US military term; short for pollywog (tadpole), or a rookie.
Refering to US Navy enlistee or officer who has never been aboardship as it has crossed the equator. A ceremony (akin to a hazing) takes place where the captain of the ship relinquishes command to "King Poseidan" (Neptune) and the wogs undergo ritualistic torment (usually garbage and food dumped on them) and emerge on the otherside of the equator as Shellbacks... and now seasoned Navy men.
I was a wog for the first six months of my tour until we sailed of Perth and I gained my shellback.
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