the attention of a rescue helicopter in the event of a man overboard by the victim in the water.
Shell Back: An initiation (of sorts) for crossing the equator.
Shellback: An individual who has crossed the Equator.
Sherwood Forest: (Submarine Service) missile area, on a boomer
Shinbuster: Same as knee-knocker.
Ship over: re-enlisting
Ship'ie: Short for Shipmate.
Shipmate: Any fellow Sailor. Also, used as a derogatory term against all junior enlisted personnel i.e. E-5 and below. An Officer, Chief or First Class will use this to show they think so little of you, they haven't bothered to take the time out of their day to learn your name. Used in the Junior Enlisted Community to parody this.
Shipwreck: Any fellow sailor. Used as a derogatory term.
Shit Can: Either the name for a trash can, or the act of throwing something into the trash. As in "Shit can that chit, your not getting any liberty."
Shit in a Seabag: Stuffed green peppers.
Shit Locker: An ass, or rear-end. Often used to describe attractive females as in "Nice shit locker."
Shit Storm: Severely unpleasant aftermath. As in, "They just found a dead rat in the deep fat fryer and now the cooks have a shit storm on their hands."
Shitbird: Used as a derogatory term for SHIP YARD workers when in port.
Shitbomb: Extremely unpopular topic brought up at the end of a (usually long and boring) meeting that requires a lot of work from everyone present. The worst ones are "drive-by shitbombs," where someone pokes their head in, "throws the shitbomb," and leaves.
Shit-on-a-shingle: Creamed chipped beef on toast.
Shitter: a toilet (not a urinal).
Shitty Kitty: Derogatory nickname for the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk (CV-63).
Short Seabag or Without a Full Seabag: Reporting aboard without a full uniform; deficient in aptitude or intelligence.
Short Timer: A sailor with less than 90 days until discharge or transfer and an attitude to match.
Short Timer's Chain: A chain that hangs from the belt of a "short timer" for all to see, with one link representing a day, (signifying too short to care) and usually starts with 30 links. Any more than 30 links will give an attitude to their superiors. Verbal equivalent is "__ days and a wake-up".
Shower Tech: Sonar Technician (Submariner)
Shutterbug: A Photographer's Mate (PH).
Sick Call: Never been there.  Couldn't tell ya' anything about it.  I hear they have sick people there.
Sick in Quarters (SIQ): When a sailor is too ill or incapacitated to perform his duties, he is thus required to report to his rack (quarters), where he will remain until healthy again. For personnel aboard ship, this means to remain in bed, while onshore this may simply mean to stay home for the day. Only qualified medical personnel can recommend SIQ, and only the command can authorize it.
Sierra Hotel: Phonetic letters for SH, which stands for "Shit Hot." Refers to anything impressive or greatly exceeding what is required.
Sims: Simulators
Single up: During the act of getting underway, an order to "Single up all lines," is given. This refers to the fact that the lines that are used to keep the ship moored to the pier are often doubled up, and require removal of first one coil of line, then, another, before the ship can move away from the pier.
Sink: A place that the ELT's get together, and spend long quality time stroking each others ego, while taking Primary Samples.
Skate Golden: the ability to "skate" out of work while being assigned to a 7 man working party undetected.
Skate: Sailor who avoids work in general while not being detected; for example the ability to "skate" out of work undetected while being assigned to a 14 man working party.
Skateboard: A clipboard full of random papers carried as a skating prop, to provide a visual "excuse" for wandering around the ship.
Skater: Sailor who gets away with doing no work.
Skeds-O: Schedules Officer
Skidmark: The shit stains that you get in your underwear (see Skivvies) that are the result of wiping with cheap government toilet paper
Skimmer, Skimmer Puke: Surface sailor
Skipper: Refer to CO or Captain.
Skipper: Term used in reference to the Commanding officer of any Ship, Unit, Platoon, or Detachment regardless of rank. Generally only applied to someone who has earned the speaker's respect.
