A couple of "why's"




 
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June 4th, 2004  
AFSteliga
 
 

Topic: A couple of "why's"


I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this, but I will anyway.

There are a lot of things that I've been trying to figure out since i got here and looked at some of the screen names and career fields.

1. Why are Artillerymen (and women) called "Redlegs"?
2. Why are Marines called "Jarheads"?
3. Why are AF personelle called "Zoomies"?...I think that's what they're called.

There are others, but I can't remember them right now.
June 4th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
1) The Arty guys used to wear red leather leggings back in the day.

2) I BELIEVE this comes from the standard Marine haircut from back when everyone had flat-tops, it kind of makes your head look cylindrical, like a jar. But this is just supposition.

3) Because they "zoom" around in their planes.
June 4th, 2004  
AFSteliga
 
 
Hmm...sounds right. Thanks Redneck.
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June 4th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
No worries, glad to help.
July 19th, 2004  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
Actually Redneck it came from the leather strap they ***** someone said it looked like their heads were screwed on to their bodies.
July 19th, 2004  
FutureRANGER
 
 
I thought the leather neck guard was the origin of Leatherneck?
July 19th, 2004  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
that too
July 19th, 2004  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
"Jarhead" - A slang term used by sailors as early as World War II to refer to members of the Marine Corps, drawing the term from the resemblance of the Marine dress blues uniform, with its high collar, to a Mason jar which at the time was made from blue glass.

"Leatherneck" - This nickname goes back to the leather stock or neckpiece, which was part of the Marine Corps uniform from 1775 to 1875. The leather collar was designed to protect the jugular vein from saber slashes. It also insured that Marines kept their heads erect and maintained military bearing. Although no longer used, it is commemorated by the standing collar on the dress blue and dress white uniform.