"Uncle Sam Ain’t Released Me Yet” is a backronym (back acronym) for “U.S. Army.” “U.S. Army, which many soldiers will tell you is a contraction for ‘Uncle Sam Ain’t Released Me Yet’” was cited in print in 1978. The reverse of USARMY is YMRASU, and this has been given the backronym of “Yes My Retarded Ass Signed Up.”
“Army” backronyms include “Aren’t Ready for the Marines Yet,” “Ain’t Really Men Yet” and “Airforce Released Me Yesterday.”
Journal of American Folklore
A badge worn by every G.I. on his fatigue uniform reads simply U.S. Army, which many soldiers will tell you is a contraction for “Uncle Sam Ain’t Released Me Yet.”
The American Military Ethic:
By James H. Toner
New York, NY: Praeger
Lugubriously, I reflected on what the “U.S. Army” over my left pocket meant: “Uncle Sam Ain’t Released Me Yet.”
A Celebratory Roundup of Nomenclature Yielding Mischief:
Abbreviations, Neologisms, Initialisms, Acronyms!
By Don Hauptman
New York, NY: Dell Pub.
U.S. Army becomes “Uncle Sam ain’t released me yet.”
Google Groups: sci.military.naval
Brad K. Browne
Marine Soliders. How about Marine Jokes?
An acronym for Uncle Sam Aint Released Me Yet or alternet in reverse Yes My Retarded Ass Signed Up
Dang I have to go to Iraq because USARMY
by Kraftypatties Dec 4, 2004
US Army Infantryman in Vietnam 1965-73
By Gordon Rottman
New York, NY: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
Pointing to each letter on his own chest he said, “Uncle Sam Ain’t Released Me Yet.”
A Young Soldier:
The Growth and the Demise of a Man
By Stephen Augustus
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
The standing joke is that U.S. Army is an acronym that stands for “Uncle Sam Ain’t Released Me Yet.”
Uncle Sam Ain’t Released Me Yet
(Joines Facebook on April 20, 2010.—ed.)
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