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shavetail

1. slang A newly commissioned officer in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps, especially a second lieutenant. Derived from the practice of shaving the tail of untrained pack animals. It was the shavetail's first mission, and he realized he was in over his head. They court-martialed the shavetail for disobeying the admiral's orders.
2. slang By extension, any person who is inexperienced in a given field, industry, profession, etc. Why don't you give the case to the shavetail we just hired? It will be tough, but it will put her abilities to the test. some of the older employees resented the fact that a shavetail like me was promoted through the ranks of the company so quickly.

shavetail

n. a second lieutenant; a noncommissioned officer in the army; any inexperienced person. (Military. From a nickname for an untrained mule that is marked by a shaved tail.) Who’s the shavetail dancing with the colonel’s daughter?
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He was an officer--a shavetail lieutenant--and in charge of a battery of artillery.
Yale was a shavetail on the front lines during the Korean War (while others such as myself basked in luxury at an air base in Japan), and it was an established fact that during an American assault on T-Bone Hill Yale had picked up some hot North Korean lead in his tokhis.
Just 48 years before, when I was a newly minted shavetail and Pioneer Platoon Leader, I too had to load all the wheeled and tracked vehicles of an entire battalion on rail flatcars, when I'd never even seen one close up.
Assigned to barracks, the shavetails discovered that American manhood was quite an assortment.