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    Are you proud of your service with the U.S. Military? Would you like to send out a BIG HOORAH? Do so here! Send out your HOORAH!


    Was on active duty from 1949 until1971 and I never heard this expression. Must be new.
    —Guest da-kernal

    Turkish Roots

    The story I got in BC was that the phrase, at least OohRah for the Marines, came from Turkish soldiers who would shout the word as they advanced to scare their opponents. When asked what the word meant by a Marine Corps Officer, the Turkish Commander responded "Kill!"
    —Guest Marine

    Wrong Rangers

    Gen Cota was speaking to the 5th Rangers when he said "Lead the Way Rangers". I was there. The 2nd Rangers were at best a thousand yards away.
    —Guest John Raaen

    +1 to Bleed Delta...

    ... nothing really to add, he got it right. Started as "Heard Understood Acknowledged" easily substitute "Head Up Ass" when replying to a butterbar.
    —Guest Thai Ops 71-72

    DS1 (SW/AW)

    the U.S. Navy sailors and Navy SEALs use the shout, HooYah The U.S. Navy and Navy SEALs use the shout, "HooYah!", not the Marine "OoRah!" or the Army "Hooah!"
    —Guest Russell Smith

    There is No Real Answer.

    The only thing I think we know after all of this is that: A. "Hooah" is a new term for the ARMY. B.The Navy's "Hooyah" was probably a result of mixing sailors in with Marines. C. The Marine's "OORAH" comes from way back in the day and is probably the reason the other branches have these other terms. I'm currently enlisted in the Marine Corps and it really annoys me when people try to be cool and say "Oorah" and say something way off or actually have never served in any branch.
    —Guest DevilDog

    Wasn't common in '80's

    I was AF Special Ops in the '80's and we would say all kinds of things. OohRah was heard, but was not a battle cry that was often used.
    —Guest AF SPECOPS


    I served in the Army and Army Reserve in the 1960's and never heard the HOOAH expression. My daughter served as an Army doctor in Iraq in 2004 and it was common usage, so it's something fairly new.
    —Guest Robert Rihl


    I served in the Army from 1970 to 1973. I never heard anybody say that.
    —Guest Ex G.I.


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    —Guest UytbnWTityZO

    Just talking about this @danny Johnson

    I being prior navy and army say hoorah and today friends and I were talking about where it originated so had to look it up.
    —Guest glenglish

    try HU AW

    we used to get dropped for responding with hu aw in the early 90's. it was only said after we got some great speech about the wonderful things we were going to do that day. it stood for hurry up and wait.
    —Guest cpt

    Wrong wrong wrong

    I will give you a couple of things. Some are partially right. Like Guest Old Soldier, he's right...the Navy/Marines did develop this "Hooah" prior to Army's actual Hooahh!! However, it wasn't Hooah to the Navy/Marines. The use of the term was "Oorah"...the sounding of their battleship blow horn. I do not know why it was adopted from the sound of the horn but it was the signal of most confirmation at the time. For the Army, Guest Tom8 is correct. Hooahh originated from HUA (Heard Understood Acknowledge) was to reply back to among some Company during training school. HUA then became an inside joke among NCOs only when asshole COs came around to harass Enlisted for not acknowledging their so called "command-sense". HUA for NCOs was termed as "Sir, your HEAD is UP your ASS" (Head Up Ass). Thus it spread to become a common term lingo and adopted by NCO "the backbone of the Army" into official use.
    —Guest Bleed Delta


    Its an old celt battle cry based on huzzah, thats a fact. How could none of you people realize this? Idiots.
    —Guest Kevin


    Try 'ajua' - hoorah in Spanish... I works just fine.
    —Guest J D

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