Skittles: Sailors who work on the flight deck of a carrier. So named due to the different colored jerseys they wear. For the same reason, they are sometimes referred to as "Wiggles".
Skivvies: underwear.
Skivvy waver: Signalman (because of signal flags)
Skosh: Perilously close to minimum acceptable levels. Example: The F-5 usually lands skosh on fuel.
Skylarking: Messing around or not doing assigned work. Skating. Derives from the physical activities done by sailors to dislodge an aground sailing ship from the bottom. 'All hands lay aft (forward) for dancing and skylarking.'
Slick Sleeve: A sailor in the E-1 paygrade who does not have a rating, and who has not yet graduated from Apprentice training. Therefore, his left sleeve is "slick", or has no rate or rating insignia at all.
Sliders: Mess deck/chow hall hamburgers/cheeseburgers, so named for their high grease content and purported ability to 'slide' through the alimentary canal.
SMAG: Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT). Stands for either "Simple Minded Ass Grabbers" or "Sometimes Mechanic, Always Gay". To ELTs, it's "Superior Mechanic, Almost God".
Small Boy: Term referring to smaller class ships, such as destroyers and frigates.
Smoke Pit: Designated smoking area. This is almost always used when ashore.
Smokin' and Cokin': (pronounced Smokin', and Cokein') Derogatory nickname used to describe an unauthorized break, where a sailor takes a smoke break, and grabs a soda out of a vending machine. Also termed as Smokin' and Jokin'.
Smoking Lamp: is out or lit in specified spaces or throughout the ship; 1MC announcement specifying where smoking is permitted or prohibited during certain hours or operations.
Smoking Sponson: designated smoking area aboard aircraft carriers, usually right below the flight deck on the exterior of the ship's hull. A great place to catch up on scuttlebutt and unwind after a long day.
Smooth Crotch: A surface sailor
Smurf Suit: Set of blue sweatpants and sweatshirt issued on arrival at boot camp; worn for the first several days and thereafter used mostly for PT.
Smurf: A recruit who is in his first few days of boot camp who hasn't been issued uniforms yet, and thus wears a "Smurf Suit" (see below).
SNAFU: Situation Normal All Fouled Up.
SNAFU: Situation Normal All freaked Up
Snake Eaters: Special Forces personnel such as Navy SEAL's, Green Berets, etc...
Snipes: Sailors assigned to the Engineering rates, i.e. Machinists Mates, Boilermen, Enginemen, Pipefitters, Damage Controlman, Hull Technicians, Electricians.
Snivel: To request time off or to not be scheduled, usually for personal reasons. Most schedule writers will have a "snivel log" for such requests, which may or may not be granted based on the needs of the unit and the sniveler's standing with the schedules officer (Skeds-O).
SNOB: Shortest Nuke on Board. Term used to refer to the lucky nuke who gets out of the Navy next. This term usually only applies to nukes who have not re-enlisted (i.e. "first-termers"). In rare cases, the S.N.O.B. voluntarily relinquishes his/her title to a "second-termer" that gets out of the Navy earlier who exhibits extreme disgruntlement and is generally accepted by the "first-termers" as one of their own. This person would be given the title of "Honorary S.N.O.B."
Snot Locker: The storage area for snot - a person's nose.
SOAC: Submarine Officer Advance Course The school before the department head tour that teaches the officers who to not stand watch and to ensure the JOs are keeping the enlisted cleaning.
SOBC: Submarine Officer Basic Course The school following prototype that teaches JOs how to ensure the enlisted keep cleaning.
Socked-in: When the ceiling and visibility at an airfield or over an air-capable ship are below minimums for takeoff and landing.
Sonar Girls: Derogatory term used for the Sonar Technicians on a Submarine. They have the relatively least physical rate (sitting, watching a screen), no grease or machinery to deal with, and yet usually shower before and after each watch.
SONAR: Yes we have it.  It works good and lasts a long time.
Sorry Sarah: USS Saratoga.
SOS: Same as Shit-on-a-shingle.
Sougee: To scour; sougee powder = generic term for scouring powder, although in yachting refers to a chemical cleaner.
