Where does the term "GI Joe" come from?


GI Joe is a popular toy produced by Hasbro. The term GI Joe comes from the First World War. The 'GI' stands for Government Issued. Joe refers to the unidentifiable male.
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The term GI Joe is believed to come from the military term 'general issue.' The term was used to describe the standard soldier or the normal soldier who was a simple enlisted man usually in the infantry. The term 'general issue' applied to everything that soldier had on him when he went into battle. Some stories state that the term 'Joe' was used because this was a common name during the WWII era. The name Joe could have applied to just about any enlisted man.
GI means Government Issued and 'Joe' is just generic name. During WW2 virtually everything soldiers used or even touched was government issued. After a while, soldiers considered them selves as 'Government Issued', or GIs. Foreigners often called all soldier 'Joes'. Thus, the term GI Joe was born, and used for the toy figures. You can find more information at en.wikipedia.org
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