- "Last time I checked, I take my orders from the Corps, not from some swabbie... sir."
- — Corporal Locklear
The term Swabbie, is a nickname for naval personnel used by UNSC Marines and ODSTs. Because the Spartan-IIs are technically a part of the UNSC Navy, they also qualify as swabbies. The term refers to the old tradition of "swabbing the decks," where the crew would clean the decks of old wooden ships.