Sound Powered Phones: Yes they work on the principle of sound and require no power.  They even have their own hand crank to call another station (‘growling’) therefore being self-contained phone system.  The EOOW (or SRO) can monitor the 2JV via the ‘White-Rat’ in maneuvering if you don’t wish to ‘growl’ them.
Soup Sandwich: any situation or individual that is FUBAR. Sometimes referred to by specific ingredients, e.g. Split-pea on Rye.
Sparky: Electricians.
Spec: (An abbreviation for Specification.)  A specific value to attain.  Out of tolerance 'spec.'(s) get the attention watch-standers.
Special Boat: (Could mean NR1 but) Most frequently means a boat that carries SEaL's/SDV teams and or NBC onboard.
Speed Screw: A speed'ie version of the normal screw.  Refer to Screw.
SPLIB: Special Liberty, Comp-Time.
Split Tails: Female sailors. Used more often in the early days of surface ship integration.
SPM(s): Steam Plant Manual(s).
Spook: Usually a IS, CT or some kind of intelligence type.
SPU: Staff Pick-Up. Individuals that finish the training pipeline and instead of going out to sea like everyone else, stays behind and teaches in the pipeline.
Spudlocker: Area below the ramp of an aircraft carrier. Landing in the spudlocker results in a broken aircraft and is often fatal. Also used for a potato (spud) storage room.
Spunk: Cool Whip or anything like it.
Squat to Pee: A technician on a nuclear powered vessel or (Submarine Service) a derogatory term for a submarine crewman that is not doing his fair share of the work.
Squid(ly): A Navy Puke.  A condescending effigy used to provoke a butt whoop’in by most sailors.  Used most frequently by Marines.  Which in turn requires a facilitation in communication of the non-verbal kind.
Squid: A surface warfare sailor, as opposed to one of the other warfare communities. Increasingly becoming used to represent ALL sailors, however.
Squidette: The feminine version of Squid.
SRO: (In the navy it is the) Shutdown Rx Operator. 
SRW: Shutdown Roving Watch.  Refer to Engine Room Shutdown Roving Watch.
SS: Submarine Service.
SSBN: Boomer.  Ballistic Missile Submarine.  Blue and Gold (two crew operations).
SSDD: Same Stuff Different Day.
SSN: Fast Attack.  Hunter Killer.  Escort/Shadow Boat.  Sometimes a Special Boat or Shallow Water Ops Boat.  Occasionally has VLS to make it a more versatile Boat. 
SSTG: Ship Service Turbine Generator.
Stacking: The act of crapping on top of some one else’s crap when the toilets are secured.
Star tight: see "Gronk"
Star Torque: Used frequently by MM's.  (Hint: Torque it till you see Star's).
Starboard: Right side of the boat or ship (when facing the bow). Right side of an aircraft when facing the nose.
Stateroom: Never been there: can’t tell anything other than officers say they sleep there.  The CO’s and XO’s staterooms are very nice (but small). 
Steel Beach Picnic: Celebration on the weather decks of a ship. Usually involving near beer and barbecue.
Steinke Hood: For emergency escapes from the escape trunks.  Named for its inventor, is a device designed to aid escape from a sunken submarine.
Stepping in the shit: Refers to a sailor that has made a mistake so large, that it comes to the attention of the Commanding Officer, who instantly begins chewing him out on the spot, Usually remarked on before the Commanding Officer appears, e.g. "Oh, man, did you just step in the shit".
Stepping out: When a junior sailor often gets into a shouting match with a more senior enlisted man: i.e. a Seaman/Airman/Fireman, getting out of line with a Chief Petty Officer. Usually results in one of two things, either NJP, or a fist fight.
Sticks: The levers in the Maneuvering Room of a diesel submarine that are used to change the settings for the main propulsion motors.
Striker: Sailor receiving on-the-job training for a designated field (or rate)
Stroked Chit: Refers to a form of point deduction during boot camp, a stroked chit is a loss of five points to the company per grading period (one week) until Pass in Review.
