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Meaning of “short"

In the end of the movie Full Metal Jacket, a person name Joker was saying: I am happy that I am alive, in one piece and short. What does short mean here?
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Military slang: colors instead of flag

Where does this come from? Why do soldiers talk about their color(s?) instead of their flag (like in capture the flag).
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Deconflict/deconfliction: scope, register, casual use?

This is about the (historically recent) use of deconflict/deconfliction. Out of the Collins, AHDotEL, Cambridge, M.-Webster, Dictionary.com, Longman, TFD, Etymonline and ODO, only the last one has it1:...
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Military order to execute instructions issued so far

What is the common phrase in military, ordering the soldiers to get to work - start executing instructions issued? Say, a civilian (expert) is presenting tasks that need to be completed in detail. ...
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What does “the brass” mean, exactly, in military context?

In books by many different authors I encountered phrases like this: He curses the brass for not caring whether he lives or dies. From context, it seemed to me that it meant high-rank officers, ...
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Meaning of military terms in the game

The following dialogue is taken from the subtitles in the first-person shooter video game -- Crysis Warhead: SIERRA 1: Command, Sierra lead, bearing 270, angels 7, target is 16 and closing. ...
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Usages of “up” in the context of military dialogues

The following two dialogues are taken from the subtitles in the famous first-person shooter video game -- Crysis: Strickland: Team Idaho, this is command, we’re pushing up the valley all the way ...