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The word "squid" was sometimes used as slang in the English language, and later in the Federation Standard, to refer to personnel in naval service. MACO Master Sergeant Paul Stiles commented that this began with the United States Military Forces, where US Navy personnel who stayed on oceangoing assignments were referred to as squids, while Marine Corps soldier who left their ships to fight were referred to as "sharks". Stiles confirmed that the modern usage included referring to Starfleet personnel as "squid". (STO novel: The Needs of the Many)