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shavetail

(ˈʃeɪvˌteɪl)
n
1. (Military) military slang censorious a derogatory term for a second lieutenant or newly commissioned officer
2. (Animals) a pack mule that has not been broken in or trained yet
3. censorious a person with little experience

shave•tail

(ˈʃeɪvˌteɪl)

n. Slang.
a newly commissioned army officer, esp. a second lieutenant.
[1890–95, Amer.; orig. in reference to unbroken army mules, whose tails were shaved for identification]
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Assigned to barracks, the shavetails discovered that American manhood was quite an assortment.
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"Shavetails" in the title refers to recently arrived mules whose tails had been shaved and manes roached to distinguish them as new and untrained.