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Old July 29, 2021, 10:52 PM   #26
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In the Army, "guns" are either machine guns, or cannon (and the small numbers of military shotguns). And, of course the slang term for a certain male body part.

The rigid focus on proper terms is part of the training process. Some things seem foolish, but "this is my rifle, this is my gun.." ..teaches, and does so, so well we still remember it decades later.
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Old July 30, 2021, 10:48 AM   #27
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Imprecise terminology in the military can lead to extreme disasters in the chain of command. It cost the Confederacy some major battles in the Civil War due to ambiguity in given commands, which were actually more like strong suggestions. It was considered pretty much an insult to give a strong direct command due to the insinuation that subordinate generals were too incompetent to do the right thing, plus a rigid command removed their ability to adapt to a changing situation which was very common given the slow communication systems of the day.
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