Sub Pay: Yes you get it.
Sub School: Only enlisted NON-Nukes go to sub school.  (Officer Sub School is a different subject.)
Submarine Shower: A stick of deodorant and go.
SubTraFac: Submarine Training Facility.
Sucking Rubber: (Submarine Service) Extended periods wearing Emergency Air Breathing devices (EABs), A full-face air mask similar to that worn by firefighters, except fed from ship's emergency air system rather than a bottle on your back. Also refers to wearing a gas mask such as the MCU-2P for protection against chemical, biological or radiological attack.
Sucking Sarah: Derogatory term used to describe the U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-60), also called "The Sucking 60 from Dixie."
SUPPO: Supply Officer on ship.
Surge: A ship deployment from its home port usually lasting 3 to 6 months. Usually occurs outside of the normal cruise cycle due to operational commitments.
Swab: Mop.
Swim Call: I’ve done 3.  When I did my first one some of the sailors onboard had never done one (in 15 to 20 plus years of submarine service).  You’d be lucky to get one.  Don’t miss the boat and not go swimming.  Normally associated with a wild party like atmosphere.
Swims: Aviation water survival training. This 2-day class must be completed every few years by pilots and aircrew. Consists of classroom and pool instruction and culminates with the dreaded "Dilbert Dunker" and "Helo Dunker."
Swinging Dick: Spoken by Marines, and sailors to refer to healthy shipmates while on maneuvers, e.g. "I want every swinging dick on station, right this second".
Switchgear - Nuclear surface ship operating space for the electrical operator.
Tacked On: Refers to Dolphins (aka Fish) being ceremoniously (and time honored) placed on you in a secure manner.
TAD or TDY: Temporary Additional Duty or Temporary Duty
Tag-Outs: An "Alerting System" via color coding that immediately allow sailors to identify the condition of equipment.  Used to allow those sailors, to avoid danger to themselves and or a shipmate/equipment/ship if, following a procedure and a tag is found on that equipment.  Instructions on a Caution Tag allow operation under certain conditions.  No allowance is applied to a Danger Tag. 
Tango Uniform: A non-functional or dead piece of equipment.
Tape Zebra: Maddening condition aboard ship, especially aircraft carriers, where passageways are "taped off" so that they may be waxed, dried, and buffed in the middle of the night. It seems that the passageways are purposely chosen to maximize delay and frustration when a pilot has to do an oh-dark-thirty preflight or some other duty. Junior enlisted sailors take special delight in denying officers access to these passageways, and relish in their disgruntled detours. Likewise, junior officers thoroughly enjoy when a man overboard or general quarters is called in the middle of the night, and they rush to get to the head of the line so as to crash through tape zebra and trample through the wet wax.
TARFU: Things Are Really freaked Up.
Target (Submarine Service): Term to describe any ship or boat on the surface.
TDU (Submarine Service): Trash Disposal Unit. Sophisticated AN-DEEP-6 weapons system.
Test Depth: Not to be confused with 'Crush Depth'.
The Boat: Airdale term for the ship their airwing is attached to. "We're going to The Boat for a few weeks."
The Bubble
The Ditch: The Panama Canal.
The Goo: Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). When an aviator flies an aircraft into the clouds, can no longer see the earth or the horizon, and is dependent on instruments for navigation, he is said to be "in the goo." This is usually done intentionally when flying with an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan, but can lead to high "pucker factor" when it is done accidentally.
The Jellystone: USS Yellowstone.
The Pond: The Deep Blue Sea. Where deep-water sailors ply their craft, "The Pond" may be Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, or Other. Used in slang expressions such as "Talk to me when you've got some Time On The Pond."
The Pubic Mound: USS Puget Sound.
Theory: Not based on/in Reality.  Refer to 'The Plan of the Day' or the 'The Plan of the Week'.
Throttle-man: Opens and closes the steam valves to the main engines to answer bells underway.
Tin can: Destroyer.
