Hooah… Oorah… Hooyah… Few sounds grate on the ears of the non-initiated more than the service battle cry. If you have ever been around U.S. Army personnel for an extended period of time, for example, then you have surely heard “hooah” (rhymes with Tua, as in the NFL quarterback) flung about ad nauseam to indicate accordance with a command, suggestion, directive, exclamation, or any other kind of simple declaration.
“It sure is sunny out.”
“Clean that toilet, Private.”
“Johnson, go clear that bunker of the enemy!”
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You get my drift. It is an indication of the affirmative, a response to almost anything, and a type of verbal salute. The U.S. Marine Corps, on the other hand, has its own battle cry, “oorah” (rhymes with Poobah, as in “the Grand Poobah”). The Marines’ “oorah” is more commonly reserved as a true battle cry than is its Army counterpart. In other words, “oorah” does not get thrown out dozens of times in a 15-minute conversation, but rather, is used to indicate a collective rallying cry, usually in response to some statement of motivation, or love for the Marine Corps.
“Now, grab your weapons, and let’s introduce these bastards to the United States Marine Corps!”
“OORAH!!!” (thunderously exclaimed)
I am of course horribly simplifying these battle cries, and will no doubt be corrected for some error in my reporting on them. No matter. The above preamble is merely to set the stage for the U.S. Navy SEAL battle cry: “hooyah” (rhymes with boo yah!). The SEAL battle cry, similar to the U.S. Army “hooah,” is heard most commonly (and un-ironically) during Navy SEAL training. BUD/S trainees are expected to bellow a “hooyah” in unison throughout a typical BUD/S training day. They are also expected to use it in answer to instructors when spoken to by them.
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“Are you weak and stupid, Ensign Jones?”
“No, Instructor Patstone.”
“Are you sure, Ensign Jones?”
“Hooyah, Instructor Patstone”
“Class 227, you are dismissed.”
“Hooyah, Instructor Allen!”
“Do you even wanna be here, Petty Officer Johnson?”
“Hooyah, Instructor Miller.”
The SEAL battle cry is also used after BUD/S, when one has made it into the SEAL Teams, but far more selectively. It’s usually in some particularly hairy moment, or when one is making a call-back to BUD/S, SEAL Team lore, or the culture in general.
“The helo can’t go any lower; screw it, let’s just fast-rope from 90 feet instead of the 60 we planned on.”
“Hooyah, man.” (with that resigned look, usually indicating, “Well, this sucks.”)
“I just heard that Tom Smith — from our BUD/S class — is picking up Master Chief (E-9).”
“Damn! Hooyah to him.”
Again, I am simplifying and not adequately explaining all the ways in which the battle cry is used, but hopefully you get the point. This leads one to ask, where the hell does the battle cry come from? And no, I am not about to launch into the etymology of the word itself (although, I assume it derives from the British huzzah, but that is neither here nor there as far as we are concerned).
Here is what I know about the word’s origin as the Navy SEAL battle cry, which was provided on the occasion of the recent death of retired U.S. Navy Captain James Hobbs on December 12th, 2020. Hobbs graduated with Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) Training Class 16 back in the mid-1950s. UDT Training was BUD/S before it was called BUD/S. One of Hobbs’ instructors, Ken Wortley — who later became a teammate on UDT-12 (the UDTs were precursors to the SEAL Teams) —provided the background:
Jim was the senior trainee in UDT (BUD/S) class 16 in Coronado. That class, number 16, was the first to use the term HOOYAH, which has been a rallying cry of the UDTs and SEALs since that time.
Class 16 used the cry to respond to the BUD/S instructors to perform some difficult training requirements, i.e.: hit the surf in full combat gear, lie in the surf, arms linked with your teammates, get soaked in the 58-degree water, then roll around in the soft sand, and then run to the North Island fence and back to the team area.
This would be the start of Hell Week and the normal reaction of training classes prior to class 16 would be to lose 50 percent of the trainees before lunch the first day. However, class 16 was different. No matter what the instructors demanded the trainees do, the class would shout HOOYAH in defiance and perform the task and this lasted right up to class 16’s completion of training and graduation.
