A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 22, 2013
My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment ("Marine” backronym)

"My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment” is a backronym (back acronym) for the word “Marine.” “My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment” has been cited in print since at least November 1994.

Another popular backronym of “Marine” is “Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential.” “USMC” backronyms include “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children,” “Uncle Sam’s Motorcycle Club,” “Uncle Sam’s Mountain Climbers,” “University of Science, Music and Culture,” “Unlimited Shit and Mass Confusion,” “U Suckers Missed Christmas” and “U Signed the Motherfucking Contract.”

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
REQ: Jarhead jokes..I’ll start
SeanMike Whipkey
Well, you know what Marine stands for, don’t you?  “My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment”...

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David Jaroslav
Just remember the acronym:


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Kevin Langley
Marine Soliders. How about Marine Jokes?

by Anonymous Freak on Thursday February 25, 1999 @07:53PM (#2017133) Journal
NAVY = Never Again Volunteer Yourself
ARMY = Aren’t Ready to be Marines Yet
MARINE = Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Expected (or) My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment
USAF = Under Sexed Ass F*ckers. (If any one knows one for full “Air Force”, I’d like it… It was my service.)

Snopes.com Message Board
D. Dodge Silver
posted 10 June, 2002 12:27 AM
On the subject of derogatory service names:

NAVY: Never Again Volunteer Yourself
MARINES: My A$$ Rides in Navy Equipment, Sir
ARMY: Aren’t Really Marines Yet
AIR FORCE: Ain’t It Really NFBSKing Obvious, Retards Command Everything?

Google Books
Four in the Corps:
From Boot Camp to Baghdad-One Grunt’s Enlistment

By Richard Meyer
Lincoln, NE: iUniverse
Pg. 105:
They joke went that “Marine” stood for “My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment”.

Google Books
The Home Team:
Weapons Grade

By Dennis Chalker and Kevin Dockery
Mew York, NY: Avon Books
Pg. 14:
“My ass rides in Navy equipment,” Warrick joked, stating a derogatory meaning for the word Marine.

Urban Dictionary
Muscles Are Required Intelligence Not Essential
My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment

by Randomus Aug 12, 2006

Marine Corps Forum
03-06-07, 05:29 AM
M.A.R.I.N.E.S. (Marines Aren’t Ready In Navy Elite Seals (yet)) As opposed to the Army (Aren’t Ready to be Marines Yet).

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Military/Religion /Health • Thursday, August 22, 2013 • Permalink