Tin Chicken: US Merchant Marine Officer Insignia on a US Naval Officers uniform, often worn above the SWO pin. The beak of the eagle can be used as an emergency bottle opener.
Titless wave: Clerical personnel as; yeoman, storekeeper, personnel man, desk jockey, pencil pusher, typist, etc. See "sea P.ssy".
Tits Machine: Old-school term for a kick-ass aircraft, usually a fighter, that consisted of little more than an airframe, minimal avionics, and a huge engine or two. The F-8 Crusader was universally accepted as a tits machine. The F-14 Tomcat was also widely accepted. Today's modern electronic video game fighters like the F/A-18 will never be in the same ballpark.
TLD: Thermo Luminescent Dosimeter.  Oh yeah...."Briefly describe in detail the operation of a TLD?"  You are going to get this question I guarantee it.  Don't worry.  You will be taught this information.
Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club: Those elements of the Pacific Fleet which operated in the referenced waters 1965-1975.
Topsider: Non nukes on a nuclear surface ship. See coners.
Torpedo Sponge: Similar to "Missile Sponge", this refers to the smaller ships in a convoy, whose duty it is to protect the carrier, to the point of taking the torpedo hit for the carrier if needed.
Transistor Theory: Naval explanation for how electrons travel backwards and holes actually carry electrical current. Just press the I believe button.
Trap: A fixed-wing arrested landing on an aircraft carrier. In the helo world, the Rapid Securing Device (RSD) on the deck of a "small boy."
Trend(s): An observation from recorded data (refer to 'Logs') that indicates a movement in a certain direction.
Trice Up: Make your rack. (rack = bed) The old racks had a trice or hook to hook it to the bulkhead or wall. Hence the term "All hands heave out and trice up." Or jump out of your rack and make it. (Originally referred to hammocks, in days of yore before berthing spaces.). More correctly, the "trice" was the bottom (third) rack, being built to fold up against the bulkhead/stanchion (see above), so when the command "Trice-up" was given, the rack would be folded up, allowing compartment cleaners to sweep and swab under that bottom rack.
Trice'd Up: Happens when your A..hole shipmates open your rack with you sleeping in it after they discovered you forgot to secure it shut before you got in it, thus trapping you in a space more cramped then usual. Only works on a middle and bottom rack, as a top rack usual has no ceiling.
Trim Pump: (Refer to Drain Pump) Don't worry your pretty head about this one until Ships Quals.
Tronchaser: Those in the AT (primarily I Level) rate who work on Navy avionics.
Tube steak: hot dogs (also, called "dangling sirloin").
Tubes: (Submarine Service) Nickname for the senior torpedo man (now MM-Weapons) onboard. This individual is in charge of the torpedoes and the torpedo tubes, hence the name.
Tuna Boat: A submarine tender, or other non-combat ship that is comprised nearly completely by female sailors. Example: "We're going to have great liberty this port! A tuna boat just pulled in."
Turd Chasers: Nickname for individuals assigned to the Hull Maintenance Technician (HT) rating because their shipboard duties include plumbing.
Turkey: slang for the F-14 Tomcat
Turn 'n Burn: Casual for "Hurry up! Let's get going!" From bomber missions over enemy territory, after dropping bombs on target, the aircraft will turn towards home, and ignite afterburners (" 'burners") to increase airspeed to enable the aircraft to get out of hostile territory as quickly as possible.
Turn-to: Get to work.
Tweek and Peak: To fine tune something (uniform, rack, hair, etc); usually for inspection preparation.
Tweeker (Submarine Service): Electronics rating; any engineering rating not gronking a wrench. (See "gronk" above, see "wrench" OED)
Tweener (Submarine Service): Affectionate term for Missile Technicians on Ballistic Missile Submarines. Usually called out during the "Coner" and "Nuke" throwbacks, since the Missile Compartment is "between" the Forward(Coner) and Engineering(Nuke) spaces.
Twidget: Sailor in the Electronics or Electrical fields of job specialties.
Twig: Medical Service Corps officer. So named for the slanting stem attached to their device.
