"Join the Army/Navy and See the World"
Barry A. Popik
Bapopik at AOL.COM
Sun May 9 01:40:48 UTC 1999
"Join the Army and See the World" was in OUR ARMY, October 1930, pg. 17.
It was a continuing header for a joke column and appeared later--it might
have appeared earlier as well.
It wasn't in the RHHDAS under "join," but may make it under "see" or
"Join the navy and see the world. SLOGAN (AMERICAN)"
--RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER'S QUOTATIONARY (1999) by Leonard Roy Frank, pg. 541.
Did it begin in the army, the navy, or in both? Frank gives no citation.
"_join the army and see the world--the next world!_ A ruefully jocular gibe
uttered by disgruntled soldiers; since c. 1948. Poking fun at the recruiting
slogan, 'Join the army and see the world.'"
--A DICTIONARY OF CATCH PHRASES (1977) by Eric Partridge, pg. 129.
"Join the army. Visit strange and exotic places. Meet fascinating people.
And kill them. SAYING (AMERICAN) 1960s."
--RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER's QUOTATIONARY, pg. 43.
Maybe I'll just see the world and leave it at that.
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