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Comic 19 - INTREP 015 - SHAD

13th Mar 2015, 8:00 AM in INTREPs & Oldies
INTREP 015 - SHAD
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DylanJBlakeley 13th Mar 2015, 8:00 AM edit delete
DylanJBlakeley
Hey, it's Friday the 13th again. Spooky.

So anyway, I don't think "SHAD" is an American thing. Apparently it's supposed to stand for "Saturday, Holiday and December" sailor/soldier, or "Summer, Holidays, After Dinner", or some such. I've never gotten a straight answer in my career. Most reservists take it in stride, or outright embrace the term. I've met a few who hated it, though. :)

After doing a little research, I've also seen a possible origin being "shadow", as it reservists are a shadow of the Reg Force... Well, that just sounds mean, doesn't it?

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lirvilas 13th Mar 2015, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
lirvilas
Yeah, I've heard regular Army use the word "reservist" like an epithet. Never in a Navy setting, though.
ProfEtheric 13th Mar 2015, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
Anything is better than being associated with a violent pervert.

And the best thing to do when someone assigns you an epithet is to own it, make it a badge of honor. All my young life, I was called a nerd and a geek. Well, I'm geek and proud of it!
Skweeee 13th Mar 2015, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
Skweeee
We in the army use "the Mo" (from the Militia). In fact the Mo, use the Mo. I was in the Mo from '82 to '87.

Ghomeshi: what a scumbag.

Perma-Shad 13th Mar 2015, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Being a perma-shad myself, i heard it was because when war broke, we "shadowed" the full time guys for training. That was also during the "wavy-navy" days of the RCN. That explanation always made sense to me for the term.
GWNDad 11th Jun 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
Another theory was "Sunday, Holiday And Day"Sailors - but the only time I ever worked a holiday as a shad was on deployment . . .
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