90 Day Wonder

The original logo of Officer Candidate School

90 Day Wonder is a pejorative  term for a military officer who earned his position through Officer Candidate School.  The program was designed during World War II as a means of expanding the  numbers of officiers primarily during wartime.  Unlike members who go to West Point or other Officer academies, these men would become officers after only a short time (at one point as short as three-months, hence the name).  The term has since also become a term of affection.

Another new phrase from David Fears’s Dark Blonde, a book that expanded my vocabulary more than I ever expected.


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