The anal orientation of this circuit explains the oddity of military speech first noted by Norman Mailer: "Ass" means one's whole self and Shit means all surrounding circumstance
Example: (quotes from Full Metal Jacket) --- Sgt. Hartman: How tall are you, private? "Cowboy": Sir, five foot, nine, sir! Sgt. Hartman: Five foot, nine, I didn't know they stacked shit that high. --- Private Joker: Leonard, if Hartman finds us here, we'll be in a world of shit. Private Gomer Pyle: I *am*... in a world... of shit. --- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, Drill Instructor: Who said that? Who the fuck said that? Who's the slimy communist shit twinkle-toed cocksucker who just signed his own death warrant?
On the other hand:
The Military might define this as:
Definition of Hooah (hü-ä) interj. Slang used by National Guard Soldiers referring to or meaning anything and everything except “no.�?
JUST SHOUT “HOOAH�? WHEN YOU WANT TO SAY ... * Wonderful; great. * Good copy; solid copy; roger; good; great; message received; understood. * Glad to meet you; welcome. * I don’t know the answer, but I’ll check on it; I haven’t the vaguest idea. * You’ve got to be kidding. * Thank you. * Go to the next slide. * You’ve taken the correct action. * I don’t know what that means, but I am too embarrassed to ask for clarification.