Pogue is pejorative military slang for non-combat, staff, and other rear-echelon or support units. "Pogue" frequently applies to those who do not have to undergo the risk and stresses of combat as the infantry does.
History and etymology
Most older troops maintain that POG was a backronym applied later, raising to prominence during the Global War on Terror (GWOT).
In early twentieth century gay culture, the term was an insult: "pogue" was slang for a young male who would submit to homosexual advances.
"Pogey bait" is a reference to sweets or candy, which was in usage in the military as early as 1918. The term alludes to food (and other luxuries) rarely afforded to grunts in the field.
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- The dictionary definition of pogue at Wiktionary
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