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Explain the acronym g.i?


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2008-08-26 20:58:02
2008-08-26 20:58:02

GI-was a common US military abbreviation that meant Government Issue. Term became popular in WW2 to refer to the US soldier. Everything a soldier was issued had a name and a number and after the fighting started a lot of soldiers felt that they were simply government issue to be thrown into the fighting. The term GI was not derogatory when referring to soldiers. Hence the derived term "GI Joe" to refer to the average US soldier.

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