Two-block: To have all the work one can handle. Derived from when the blocks on a block and tackle are together and cannot lift any higher. "My guys are two-blocked."
Two-Digit Midget: Sailor with 99 or less days until his/her "End of Active Obligated Service", or EAOS.
UA: Unauthorized absence; the Navy's term for AWOL
Uncle Sam's Canoe Club: The US Coast Guard.
Uncle Sam's Confused Group (USCG): the US Coast Guard - an organization that is the 5th armed service, yet falls under the Dept of Homeland Security).
Uncle Sam's Misguided Children (USMC): Term used to describe either a platoon, regiment, or division of Marines.
Under Instruction (UI) Watch: A Qualified Watch-stander takes an UN-Qualified Watch-stander (a NUB) and allows him to operate the equipment while under direct supervision.  You'll get a few of these as necessary after Prototype to demonstrate that you are proficient at your new watch station.  At prototype you'll do these until you Qualify in-rate (Upper or Lower track for a MM).
Underway on Nuclear Power: I think this is self-evident.
Underway Sock: A rolled up sock used for masturbation.
UNODIR: UNless Otherwise DIRected; enables TRUST-based management by exception (MBE)
UNREP: UNderway REPlenishment - Taking supplies from the supply ship by maneuvering alongside and passing lines between the two vessels. Differs from "VERTREP."
UNSAT: Unsatisfactory. Term used for when something falls below standards.
USS Backyard: Term for the sailor's home of record, to which he or she happily returns upon discharge.
USS Forestfire: Derogatory term used to describe the USS Forrestal (CV-59) due to the number of fires that have broken out on board ship.
USS Lake Cham Pain Derogatory term used to describe the USS Lake Champlain
USS LASTSHIP: Term for sailor's trying to tell a story, or give an example of how business was handled at their last command
USS Loungechair: where you go when you retire.
USS Neverdock: Ship that seems to stay out at sea for unusually long periods of time. For sailors, this is usually their own ship.
USS Neversail: Mock-up ship found in boot camp, also called USS Recruit. Can also refer to real ships that seldom leave port, such as Sub-tenders.
USS Nottagain (DD 214): Used by sailors separating from the Navy when asked which command they are going to. Also can be used by former sailors when visiting old friends and asked by new personnel which ship they are on. "DD 214" is the form that must be filled out for a military member to get discharged. DD was also the type designation for pre-missile destroyers.
USS Slurpeefish: The USS SAN FRANCISCO. So called because of the ship's hull number SSN 711.
USS Ustafish (Submarine Service): The boat a sailor was on previously, from the time when attack boats were named after fish. Pronounced "Used to Fish." Used as, "We don't want to hear about your Ustafish stories."
Valve: A means to start or stop motive flow.  Remotely or manually operated etc.
Vampire Liberty: Getting day off, for donating a pint of blood.
VERTREP: VERTical REPlenishment - taking supplies from the supply ship via helo pick up and drop off. Back in the day this was most often accomplished by the mighty CH-46 Sea Knight (see "Phrog"), although any aircraft with a cargo hook installed can do it. Differs from UNREP (see above).
Very well: Senior to subordinate acknowledgement.
Vitamin M: Similar to Corpsman Candy above, but in this context relating to Motrin, which is occasionally used to combat the various aches/pains/headaches associated with military service.
Vulcan Death Watch - 12 hours of drills separated by 3 rotations of watches. You are up oncoming as drill team, on watch then off going as casualty response team. Potentially followed by another 6 hour watch. Basically a massive bonejob
Vultures Row: Place where people can watch flight operations without being in the way, typically the O-7 to O-9 level on an aircraft carrier's island.
Walk-In: Read Dry Stores.
Walking, Talking Road Mark: Used during boot camp to refer to a recruit that is a complete loss at military bearing, appearance, and formalities, a recruit that causes his company to constantly lose points at inspections, drills, etc. These recruits usually end up getting ASMO'ed to a company that is earlier in training.
Wardroom: Officer's mess, or dining room. Also used to collectively refer to all the officers at a command.
