Chickenshit, in addition to being a term
used to describe a coward
, is a military
term used to describe drilling
and methods that were deemed to be unnecessary by the soldiers
. Fines for such minor things as not shaving, wearing unpolished boots, or not properly making one’s bed all fell under the category of chickenshit. Though most officers
would let such indiscretions slide, others tend to enforce even the slightest of offenses.
General George S. Patton was said to be notorious for chickenshit drilling, earning him the nickname “Gorgeous Georgie,” since he expected his troops to look the best in the entire US Army. Though many of the soldiers resented it, Patton defended his actions by saying that if soldiers couldn’t carry out the smallest orders to the letter, then they couldn’t be expected to carry out the more necessary ones.