On Thu, 09 Sep 2004 17:40:18 -0400, Tony Cooper
>Navy types talk about returning "state-side". I don't know if this
>also an expression used by the other services.
I thought I would here that expression in the Army overseas but I
didn't. In Vietnam the US was invariably called "the world" by
enlisted men, as in, "I'm going back to the world next week." That
week would be expressed as "six days and a wake up".
"The world" was the place you went home to when leaving the Army. If
you were being transferred to a Stateside duty station then you were
going "CONUS", which is Army shorthand for Continental US. It was on
everyone's travel orders so it was picked up as everyday slang.