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Encyclopedia > GI (military)

GI or G.I. is a term describing a member of the US armed forces or an item of their equipment. It may be used as an adjective or as a noun. The term is often thought to be an initialism of "Government Issue" but the origin of the term is in fact "Galvanized Iron" after the letters "GI" that were stamped on U.S. Army metal trash cans made from it.[1][2] During World War I, US soldiers sardonically referred to incoming German artillery shells as "GI cans". During the 1930s it was somehow assumed that GI stood for Government Issue and the term was applied to other equipment and the soldiers themselves. The term reached even farther use as its usage spread with the American troops during World War II. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... An acronym is a word, formed from the initial letter or letters of other words (, RAM, scuba, PETA). ... The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Allied Powers: Russian Empire France British Empire Italy United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary German Empire Ottoman Empire Bulgaria Commanders Nicholas II Aleksei Brusilov Georges Clemenceau Joseph Joffre Ferdinand Foch Herbert Henry Asquith Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Victor Emmanuel III Luigi Cadorna Armando Diaz Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Franz... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000,000 Civilian dead: 4,000,000 Total dead 12,000,000 World War II (abbreviated WWII), or the Second World War, was a worldwide conflict...

Alternative interpretations include General Issue, General Infantry, General Inspector, Ground Infantry, General Invasion, Government Inductee, and Gastrointestinal (a reference to problems claimed to come from the poor quality of the food, probably a joke).

Notes and sources

  1. ^ http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/GI
  2. ^ http://www.wordorigins.org/Words/LetterG/gi.html

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