shavetail


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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.