Warm Blood: An individual who has not crossed the Arctic Circle or Antarctic Circle, who must go through rituals, which sometimes cross the line to be hazing, to become a Blue Nose or Red Nose, respectively. See crossing the line, shellback, and pollywog.
Warrant: A warrant officer. In the navy warrants are generally older and more experienced in a particular area of expertise than a commissioned line officer, much like an "LDO." Warrants are competitively selected from the senior (E7 - E9) enlisted ranks. By definition are techical specialists.
Watch Officer - Another term for EOOW.
Watch Stander: A productive member of the crew.  [Why aren't you Qualified NUB?  Are you ready for a check-out?  Why are you staring at me?  Are you sure about that?  That's your first look up!  SCRAM!  Wink]
Watch: A period of duty, usually of four-hours duration, six-hours on submarines. The day at sea has long been divided into watches, which are called: midwatch (0000 to 0400); morning or rev (reveille) watch (0400 to 0800); forenoon watch (0800 to 1200); afternoon watch (1200 to 1600); dog watches (1600-1800 and 1800-2000); and the first watch (2000 to 2400).
Water Slug: A way to simulate/train (for) shooting torpedos.
WAVES: Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services.
Wayspouse: Sailors spouses waiting on the pier that are so overweight that could be used as navigation waypoints.
Weaponette: (pl: Weaponettes) (Submarine Service) Pejorative term for the members of a submarine's Weapons Department, used by members of the Navigation/Operations Department or Engineering Department, usually when they want their stolen tools back.
WEFT: Typically it stands for "Wings, Exhaust (or Engine, for prop aircraft), Fuselage, Tail" and is a method by which ship's lookout stations can visually identify aircraft within the vicinity. However, since training for this tends to be spotty at best, identification of aircraft is often incorrect, leading to the second definition: "Wrong Every freaking Time".
Welded to the Pier: A Ship being in an extended period of refit at a shipyard or naval base, which prevents it from making ready for sea for several months or longer. Can also refer to a ship that rarely goes to sea.
WESTPAC: While this usually refers to the western Pacific area of operations, it can also refer to a type of deployment in which a unit heads to multiple locations throughout said area. Often used in, "Damn, we just did a six-month WESTPAC, barely got home for a week, and now we're heading out again?"
Wet Suit Camel Toe: A disturbing sight caused by a (usually older and) fatter rescue swimmer attempting to squeeze into his wet suit for SAR duty. Often seen entering and exiting helos that are providing SAR services.
Wet Willie: Joke played on a sleeping sailor by licking a finger, and sticking it into the unsuspecting sleeping sailor's ear to mimic the feel of a penis being inserted into the ear, usually met with several groans by onlookers.
Wheel Book: Green covered pocket-sized government issue notebook carried by most Petty Officers and Chiefs.
Wheels: A Quartermaster (QM).
Whidbey Whale: A dependent wife that is Orca fat even though her husband has maintained the same basic size during their marriage
Whistling Shit Can of Death: CH-46 Seaknight Helicopter, described as such because of the whistling sound the engines make, and because the CH-46 has been prone to failures, and has killed its share of air crews.
White Rats: Tampons that appear after a sewage leak in the female head.
Whiz Quiz: "Piss Test," Urinalysis.
Widow/Widower: Describes wives (and now husbands) with spouses on deployment. Single, for all intents and purposes, until the day their spouse returns from deployment. Prefaced by the type or theater of service the deployed spouse is in, e.g. "WESTPAC widow" or "Boomer Widow".
Wife: You didn't get that in your sea-bag shipmate.  You cannot take her underway with you.  I hope you explained this to her.
Wing-nut: See airdale.
Wings: Naval Aviator or Naval Flight Officer breast insignia. Also the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist breast insignia.
Wire Biter: An electrician.
Wizzard: Topsider insult for a nuc. Refers to nucs' insistence to dress like Morpheus from the Matrix and propensity for playing Magic (The Gathering) and World of Warcraft endlessly.
Wog: short for "pollywog", as in "wog ceremony".
