Some Navy members referred to their vocation as the ‘Puss’. Personally, I found it an ill-bred term because I was a stuck-up son a of a bitch. But I cackled when a drillie berated our whinging group, “Build a bridge people – Get over it! The Puss’ bus is for us!”
Drillies appeared to seamlessly interweave between the roles of untamed, fearless autocrat and Monty Python comedian.
One such Drillie SGT Tucker barked fatuous rhyming sayings from his verbal artillery. “Don’t panic flight mechanic” and “No danger park ranger”. The way I saw it, parade trainers were born into this. The way you couldn’t imagine SGT Hartman in Full Metal Jacket do anything else.