It was written: especially when we starting talking about Guadal Canal or some other place where you dropped us off then cut and ran to save your own hides while we duked it out, ======== Actually, we were going back to make sure our guns were loaded, and the planes ready on the decks, so that when our marines on the field called in for fire support or air support we were ready to give it to them. Not to mention that the coffee in the pots was hot so that when they did come back it was ready for them. Didn't your mommy and daddy ever drop you off at a ballgame or to go play with your friends? Did you expect them to stay around there too, to watch your every move? No, they trusted you'd not get into too much trouble, dropped you off and left to go play..... Kind of the same principle here.. Wouldn't want the japaneese laughing at you out there, much like your friends would have, if you parents stuck around to watch you go play. Squid is a general statement for all of us umm.. squids.. If you need to get specific here is a slight breakdown for you Rating challenged types. Engineer = Snipe, God, All Knowing (but don't ever call us sir, we work for a living) Bosuns = Deckape Combat Ratings , ie FC's ET's, EW's etc = Twidgets (and some other words I can't repost here) Gunners Mate = Bosun with a hunting license Signalmen = skivvy wavers. Air Ratings = Airdales, Cloud Lice, brown shoes (generally matches their noses too) Admin = Pukes (some more unkind words) Cooks = Stewburners Hull Techs / Damage Control = Turd Chasers Electrician = sparky or battery boy GSE = Get Somebody Else ..as in (it aint my job) aka (the difference between a GSE and a GTE "Gas Turbine Engine" is that you can actually make a GTE stop whining, generally by hitting the stop switch. IC = two wire, and even then it's a coin flip if they'll $%%%& it up and have to call an electrician to fix it CWO = Constantly Whining Officer sometimes known as the E-4 with a club card. Submariners = Bubble Heads, Turds that forgot how to float. So there, this should help you better identify your Navy Counterparts a little bit better so that when you really get in a jam, instead of just saying, hey YOU, gimme a hand, you can be a bit more specific as to which you..... you were referring to. Take care Major. Aaron GSEC(SW), USN, RET. Mr. Ive probably flushed more water than you've sailed across so shut up bootcamp. (not aimed at anyone specific) oh I almost forgot the OS's .... while there really is nothing much to call them, I believe this statement sums it up pretty good. Some people are like slinkeys. Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.