Wolf Ticket: Highly suspect information. Can refer to malicious "scuttlebutt," exaggerated "no-shitters," or blatantly phony sea stories.
Word Shitter: Another name for those embossing label makers. They "shit" words out when you squeeze the handle.
Working Party: When there is loading of supplies, the Quarter Deck will call for a "working party" to be manned by each division of the ship, the number depending on the task.
Workups: 1- to 6-week periods preceding a deployment during which the ship and/or its airwing practice and prepare. Widely known workups involving the carrier and the airwing are TSTA, COMPTUEX, and RIMPAC. Airwing only workups include trips to NAS Fallon and NAS Key West.
XO: EXecutive Officer. Second-in-Command of a ship, or shore command, second in authority to only the Commanding Officer.
XOI: "Executive Officer's Inquiry" A step in the non-judicial punishment process in which the wayward sailor appears before the executive officer (XO). After hearing the details of the case, the XO may recommend dismissal or refer it to the Commanding Officer (CO) for "Mast."
XO's Happy Hour: Daily hour-long mandatory cleaning evolution. Usually introduced by XO on the 1MC.
Xoxing Logs: (Submarine Service) (Derived from the word "Xerox," pronounced "zoxing") Entering engineering log data suspiciously similar to the previous hour's log data.
X-Ray Fitting (see fanroom): Sex room for those lucky enough to find a partner at sea.
Yardbirds: Civilian shipyard workers.
Yeoman: He handles all of your paperwork.  Be nice to this individual.  If not he could make you 'not' exist.
YGFBKM: Acronym for "You've Got to freaking Be Kidding Me!"
Zoomie: Aviator. Usually applied to USAF pilots.
Zoomies (Nuclear Navy): Refers to the radiation present in a compartment containing or in proximity of nuclear weapons or a naval nuclear reactor. Example: "I wouldn't go back there unless you want to get some "zoomies"!". Also can refer to amount of radiation picked up on personnel's personal dosimetry (radiation measuring devices worn by weapons or nuclear trained personnel). Common use is "how many "zoomies" did you get today?".
ZUG: Negative. Unofficial procedure signal (obsolete). Retired RMs may often use ZUG in place of no, or negative.
Zulu: GMT or Universal Time.
ZUT: CW (Morse radiotelegraphy) forever. Unofficial procedure signal (obsolete). Retired RMs may have a ZUT certificate, or even tattoo.


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Re: Navy Nuke Terms.
« Reply #3 on: Nov 24, 2010, 08:58 »
just a couple of others

Eight and skate - only working 8 hours then off to liberty

Split/crit/same ol' sh*t .  2 second ELT turnover meaning that both plants are operating, isolated from each other, and nothing has changed since the last time you relieved me

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Re: Navy Nuke Terms.
« Reply #4 on: Nov 24, 2010, 03:46 »
A retired ETCS (SS) told me this one:

IFNAG - Ignorant <Freaking> Naval Academy Graduate.  Pronounced "if - nag".



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Re: Navy Nuke Terms.
« Reply #5 on: Dec 05, 2013, 08:12 »
Make a hole-Move
Making Holes in the water-Patrol
GCE- Gross Conceptual Error (as seen on test in Power School)

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Re: Navy Nuke Terms.
« Reply #6 on: Dec 05, 2013, 04:24 »
First time I ever went through this list. A lot of those are familiar. One we often used was "Charlie-Foxtrot" to describe a thoroughly screwed up situation.

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Re: Navy Nuke Terms.
« Reply #7 on: Dec 05, 2013, 07:36 »
USS Lost and Confused aka USS Lewis and Clark SSBN-644


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Re: Navy Nuke Terms.
« Reply #8 on: Dec 06, 2013, 08:08 »
People Tank - The part of the sub inhabited by people
Getting water in the people tank - Flooding

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Re: Navy Nuke Terms.
« Reply #9 on: Jun 19, 2016, 07:38 »
Mantress = Underway ELT.
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