Fellow blogger ninja Phil Ewing has an interesting post on Scoop Deck today that pokes fun at some well-worn phrases that are as common in the Marine Corps as brass on a range.
As Phil points out, a Scoop Deck commenter and sailor expressed displeasure that the Corps’ throaty “oorah” is apparently making inroads into the Navy — although the sailor wrote it “Hoorah,” so maybe he was talking about some sort of Army motivation.
In any event, the sailor also mentioned that he’s sick of hearing ” You tracking?” from individuals who want to know whether not the person they’re speaking with understands what they are saying. I have to admit: Spending day after day with Marines, that’s something I certainly have done, along with acknowledging in the affirmative that, yes, I was indeed “tracking” on something.
Now, a variation on a cliche that is sure to blow Scoop Deck’s mind. When I was out in Marjah, Afghanistan, in May with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, I learned that grunts patrolling out of the Yellow Schoolhouse there had sarcastically shortened “Oorah” down to a flat, groaning “rah” in some situations. An Example:
Marine 1: Hey, you ready to head back out on another six-hour patrol? How about manning the watch tomorrow?
Marine 2: (With gutteral extension) “Raaaaaah.”
Your own motivational cries are requested in the comments section below. Additionally, I’d like to wish good vibes to 3/6, which was relieved of command in Marjah recently by 2/9 and will probably be coming home soon.