This rallying cry has become a tradition since class 16 in 1956 and is still being used by the SEALs today. Then-LTJG James Hobbs, as senior trainee of class 16, was the individual who was instrumental in getting it started.
So there it is. Of course, I have no way of knowing if this story is absolutely true —or merely apocryphal — nor do I really care. Ultimately, it does not matter how the battle cry came to be, only that it is. The above origin story is as good as any, and to that, I say, Hooyah.
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This article was originally published 2/10/2021
رقم اعطال الاجهزة المنزلية
رقم اعطال الاجهزة المنزلية
توكيل صيانة اجهزة منزلية
مركز صيانة بمصر
مركز صيانة العالمية
مركز صيانة اجهزة منزلية
مركز صيانة ثلاجات و غسالات
مركز صيانة اجهزة بمصر
مركز صيانة توشيبا
شركة تسويق الكتروني بجدة thanks
شركة تسويق الكتروني بجدة thanks
عملائنا الكرام هناك الكثير من الامور التي تعد كبيرة وذو أهمية و لابد عليك التعامل أكثر بـ طريقة مميزة لحماية عائلتك من حدوث أي أضرار صحية لا قدر الله، فهناك انواع خزانات كثيرة قامت شركة عزل خزانات بتنظيفها وتعقيمها وعزلها
David Smith says
خدمة عملاء تكييف شارب says
george E. Hand IV says
Hooyah also means “You nailed it again, Fru!” This is a great article; it puts me in mind of the scene in Donnie Brasco when he was trying to explain the meaning of “Fagettaboutit”
Thanks for your post, Fru!
James Frederick Butterfield says
SORRY…. The Saying “HOOYAH” was used by the Navy (1956) and especially Navy Divers, way before the SEALS started using it as well. Most Navy sailors don’t use the phrase. It’s an (inside given) Among SEALS and Divers, when HOOYAH Is used. It’s shared. However, the Navy SEALS, did not start it.
SEALS were started under the Kennedy administration in the 1960s. But the Navy Frogmen, including Underwater Demolition Technicians, were operating during WW II. This was always a rare breed. The SEALS and Navy divers originated from the same root – Navy Frogmen. The testing and demands on SEALS is superior in my view to any other training and indoctrination program in the U.S. military (although some Delta dudes may argue the point). Navy divers undergo similar training in some respects and the Frogman “HooYah” is integral to the training and indoctrination program of Navy divers just as it is for Navy SEALS. Ok, SEALS are the best. But Navy Divers are not THAT far behind (at least in their twisted “can do” attitude), and I have plenty of push-ups, flutter kicks, and open ocean swims to support my case. HooYah!
Call me crazy, but when I was enlisted in 96, I remember “Hooyah” used to only be used by the SEALs and enlisted used “Hoorah”. I recall in RTC going under the bridge where we sang “Anchor’s Aweigh” it was written as Hoorah, Division Number.
Now I hear current enlisted using Hooyah. Am I going crazy?
Lee Wofford says
PAUL l DESILVA says
well said froggy!!!
and before the devil dog gets beside itself he needs to realize that oorah
originally came from fleet Marines station on the battleships and the sound aruga is the sound that came from the battleship so Marines use that as their war cry and acknowledgment
and just so you know the army hoohaah
means heard understood and acknowledged
not bad for a Seabee
yeah I’m going to charge you away and find a Foward operating base to build
if you think I’m kidding look in the army special warfare museum that is certain little CB there who saved some rangers back in Vietnam
no need to mention his name but I will Shields
no offense to the Navy’s finest warfare operators
if I’m not a SEAL / SWCC I’m not using your battle crying out of respect for the top tier
Rafael Ramirez says
Hooyah, hooah, oorah are not battle cries, they are affirmatives. They mean: yes sir! Will do, sir! Can do, sir! That is why Seals and soldiers use it constantly. Marines, being what they are, use it only when they feel is appropriate. They also do so because: “Oh! We are so much better than everyone else”
You’re not exactly right and have a shit attitude toward what SEALs respect and love the most on any battlefield, US Marines. Your Tread here was unwarranted. Now float back to your swim lane.