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They're ship fenders: they're hung between Naval vessels as bumpers to prevent damage from ships docked next to each other that would collide if the fender weren't there.

Showers and 'head'

After Demi joins the men's barracks, Viggo's character asks one of the soldiers to draw up a roster for sharing showers and head. I was just wondering what the 'head' meant in this context?

"Head" is a Navy term for toilet. It's also used by the Marine Corps.

It's their equivalent of, say, a dunce cap, to show that Cortez had shamed the rest of the company for not helping O'Neill over the wall at the end of the obstacle course. As Urgayle says later, SEALs don't leave their crew members behind. Ugayle wanted to show the entire trainee company that Cortez acted inappropriately.

Later, as O'Niel is walking away from the Master Chief's quarters, Cortez is shown digging a hole with the oar as punishment.

"Dropped On Request". Urgayle and his command staff use it on their roster board to refer to anyone who leaves the training program before completing it -- hence the few trainees we see ringing the bell. The US Navy SEAL program has a very high dropout rate, as we hear explained at the beginning of O'Niel's training. The program is deliberately tough to complete because the Navy wants recruits that can handle the hard demands of the work they do.

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