2nd October 2019

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What do you call a female Marine?

Army & Navy - MARINES: BAMs. When the Marines began recruiting women reservists seven months ago, the Corps decided that its uniformed women would carry no telescoped name like WACs, WAVES or SPARS; they would be Marines. But "women Marines" is a lip-twisting phrase.

So, do the Marines say Hoorah or oorah?

Marines, of course, would never say “Hoorah!” They also wouldn't say “Hooah!”, which is an Army term. Marines say “Oorah!” and are quick to point it out to anyone who gets it wrong. You can't blame the president for this one, but a little professional military education never hurt anyone.

How do you spell Marine Corps oorah?

Variant spellings include "OORAH," "OOHRAH," and "OOH-RAH." However it is spelled, it is recognizable as distinctly Marine whether spoken or written, and it can easily be distinguished from the Army version, the venerable but significantly less motivating "HOO-AH."
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